The Scots in Victorian and Edwardian Belfast

A Study in Elite Migration
Hughes, Kyle
Date published: 
December 2013

The only book-length scholarly study of the Scots in modern Ireland, which brings to light the fundamental importance of Scottish migration to Belfast society during the 19th century The Scots were essential to Belfast’s industrial development, were at the centre of many cultural, philanthropic and religious initiatives, and were welcomed by the host community accordingly. Yet despite their obvious significance, in staunchly Protestant, Unionist, and at times insular and ill at ease Belfast, individual Scots could be viewed with suspicion by their hosts, dismissed as ‘strangers’ and cast in the role of interfering outsiders.