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Carrots, summer cabbages and other “coleworts” provided welcome variety in the diet. From these sids an ancient Celtic dish called sowans” was made. As you might have guessed, any of the Gaelic names starting with Fin or Finn, means fair, and parked with Ley or Laogh, means warrior, so you’ve got a name that means fair warrior/white warrior. Originating in the Hebrides Islands, the name MacNeill, as you could have guessed, means son of Neil and is a common Scots clan name. Considering our origins and cultures are very similar, you can understand why surnames would be similar too, for instance, they use Mac or Mc as well as Ó, both meaning ‘son of’, just like we do. The pop star’s real name is Marshall Mathers, and reports from the family tree have shown he has a descendent from Edinburgh.

The Highland clearances actively discouraged the use of Gaelic, and caused the number of Gaelic speakers to fall. Many Gaelic speakers emigrated to countries such as Canada or moved to the industrial cities of lowland Scotland. Communities, where the language is still spoken natively, are restricted to the west coast of Scotland; especially the Hebrides. However, some Gaelic speakers also live in the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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Even those who have never been further north than Dumbarton. We love a good Viking story.Certainly we feel a kin with our near-neighbours. The Scandinavians have intertwined nicely into our historical storyline and Viking tales and heritage remain integral on the Northern Isles in particular. We are very proudly European for the most part, long taking a curious comfort from our Auld Alliance with the French and our modern-day infatuation with the Spanish , despite the stark cultural differences.

So what are the Scots really?

In 1691, the City of Warsaw elected the Scottish immigrant Aleksander Czamer as its mayor. From as far back as the mid-16th century there were Scots trading and settling in Poland. A “Scotch Pedlar’s Pack in Poland” became a proverbial expression. It usually consisted of cloths, woollen goods and linen kerchiefs .

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When searching the church registers, you might get the best results by starting your search broadly, with a given name, a surname and a county. The few death and burial records that exist in the parish registers contain sparse information. You might find only a name and the date of death or burial, making it hard to determine if it’s the right person. Sometimes the record adds the age at death, the cause of death, the name of the spouse or father and the place of residence. A married woman might be referred to by her maiden name, as someone’s wife (“John Ferguson’s wife”) or as a widow (“Widow Ewing”). Records of the Church of Scotland before the introduction of civil registration in 1855 are known as the Old Parish Registers or Old Parochial Registers .

The emotional pull she feels to this place is the driver behind what the industry calls ‘ancestral tourism’ – and in a small country such as Scotland, it’s a valued source of income. But more than 50 million people worldwide have a family link to the country, and the Scottish government wants to attract more of them to visit. “There’s plenty of potential to grow this market,” says Noelle Campbell, international marketing manager of official tourism body VisitScotland. If you’re in Edinburgh and want to trace your ancestors, try the Scotland’s People Centre which has been helping people trace their roots since 1953. The National Records of Scotland also has family, business and church records, testaments, registers of property and records of the government of Scotland. If you’re in Glasgow, The Mitchell Library has extensive family histories, voters’ rolls, street directories and graduation and emigrants lists.

There, staff help with conundrums like surname variants – Ferguson says that even a seemingly straightforward name like his own has about 10 different spellings. Drawn mainly from the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – historical destinations for Scottish emigrants – ancestral tourists are an economic boon for the nation. National Tartan Day originated in New York City when mayor Ed Koch declared July 1, 1982, a one-time celebration of the 200th anniversary of repealing the Act of Proscription . This Act of the British Parliament forbade Highlanders from wearing tartan, including kilts, in an attempt to destroy allegiances to their clans. In 2004, the National Capital Tartan Day Committee lobbied U.S. House Representatives to designate April 6 as National Tartan Day.

The Russian census lists do not distinguish Scots from other British people, so it is hard to establish reliable figures for the number of Scots living and working in modern Russia. Other European countries have had their share of Scots immigrants. The Scots have emigrated to mainland Europe for centuries as merchants and soldiers. Many emigrated to France, Poland, Italy, Germany, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands. Recently some scholars suggested that up to 250,000 Russian nationals may have Scottish ancestry. Many people of Scottish descent live in other parts of the United Kingdom.

In Scotland the main Protestant body is the Church of Scotland which is Presbyterian. In the United States, people of Scottish and Scots-Irish descent are chiefly Protestant, especially in the US South, with many belonging to the Baptist or Methodist churches or various Presbyterian denominations. Lowland Scots, also known as Lallans or Doric, is a language of Germanic origin. After the wars of independence, the English used by Lowland Scots speakers evolved in a different direction from that of Modern English.

In Ulster particularly the colonial policies of James VI, known as the plantation of Ulster, resulted in a Presbyterian and Scottish society, which formed the Ulster-Scots community. The Protestant Ascendancy did not however benefit them much, as the ascendancy was predominantly Anglican. The number of people of Scottish descent in England and Wales is difficult to quantify due to the many complex migrations on the island, and ancient migration patterns due to wars, famine and conquest. The 2011 Census recorded 708,872 people born in Scotland resident in England, 24,346 resident in Wales and 15,455 resident in Northern Ireland. Scottish migration to New Zealand dates back to the earliest period of European colonisation, with a large proportion of Pākehā New Zealanders being of Scottish descent.

The Scots who emigrated to North America brought with them memories of dramatic scenery studded with over 2,000 castles. When George Stephen, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, named Banff in 1884, he was recalling the landscape of his birthplace, Banffshire, Scotland. To entice wealthy tourists to journey to the Rockies by train, the Canadian Pacific Railway built a series of magnificent hotels. Banff Springs Hotel, now The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, opened in 1888 and is like a Scottish castle set against a dramatic snow-peaked background with fairytale turrets peeking above evergreen forests. Rick Crume has traced his ancestors in the Scottish counties of Perth and Stirling back to the 18th century.