The Scots, Forgotten Founders of America…a free talk open to the public tonight in Charlestown, Massachusetts!
WHEN: Tonight, Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Charlestown, Massachusetts, in the Education Room of the Bunker Hill Museum.
HOSTS: The Charlestown Historical Society
There are between 20 and 25 million Americans who claim Scottish ancestry, or roughly eight (8) percent of the U.S. population. There are currently five times the number of Scots living in the U.S. as there are citizens of Scotland itself. In recognition of the role played by Scottish and Scotch-Irish settlers in the United States, on April 4, 2008 President George W. Bush signed a Presidential Proclamation making April 6 NATIONAL TARTAN DAY in recognition of the contributions that, “Americans of Scottish decent have made to our Nation with their hard work, faith and values.”
The story of the Scots in America began in 1707 when the Act of Union joined the parliaments of England and Scotland and made Scottish immigration to the Britain’s American colonies legal.
What is little known is that Scottish immigration began well before 1707 and that Charlestown had a significant part to play in the migration.
Independent historian, Christopher J. Anderson, will tell the little known story of the part Charlestown played in bringing some of the very first Scots to New England and the important role these settlers and their descendants would play in the early life of the colony and, after the Revolution, the country.