Scotch-Irish-L Archives

Archiver > Scotch-Irish > 1998-02 > 0886904121-03


From: William F Shaughnessy< >
Subject: Re: the Irish question
Date: Sat, 07 Feb 1998 21:15:21 EST


On Fri, 6 Feb 1998 14:56:22 EST writes:
>In a message dated 98-02-06 11:00:28 EST, writes:
>
><< And now in 1998 we need to acknowledge that most Ulsterfolk adopt
>one
> of two ethnic identities which history has given them little choice
>but
> to do. And that the way forward is to acknowledge that and to find a
> way to forge a new identity -- which is inclusive of both ethniticies
>--
> or some other solution which we cannot foresee because only our
>children
> can. I don't find denying the ethnic problem's validity helpful.
> A new "Irish" ethnicity must evolve that is inclusive, not exclusive.
>
> Linda Merle
> >>
>Dear Linda and list,
>
>Knowing, ashamedly, very little about the history of the old country,
>I've
>been quietly watching the various friendly and not so friendly
>discussions
>about ethnic differences, religion, and geographic location as
>determinents of
>Scot, or Irish or Scots-Irish.
>
>I would like to throw this into the woodpile and see how it burns:
>
>My ancestor William Lindsay was a Presbyterian from County Down, as
>was his
>father and grandfather. William emigrated in 1847 and married an
>American.
>He was buried in New Kensington PA in 1894. A few years ago I made
>the trip
>and visited his grave. Marking his grave is a large granite stone
>decorated
>with shamrocks. The shamrocks say to me that William Lindsay was
>considered
>to be an Irishman and must have considered himself to be so too.
>
>It seems as tho, at least in this case, a fella born in Ireland had no
>trouble
>saying he was Irish, at least in 1894. For what else could he be?
>
>
>
>
>

Nancy:

I could make some comments here, but New Ken is a little way out of
my stomping grounds. But it is Linda's home ground.

Bill

_____________________________________________________________________
You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail.
Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com
Or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]

This thread: