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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 overseas politics or even battle. The authors use new fabric to discover Scottish migrant networks and private reports in parts equivalent to the Caribbean, New Zealand and Australia.

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With so many young Scots serving as military cadets, professional and national sensibilities combined to meet a sojourner’s need for cultural familiarity and companionship. In 1772 James Campbell, a sibling of William Campbell of Succoth, joined his brother in the Madras army. 88 Mutual support often took the form of established Scots agreeing to foster and accommodate newly arrived individuals. Claud Alexander from Ayrshire lent money to the civil servant John Kinloch on the basis that they both knew David Anderson from Berwickshire.

Indeed sojourners faced considerable expectations and a degree of pressure not to return home without the wherewithal to support themselves and their families. When in EUROPEANS, BRITONS, AND SCOTS 37 1777 Captain John Wedderburn of Pearise’s mental instability resulted in his impecunious return from India, he and his family suffered considerable social embarrassment. As a result, Kathie Wedderburn wrote to her and John’s brother Charles Wedderburn, also in India, asking him not to return. She argued: I entreat you will never think of following your business as a surgeon in this country, it is impossible.

31 Scots differed little, if at all, from their British colleagues in their willingness to associate with Indians, and indeed they had sound reasons for doing so. Good European-Indian relations facilitated the accumulation of wealth and thus the likelihood of the sojourner returning home. The 1748 Madras journal of Lieutenant John Grant from Strathspey noted that European merchants ‘kept twenty to thirty of these black people’, including two dubashes (commercial agents) who were charged with carrying on trade with the ‘country black merchants’.

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