This book is dedicated to Peter Pippos and Kieran Curran whose quiet fortitude has inspired their extended families.
This book will give both sedentary and peripatetic readers a better informed sense of that part of their identity that is Irish or Scottish Highlander, whether they are still living in their original homelands or dispersed across the globe as a result of the nineteenth century diasporas. The common thread is that they are all of Atlantic Celt origin, albeit they may have over the centuries accrued a different ethnic or national foreground.
The book will present the broad sweep of social and personal circumstances that prevailed upon those ancestors who were ‘forced’ to emigrate and those who ‘chose’ to stay. An attentive reader will pick up that there is little in this book about the famines of the 1840s – surely the most obvious cause of mass emigration, more so from Ireland than Scotland, to the New World? The famines have been left out because the aim of the book is to explore the reasons for emigration at times when there was still the element of choice.