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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Scotch Irish In North Carolina

North Carolina has an incredible heritage of freedom which was brought to this state by the Scotch Irish. To date it has the largest saturation of Scots in the US. I have read that the first Scots were drawn to North Carolina, as well as Tennessee and Southern Virginia, because the Blue ridge Mountains looked so similar to the mountains of Scotland. In the Fort Bragg cemetery, old headstones can still be seen with epitaphs in Gaelic. This heritage of freedom began right before the founding of our country, when a small North Carolina county declared it's independence and war on Britain. Two major battles occurred here during the War for Independence. During the War for Southern Independence North Carolina supplied one sixth of the South's fighting men, or 125,000, and this resulted in North Carolina suffering more casualties than any other state.

We recently returned from a vacation in the mountains of North Carolina. The fall colors are absolutely stunning!
North Carolina in the Fall from Delta01 on Vimeo.


While there, we visited the Scottish Tartan Museum in nearby Franklin. If any of y'all are ever up that way, I highly recommend it. The tour was very interesting, although it was slanted in favor of Mary, Queen of Scots, but all things considered, it was very good.

Visit To The Tartan Museum from Delta01 on Vimeo.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Bria said...

Oh I would have loved to have been there! You and your family probably had so much fun!

November 18, 2008 at 12:57 PM  
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November 19, 2008 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger Sarah Boyd said...

"My heart will go on".........

November 20, 2008 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger RGM said...

Interesting post Stephen, I enjoyed it especially because my family's heritage runs deep in North Carolina, all the way back to the 1630s. The county that declared uts independence from Britain, (Mecklinberg County) was, and still is, the home of my family. My 5xGranddaddy was one of those 125,000 men who served honourably in the War for Southern Idependence, for the State of North Carolina, and praise the Lord, he survived the war, and here I am :).
Looks like y'all had a great time on y'alls trip.

Deo Vindice

RG

November 23, 2008 at 6:28 PM  

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