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From: Betty Bivins <>
Subject: Re: Fw: The Irish in America
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 1998 19:31:15 -0500


Hey all you people---Scotch is a whiskey--why were they not called
Scotts-Irish or Scotland-Irish?
PLease don't all of you answer my question--just the ones who "really'
know they answer.
I enjoy reading all the comments on this list serve.
betty in GEORGIA
Raymond W. Ryan Jr. wrote:
>
> ----------
> > From: Raymond W. Ryan Jr. <>
> > To:
> > Subject: Re: The Irish in America
> > Date: Wednesday, January 28, 1998 1:09 AM
> >
> > Hi SaraWeb,
> > Although the main thrust of the potato famine was felt in the west and
> > northwest of Ireland, Northern Ireland also suffered many hardships
> during
> > this time due to the blight. I would be interested to know the source of
> > information that "then wanted to be known as the "Scotch-Irish." Did
> they
> > call themselves "Scotch-Irish" in the 1840s? Also, if they lived during
> > that time and in Ireland, why not call them the "potato people"? The
> > famine was pretty much Ireland-wide. Thanks for your answers.
> > Best regards,
> > Ray
> >
> > Raymond Whiting Ryan, Jr. (descended from: Boyd, Carmichael, Harkness,
> > Andrews, Wilson, Baskin, Skinner, Lester, Butler, Mullins, Edwards,
> Evans,
> > Liggan, Aiken, Macklin, Farley, Ryan, and others still trying to figure
> > out) equals = Scotch, Irish, English, Welsh, and Scots-Irish.
> >
> > --------
> > > From: SaraLWeb <>
> > > To:
> > > Subject: The Irish in America
> > > Date: Tuesday, January 27, 1998 6:08 PM
> > >
> > > The first installment of this program opened with a parade of kilted
> > pipers
> > > playing "Scotland the Brave". The Scotch-Irish immigration to America
> > was
> > > given about the first 10 minutes. I know this might sound prejudicial
> > but the
> > > program has made it very clear to me that our Scotch-Irish heritage
> > certainly
> > > is not that of the "potato people" (this is what they are called in the
> > > documentary) and I understand why we then wanted to be known as the
> > "Scotch-
> > > Irish".

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