Description - Scottish Exodus by James Hunter
Over the years, millions of native Scots have left their home country but, until now, they have been written about only in general terms. Scottish Exodus breaks new ground by taking a set of emigrants, by the name of MacLeod and, with the help of their descendants, investigating exactly what happened to them. These people began as Scots but became, among other things, French aristocrats, Polish resistance fighters and revolutionaries, Irish priests, Texan ranchers, New Zealand shepherds, Australian goldminers, prairie homesteaders, Aboriginal and African-American activists, Canadian mounted policemen, Confederate rebels and Nova Scotian farmers. One nineteenth-century MacLeod even went so far as to swap his Gaelic for Arabic and his Christianity for Islam before settling down comfortably in Cairo. This groundbreaking account of Scotland's worldwide diaspora is based on unpublished documents, letters and family histories. It is also based on the author's international travels in the company of today's MacLeods - some of them still in Scotland, others in countries such as the United States, Australia, Canada, England, Poland, France, New Zealand and South Africa.
Scottish Exodus is a tale of horror and hardship, disastrous voyages, famine and dispossession: the hazards of pioneering on faraway frontiers. But it is also the moving story of how people separated from Scotland by hundreds of years and thousands of miles continue to identify with the small country where their global journeys began.
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Author Biography - James Hunter
James Hunter is the director of the Centre for History at the UHI Millennium Institute, the propsective University of the Highlands and Islands. He is the author of several acclaimed books on Scottish history and has been prominent in the public life of the Highlands and Islands. He was the first director of the Scottish Crofters Union and, more recently, was chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise. He lives in Kiltarlity, near Inverness.