Where are the Scots communities in England then?
The most commonly cited instance of such a community in England is the iron and steel workers of Corby who came to work in that new Northamptonshire industry from 1910. Amongst their great achievements over the years was the making of the PLUTO pipes to take oil supplies to the DDay beaches. Well over 25% of its population today is believed to be either first or second generation Scot.
But Corby is not alone! We’re already talking to people in Derbyshire too, and not just because Derby marks the closest to the English capital ever reached by an army from Scotland! Derby remembers the arrival of Bonnie Prince Charlie with great annual fanfare, but nearby Ashbourne also hosts a popular annual Highland Gathering and we hope to visit this year’s on 15th July to see what Diaspora stories we might be able to uncover…
So will any and all readers here who know of Highland Games, Gatherings or any other Scottish events taking place in England which are organised by migrant Scottish communities please be in touch with Gordon Prestoungrange – firstname.lastname@example.org – as soon as possible!