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Old 10-08-2008, 09:58 AM
 
Location: The Rock!
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We are all here in the mountains of North Carolina. We have the Highland
Games at Grandfather Mountain every year. Go to Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Homepage and you will see what it is about. Most natives are Scotch Irish that came here in the 1700's and even earlier. Come on over and visit us, you will feel right at home.
It's humorously American that Scots-Irish would celebrate their ancestry with "Highland Games" since the Scots-Irish were lowland Scots!
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:13 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I have heard that the early Scot settlers in N GA, W NC and E TN were drawn to the area due to its' strong resemblance to the Scottish Highlands.
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains
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I have heard that the early Scot settlers in N GA, W NC and E TN were drawn to the area due to its' strong resemblance to the Scottish Highlands.
This is what I have read before. That when they reached the foothills, they said "we are home". Or was that the Irish?
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:23 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Whatever the land may have resembled, I think being cheap and available were the deciding criteria.
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:47 AM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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I have heard that the early Scot settlers in N GA, W NC and E TN were drawn to the area due to its' strong resemblance to the Scottish Highlands.
I have heard the same thing about Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

New England has a good amount of scots. My grandfather came to Boston from Kilmarnock. Southern Appalachia has a lot of scots-irish but many of them have been there for so long they just see themselves as American.
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Old 10-08-2008, 11:49 AM
 
Location: The Rock!
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I have heard that the early Scot settlers in N GA, W NC and E TN were drawn to the area due to its' strong resemblance to the Scottish Highlands.
I'm sure it's not too far off that it reminded them of home but it is a fact that the Ulster Scots, aka Scots-Irish, were lowland presbyterians. It is not called the Scottish Lowlands because it's all flat. In fact good parts of the "Lowlands" are about as mountainous as the "Highlands" and parts of the "Highlands" are pretty low.
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Old 10-08-2008, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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We are all here in the mountains of North Carolina. We have the Highland
Games at Grandfather Mountain every year. Go to Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Homepage and you will see what it is about. Most natives are Scotch Irish that came here in the 1700's and even earlier. Come on over and visit us, you will feel right at home.
There's often a good mix of Cherokee blood in there too (like myself). Many of my ancestors settled in the western Carolinas before coming to Alabama. At this point I don't consider myself "Scots-Irish" because there has been so much mixing over the last couple of hundred years.
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Old 10-08-2008, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I know my scottish ancestors first settled in NC and KY...
Mine are here in KY too.
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Old 10-08-2008, 03:47 PM
 
Location: moving again
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All My Scottish ansestors settled in the Appalachian region (Pennsylvania and Maryland mostly)
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Old 10-08-2008, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Strathclyde & Málaga
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That is way cool!

I've been to the Southern US but I thought most Scots would have settled more up north. But there ya go you learn something new every day

I've got friends that moved to SC, FL, NJ and TX. I like it when people ask me to speak over there, its quite cool
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