GW-Scots-Irish

The Great Westmen:

The Scots-Irish in America

     This is just a small snap shot of some famous Scots-Irish that came to America. Scots-Irish contributions to Westernkind are legion, this is but a small sample. Their history is rich and their contribution to Westernkind is deep and broad.

     Scotch-Irish (or Scots-Irish) Americans are descendants of Ulster Protestants who immigrated from Ulster in northern Ireland to America during the 18th and 19th centuries; whose ancestors had originally migrated mainly from the Scottish Lowlands and Northern England (and sometimes from the Anglo-Scottish border).

     The term Scotch-Irish or Scots-Irish is used primarily in the United States, with respect to people in Great Britain or Ireland who are of a similar ancestry, identifying as Ulster Scots people. When King Charles I attempted to force membership into the Church of England in the 1630s, many chose to emigrate to North America where religious liberty was greater. Later attempts to force the Church of England’s control over dissident Protestants in Ireland led to further waves of emigration to the trans-Atlantic colonies.

     The musical background of the video are instrumental versions of Stephen Foster’s popular classics.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hello, my name is Joseph Montag. I happen to have the same last name as the protagonist in the novel Fahrenheit 451. In the novel, Montag works as a fireman that destroys the cultural memory of his people by burning books. If the book were written today he would also be tearing down statues. Realizing his folly, he has a change of heart and instead of destroying the cultural memory of his people, he begins to save it.

     As a Westman I endeavor to preserve our cultural memory and educate fellow Westmen as to the accomplishments of Westernkind. I feel it is important to keep our story alive and focused upon the marvelous achievements of us as a people. I never realized that the depth and breadth of our achievements was so wide and deep until I came to White wellbeing and began investigating what was hidden from me in plain sight. I had become deracinated and disconnected from my people. Now I am shaking off my White noir, taking pride in Westernkind and reconnecting with my people at multiple levels, both online and in real life.

     I like researching and studying the stories of individual Westmen because it puts a human face on it and exposes the bond of kinship we all have to those Westmen that came before us. I hope these stories help you better understand and connect with Westernkind, with the Westman inside of you. It is our story, it is in us all, and each of us writes a new chapter everyday.