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One of Scotland’s Greatest Export

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 10:00

It has often been said that one of Scotland’s greatest exports was its people. For over hundreds of years Scots either willingly or forced left their native shores. Those that chose to go went to counties that were desperate for their skills and they hoped for a better life for their families. These counties included Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States of America.


There are few people in Scotland who do not know of relations or friends that made the journey across the oceans, or more recently across the skies. Apart from the usual countries I have been contacted by Scottish descendants of the original migrants in countries such as Argentina, where one client told me that his Scottish surname of MacLeod had remained with the same spelling but the Christian names had a Latin equivalent. 

David Roseburgh of Scottish Genealogy Research are specialists in researching the genealogical records of Scotland. 'Your Scottish family tree can be more than names and dates. Our in depth research discovers what your ancestors did for a living, where they were born, married and died. We leave no stone unturned and accuracy is guaranteed.'


Those left behind wave farewell to 260 young Hebrideans who have set sail, in search of a new and better life, from Stornoway harbour in the Isle of Lewis ...


Passenger ship poster from 1888 showing the time and costs of travelling to far-off countries.