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Scots Abroad

Scots Abroad


Scots Abroad


Since the late mediaeval period, Scottish migrants have ventured beyond the British Isles to the furthest reaches of the globe. This course will explore the long tradition of a mobile Scottish population by examining some of the main themes of the Scottish diaspora. We will begin by looking at the involvement of Scots in early modern Europe, which set the stage for Scots’ economic ventures into the Atlantic world during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The course will also examine the cultural and intellectual contributions of Scots to societies around the world. Finally, it will explore the nineteenth century destinations of Canada, India, and the Antipodes. Along the way we will read frst-hand accounts of Scottish emigrants and their experiences abroad. Proposed titles to be discussed:

• Late Mediaeval and Early Modern travels: Scots in Europe
• Scots in Scandinavia during the Seventeenth century
• The Darien Expedition
• Sojourners in the Sun: Scots and the Caribbean
• The Virginia-Glasgow Tobacco Dynasty
• Revolution: Scots and American Independence
• Scottish Culture and St Andrews Societies Around the World
• Nineteenth Century Destinations: Canada, India, and the Antipodes


Semester 1: Wednesdays,  2.00pm - 4.00pm, commencing 11th October 2017

Semester 2: Wednesdays,  2.00pm - 4.00pm, commencing 24th January 2018


Fees are payable at standard or concession rates


VENUE: Byre Theatre, Conference Room or LL Studio

Open Association - Short Courses 


Semester 2

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