Importance of the Irish Sea as a Conduit of Scots-Irish Culture

According to Voyageurs to the West by Bernard Bailyn (New York:  Alfred A. Knopf, 1986) pp. 110-111, every side of the Irish Sea contributed bloodlines.  It was an ongoing process, especially Northern Ireland and Western Scotland (well supplied with English/Welsh emigrants back and forth over the boundary lines).  There was a constant exchange.  Add these terms to your checklist of peoples:


__Ulster Irish

__Northern Irish



__North Britons


__Ulster Protestants (non-Presbyterian)


__Norman French

__Celtic Irish

__Gaelic Irish

__Scottish Highlanders (contrary to popular and historical commentaries)

__and even Cornish Miners

__Vikings (10th c.)

__German Saxons (6th c.)

__Romans (1st c.)

__Brigantes (bef 80 AD)

The Irish Sea became a unified cultural region because of the constant ebb and flow of the population across that sea.  And the Scots-Irish came from that cultural region.  Your favorite genealogist, Arlene Eakle

PS  Stay tuned–I am searching for a map showing the exact areas around the Irish Sea.  You won’t want to miss it.


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