By Angela McCarthy
Migration from the British "Celtic fringe" because the eighteenth century has had an important influence at the politics, economics, demography, sociology and tradition of the recent global, as forces shaping foreign politics or even warfare. The authors use new fabric to discover Scottish migrant networks and private studies in parts corresponding to the Caribbean, New Zealand and Australia.
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A powerful inducement to cooperation was the issue of how monies made in Asia were remitted back to Europe. 56 Such arithmetic witnessed the development of sophisticated and multinational commercial networks that intersected with, and operated between, the nominally competitive East India companies. When dealing with the Danish Asiatic Company, in particular, Scottish sojourners possessed some relative advantages. In 1773 David Brown was appointed governor of the Danish base of Tranquebar. 57 Combining his formal Danish status with informal Scottish networking, Brown established contact with Alexander Pringle of Whytebank, who commenced supplying textiles to the Danish Company.
769-91; A. Mackillop, ‘Fashioning a “British” empire: Sir Archibald Campbell of Inverneil and Madras’, in A. 1600-1800 (Leiden, 2003), pp. 205-32. Marjory Harper, Emigration from North East Scotland, Vol. 1: Willing Exiles (Aberdeen, 1988), p. 319; Allan I. Macinnes, Marjory-Ann D. Harper, and Linda G. 1939: A Documentary Source Book (Edinburgh, 2002), pp. 19-20, 132-68; Devine, Scotland’s Empire, pp. 232-3. Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy, An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean (Philadelphia, 2000), pp.
21 Yet the literacy and numeracy required for sojourning mean that the surviving body of correspondence is generally representative of transient Scots in Asia. The reason why these accounts provide so much analytical potential is that different types of sources survive. Personal correspondence enabled the maintenance of intimacy with family members, with written dialogue used to overcome vast physical separation. 22 As a result, missives were often strikingly open and heartfelt. The anguish of Thomas Graham from Fife, writing from India to his brother George regarding their father’s death, is typical.
A Global Clan: Scottish Migrant Networks and Identity since the Eighteenth Century (International Library of Historical Studies) by Angela McCarthy