‘Scots and Scabs from North-by-Tweed’: Undesirable Scottish Migrants in Seventeenth- and Early Eighteenth-Century England

Keith M. Brown, Allan Kennedy (Lead / Corresponding author), Siobhan Talbott

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    Abstract

    While very prominent in the contemporary world, anxiety about the potentially negative impact that immigrants might have on their host communities has deep historical roots. In a British context, such fears were particularly heightened following the regal union of 1603 when large numbers of Scots began settling in England. This article offers a fresh perspective on these issues by exploring the experiences and reception of poor, deviant or otherwise ‘undesirable’ Scottish migrants to England during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Focusing in particular on chapmen, vagrants and criminals, it suggests that, while in general Scots were able to integrate relatively easily into English society, there existed an unwelcome subset surviving by dubious means. Though not usually attracting unduly severe treatment on account of their nationality, these unwelcome migrants had a disproportionate effect on English perceptions of and attitudes towards the broader cohort of Scottish migrants in their midst.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)241-265
    Number of pages25
    JournalScottish Historical Review
    Volume98
    Issue number2
    Early online dateSept 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019

    Keywords

    • 17 century
    • Crime
    • England
    • Migration
    • Satire
    • Scotland
    • Vagrancy

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • History

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