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    The Contribution of ULSTER / Northern Ireland to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    The Contribution of ULSTER
    to the
    UNITED STATES of AMERICA



    First published by the Ulster-American Loyalists Association, Los Angeles California in 1976,
    the Bicentennial Year of the American Revolution.





    THE SCOTCH IRISH

    NORTHERN IRELAND has a unique relationship with the United States as being the cradle of the Scotch Irish, the pioneers and frontiersmen of early American life.


    The part played by these settlers. descendants of low land Scots who had settled in the north of Ireland two hundred years earlier (hence the name Scotch Irish. has tended to be overshadowed by the tremendous 19th century emigration from other parts of Ireland to the United States. Yet the earlier Scotch Irish movement, small though it was by comparison and different in character, made an impact that was without parallel in early American history. From the Scotch Irish (or Ulster Scots as they are called in the British Isles) have been drawn more than a quarter of all the Presidents of the United States including the only three first generation Americans to achieve this office as well as State Governors, generals, writers, administrators, churchmen and teachers. Several signatories of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were Scotch Irishmen from Ulster.



    In the early seventeenth century Ulster was settled by people from Britain In what is usually referred to as "the Plantation of Ulster." These people came mainly from the Scottish Lowlands By the end of the century there were over 100,000 Scots and 25,000 English in the Province. From these people emerged a new strain of Ulstermen the "Ulster Scots" or the "Scotch Irish".


    During the years 1717 to 1770 over 250,00 Ulstermen left home with their families to settle in America. There was a constant flow of people crossing the Atlantic from Ulster a flow which at frequent intervals became a torrent. These people did not emigrate solely of their own free will but rather for social and economic reasons.



    In the year 1718 five ships sailed from Ulster to America and one group of emigrants founded and settled the township of New Londonderry in New Hampshire. Their educational standards were very high for people of their station in the early 18th century. They were mostly small farmers and labourers who had been living in a comparatively remote province of the United Kingdom.



    Ulstermen moved to the New World in such numbers that they became the most important element in the colonial population of America after the English. By the time the United States became independent one American in five was of Scotch Irish, i.e., Ulster stock.



    Ideally suited for the new life by reason of their experience as pioneers in Ulster, their qualities of character and their Ulster Scottish background, they made a unique contribution to the land of their adoption. They became the frontiersmen of colonial America, clearing the forests to make their farms and, as one would expect, they had the defects as well as the qualities of pioneers. President Theodore Roosevelt described them us "a grim, stern people, strong and powerful for good and evil, swayed by gusts of stormy passion, the love of freedom rooted in their very hearts' core..." They suffered terrible injuries at the hands of the red men, and on their foes they waged terrible warfare in return. They were also upright, resolute, fearless, and loyal to their friends, devoted to their country. In spite of their many failings, they were of all men the best fitted to conquer the wilderness and hold it against all comers."



    They took with them into the wilderness their love of religion and learning, building churches and schools as they established each new settlement or fort. The primitive centres of further learning such as the Log College of Neshaminy in Pennsylvania which they early established achieved a notable reputation as "mothers" of new colleges, their graduates taking the lead in founding new institutions and providing the first presidents who gave them their character. Indeed it was in the field of education that the Scotch Irish made one of their most important contributions to American life.



    THE SCOTCH IRISH AND THE WHITE HOUSE


    Estimates of the number of Presidents of the United States of Scotch Irish origins vary, depending on the degree of relationship on which the claim is based. For the purposes of their search for ancestral homesteads the Ulster Scot Historical Foundation accepted only those of direct Scotch Irish descent. Even limited in this way the number amounts to eleven; a notable proportion when related to the very small group from which they sprang. They are Andrew Jackson, James Knox Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses Simpson Grant, Chester Alan Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson.



    This list becomes all the more impressive when it is realized that three of the ten, Presidents Jackson, Buchanan and Arthur, were first generation Americans, i.e., Presidents whose fathers were born in Ulster. The United States Constitution lays it down that the President must be American born. In the long history of the United States these are the only three first generation Americans to achieve this high office. Andrew Jackson has left it on record that he only just made it since he was born soon after the ship in which his parents sailed from Ulster reached harbour in America. Three other Presidents, John Adams, James Monroe, and John Quincy Adams are reputed to have family links with Ulster. A further two presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower claimed to have "Scotch Irish" blood in their veins.



    THE SCOTCH IRISH AND THE REVOLUTION


    The Scotch Irish were the servants and soldiers of the Revolution. President McKinley wrote of them that "they were the first to proclaim for freedom in these United States." President Theodore Roosevelt described them as "the men who before any other declared for American independence:'



    Both references are to the Mecklenburg Resolution of Independence adopted by a convention of Scotch Irish which met in North Carolina and which was one of the steps leading up to the Declaration of Independence adopted by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1976. The latter is now regarded as marking the birth of the American nation, commemorated every year as Independence Day. Its immortal words come ringing down the centuries. "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness:" While Ulstermen and their descendants were establishing a unique record on the frontier they were also rivalling that record with their contribution to the Revolutionary cause.



    In a speech at Springfield, Ohio, on May 11, 1893, William McKinley, Governor of Ohio, later to become the 25th President, and whose ancestors came from Dervock, near Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, said about those Ulster emigrants: "They were the first to proclaim for freedom in these United States; even before Lexington the Scotch Irish blood had been shed for American freedom." McKinley was pointing out that the first encounter of the War of Independence was not at Concord and Lexington, but on the Alamance River in North Carolina when on May 14th, 1771, there was a clash between the Ulster Irish of that region and a British force under Governor Tryon.



    Among the signatories of the Declaration of Independence were five Scotch Irish delegates and one Scot with Ulster associations. They were Thomas McKean, Edward Rutledge, James Smith, George Taylor, Matthew Thornton, and Philip Livingstone, a Scot but whose great grandfather had been from County Down.



    The Secretary of the Congress which adopted the Declaration was an Ulsterman, Charles Thomson from Maghera, County Londonderry. It was first printed by another Ulsterman, John Dunlap a native of Strabane, County Tyrone, who is also remembered as the founder of the first daily newspaper in America, the Pennsylvania Packet.



    One of the four members of Washington's first Cabinet, Henry Knox, came from Ulster. When Washington organized the first Supreme Court lie appointed John Rutledge, son of an Ulsterman, as one of the four Associate Justices under Chief Justice Lay whom Rutledge later succeeded.



    As would be expected of frontiersmen, the fighting qualities of the Scotch Irish came to the fore during the struggle for independence and in the subsequent conflicts in America. During the War of Independence General George Washington held in high regard his troops of Ulster origin. Throughout the War a large proportion of his troops were men of Ulster origins In tribute to them Washington said: "If defeated everywhere else. I will make my last stand for liberty among the Scotch Irish of my native Virginia." The great Civil War General, Robert E. Lee considered the Scotch Irish to have made fine soldiers because they had the courage and determination of the Scots with the dash and intrepidity of the Irish.



    General Stonewall Jackson is perhaps the best known of the fighting Scotch Irish and his great grandfather, John Jackson, went to America about 1748. A site at the Birches, County Armagh, is traditionally regarded as his home. Another Scotch Irish military leader was General Sam Houston, first President of the Republic of Texas, and Governor of Tennessee. He was the son of a Major Samuel Houston, veteran of the Revolutionary War, whose ancestors left Ulster for America in 1735.



    Frontier fighter and Hero of the Alamo, Davy Crockett, came from Scotch Irish stock too. His father, John Crockett, emigrated to America from Londonderry with his parents in the 18th century.



    FAMOUS ULSTERMEN IN OTHER WALKS OF LIFE


    In the publishing world. in addition to John Dunlap, who was previously mentioned, who printed the first daily newspaper in the United States, was Horace Greeley, founder of the New York Tribune. Colonel Robert R. McCormick, proprietor of the Chicago Tribune and Harold Wallace Ross, founder of the New Yorker.



    Edgar Alan Poe was of Scotch Irish descent as also was the song writer, Stephen Foster, whose great grandfather sailed to America from Londonderry about 1728.



    The founder of the American Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Francis Makemie, was an Ulsterman. The Rev. John Rodgers, whose father came from Londonderry, was the first Moderator of the first General Assembly. The second was the Rev. Robert Smith, also from Londonderry.



    Andrew Mellon, financier was a descendant of people from Newtownstewart, County Tyrone. Robert Fulton, pioneer of the steam boat, Samuel Morse, inventor of Morse Code, and Cyrus McCormack, inventor of the reaping machine, all had ancestors from Ulster.



    In the field of education, descendants of Ulster people and Ulster people themselves were responsible, either wholly or in part, for the foundation of many great educational Institutions of the United States. They founded Log College which gave birth to the University of Princeton, also to Jefferson College, Hampden Sidney College, the University of North Carolina, University of Pennsylvania, and to Washington and Lee University of Virginia. The founder of Lafayette College was of Ulster stock; the first President of Bowdoin and the first President of what later became the University of Nashville were also of Ulster descent.


    Recently interest in research of the early settlers and founders of the United States has spread to institutions. particularly universities, where there is a growing realisation that the greatest contribution of the Scotch Irish to America was not in the national leaders they produced, nor even in the possibly decisive part they played in the Revolutionary War, but in the formative influence they had on the American character and way of life.




    AMERICAN PRESIDENTS OF ULSTER DESCENT


    1. Andrew Jackson. 7th President. 1829 1837. Co. Antrim.
    2. James Knox Polk. 11th President. 1845 1849. Co. Londonderry.
    3. James Buchanan. 15th President. 1857 1861. Co. Tyrone.
    4. Andrew Johnson. 17th President. 1865 1869. Co. Antrim.
    5. Ulysses S. Grant. 18th President. 1869 1877. Co. Tyrone.
    6. Chester A. Arthur. 21st President. 1881 1885. Co. Antrim.
    7. Stephen Grover Cleveland. 22nd & 24th President. 1885 1889,1893 1897.
    8. Benjamin Harrison. 23rd 1889 1893. Co. Antrim.
    9. William McKinley. 25th 1897 1901. Co. Antrim.
    10. Theodore Roosevelt. 26th 1901 1904. Co. Antrim.
    11. Thomas Woodrow Wilson. 28th 1913 1921. Co. Tyrone.


    Presidents John Adams. John Quincy Adams and James Monroe are reputed to lave family links with Ulster but these are rather tenuous. Presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower claimed to have 'Scotch Irish' blood in their veins.


    "I love Highlanders, and I lone Lowlanders, but when 1 cone to the branch of our race which has been grafted on to the Ulster stem I take my hat off with veneration crud with awe. They are, I believe, without exception the toughest, the most dominant, the most irresistible race that exists in the universe at this moment." Lord Rosebery.


    "From the near 1718, and all through the century a continuous stream of emigration poured from the North of Ireland, a stream that, at .frequent internals, became a flood... What did they dot What was the nature of their contribution to the United States?" Ulster Sails West, W. F. Marshall.


    "In assessing the contribution of the Scotch Irish to American life and culture, three fields stand high on the list: their influence in education, religion and politics." The Scotch Irish: A Social History, James G. Leyburn


    "... it is doubtful if we have wholly realised the importance of the part played by that stern and virile people... the men who had followed Cromwell, and who had shared in the defence of Derry, and before any other declared for American Independence."
    Winning the West Vol. I, Theodore Roosevelt



    In conclusion it must be pointed out that some writers relate truly, as they think, and without any malice of intent, the contribution of "Irishmen" to the making of the United States. There are also those echo nurse an "anti Ulster" bias and set down half truths and argue that an Ulsterman is an Irishman. These writers do so to deliberately deceive and fail to remember that the people they claim as their own would be the first to protest were they able to do so.



    The "Irish" who have made such a great contribution to the United States of America are those people of Scottish extraction who emigrated from Ulster and not those who emigrated from Southern Ireland. In fact there was no substantial body of Southern Irish in America until the 19th century.



    President Theodore Roosevelt in his History of New York states the truth clearly: "It is a curious fact that in the Revolutionary War, the Germans and Catholic Irish should have furnished the bulk of the auxiliaries (mercenaries) to the regular English soldiers; but the most ardent Americans of all were the Presbyterian Irish settlers and their descendants."



    Owen Wister in A Square Deal is even more outspoken in support of the truth and in discrediting the lies and half-truths that, even today, are still being voiced by people who are supposed to be respected politicians: "Americans are being told in these days that they owe a debt of support to Irish Independence, because the Irish fought with us in our own struggle for independence. Yes, the Irish did, and we do owe a debt of support. But it was the Orange Irish who fought in our Revolution, and not the Green Irish."

    Maureen Wilcher




    The Contribution of ULSTER to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 15 VI 2021.


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    'Au contraire': The worst thing Scots did to America, was through rehabbed Jacobites pushing for concessions in 1763 to the French and going to the French in 1776. Yes, that's right, the Anglophobia between them ruined the Empire. It may seem odd how they, Scots and French, should somehow profit by remaining within said Dominions--under 'evil English rule', for Nova Scotia is adjacent to old New France, since replaced by New Brunswick. Compare that to how the Auld Alliance of Mary Stuart and Francis Valois was followed by the Orangist/Hanoverian inheritance after the Union, this in and of itself later replaced by the Indian Raj.

    American and Irish republicanism are of English derivation from Oliver Cromwell, who was the next best thing generationally to Queen Jane, in the evolution of the English government. If you look at the main difference between America and Canada, it is the English and Scottish characters of the folks and our main foreign connections, hence the Spanish and French living divided betwixt and amongst us. The main non-Anglos of America date back to Queen Mary's husband King Philip's realms, in Spain (Mexicans), the Two Sicilies (Italians) and even Jerusalem (is that the Crusader mentality, lol?). We can't truly be shocked that the Tudor colonisation was done in conjunction with that of the Spaniards, due to Catherine of Aragon and her parents' employment of Christopher Columbus, any more than the effects of Marie de Guise on Scottish conspiracies with the French. Queen Mary and King Philip began the first Plantation in Leinster, on the heels of the Henrician and Edwardian reformations, before Essex in Ulster (James and his 'baronets' messed this up!) and Queen Elizabeth retook Munster, followed by Cromwell in Connaught.

    To be a true English patriot, I should say that Anglo-Hispanic politics are more helpful than Scoto-French, because our dread sovereign lords were Kings of France and Ireland as well as of England, so our opponents were effectively in rebellion and unlawfully acquired our estates. I'm really not sold on the Anglo-Scottish-Irish unions as necessarily beneficial, any more than the Bourbon unions of France-Navarre-Spain, because they primarily served to perpetuate the Auld Alliance. No Scotsman should have been allowed to usurp the Anglo-Franco-Irish Crowns (hence the wars, trial and execution of Charles) and it was legitimate to partner with the Habsburgs to offset the Valois usurpers who contrived all of this. So, no, Scots get too much credit for English achievements and don't deserve the perpetual victim status either, having piggybacked us all the while, like leeches, hiding under cover of the 'British' identity to do so, whenever they aren't claiming to be 'innocent, hapless Celts'.

    There are also only 8 Celtic Presidents...1 Welsh: Davis (ain't counting Obama!); 5 Scottish: Monroe, Polk, Buchanan, Arthur, McKinley; 2 Irish: Kennedy and Reagan. The rest being 37 are Germanic and 31 English, apart from the 3 Dutch and 3 German. If one is to tally up the Anglocentric focus here, it is a total of 34 whose English, Welsh and Irish origins come from the original Tudor collective, with only 11 whose Scottish, Dutch and German origins come from the later Stuart and Hanoverian collectives. I've seen enough antipathy for my English roots and similar dismissal of the Welsh and Irish as somehow less Germanic than the Scots, whose ties to the Dutch and Germans apparently give their Celtic identity a free pass instead. The proportion of Dutch and German to English in America is also overinflated beyond reckoning. Almost every Germanic or Celtic family claiming otherwise, does have English ancestry, but the diversity brigade extolls erstwhile exoticism of Dutch (van Buren and the van Rosenvelts) and Germans (Huber, Eisenhauer, Trump), no different than the Scots' butthurt bonanzas from which they all derive their stances offending (White) Anglo-Saxon (Protestant) heritage as the de facto American standard to be vilified ceaselessly. So, yes, the ethnic proportions of Presidents do match the actual populations they belonged to and where I live in Appalachia, most surnames are indeed English, NOT Scottish.

    Now, let's get to Ulster and Northern Ireland, where Derry is more rightfully a playground of London. I should take a few moments to declare it's been a casual lapse of judgment to allow the Scots free reign there, WHERE THEY DON'T BELONG! I suppose I really would now side with the Gerry Adamses over the Ian Paisleys, because it's a choice between English or Scottish in Ireland and I'm tired of affording those north of the Wall more patience than they deserve. Ulster belonged to the Normans, Plantagenets and Tudors all whilst the Balliols, Bruces and Stewarts were wantonly prostituting themselves before the Capetians, Valois and Bourbons...in no position to attempt a land grab across the Irish Sea. Edward Bruce tried and failed miserably in his quest to become High King in place of much-maligned English King Edward II, Prince of Wales and Lord of Ireland. Randall Wallace exploited ignorance and salacious nonsense in making Braveheart with Mel Gibson, but I've had enough just accepting the British Union as a utilitarian matter. Supposedly, letting the Scots have their way with England and Ireland, whilst pawning off our title to France was a smart strategy, because it reincorporated Lothian and them over all into our living room in the idea of 2 to 1 odds, except the Union wasn't Anglo-Irish like it was supposed to be and our Dublin friends got the shaft instead, for the 'glory' of Edinburgh.

    If 'Celts' are all supposed to belong together--and Germanics, too, for that matter, why then do the Scots and Irish hate each other so much and blame us English for it, whilst the Germans like Scots more than they do English? Blood and soil, or nation and state, don't exist in academic vacuums or laboratory conditions, so it's simple reality that English and Irish, Scottish and German, are more the actual political and infrastructural alignments, the cards we're dealt with. It is in not accepting this, some thinktanks like the Celtic League (or even some at Skadi) may perpetuate frustration at reality not matching expectations. I'm feeling more pragmatically ethnonationalist now rather than how I used to be as an idealistic (utopian!) metaethnicist, the older I get. I accept that the Auld Alliance won in the Commonwealth and that Washington and Dublin are the true representatives of the older Anglo-Irish establishment, so I give up romanticising the 'British' (Scottish!) Empire as a sham, as false as the French situation when the fleur d'lys was abandoned and the Bonapartists had their way with our Angevin inheritance, derived from Ragnar and Rollo in Normandy--tied to our Danelaw and rather the whole point of it all. I'm legally entitled to claim myself a 'British' subject (hah) by descent, but have found my English birthright not preserved by the Scottish establishment and now do I perfectly understand 1776 as well as 1916.

    Also, if America could not have Quebec due to Scottish sabotage, at least we have Louisiana for our Anglo interests--a duplication of Transatlantic historical developments. On a related note to Scottish subversives, it's 'rich' of the Scots wanting to Leave the UK and Remain in the EU, only because they couldn't control England anymore in Britain and would still rather be pawns of the French (most royal dynasties in Europe are French), no matter what. In this environment, Northern Ireland must not be allowed to fall into Scottish hands, any further, whatever its fate is otherwise decided on both shores of the Irish Sea. Likewise, the legacy of Ulster and Northern Ireland should not be wholesale lost to Scottish historiography as an official dogma. If indeed Scotland and Ireland were to reunite on a metaethnic basis, it would only be fair or logical if English and German folk were to triumph over similar fratricidal fixations and be the other party to this debate about shared origins and destinies, but if one isn't going to happen between London and Berlin, I'm not stoked about Edinburgh and Dublin forming one defined by them in collusion.

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    I don't trace many Ulster Scots in my family tree, but one paternal ancestor from Co Antrim (if I remember correctly) served as a Sergeant in the Continental Army during our War of Independence aka Revolutionary War. He was apparently a descendant of Scots from the Clan Lennox/Lemmnachd (sic?). He emigrated to the Colony of North Carolina some years before the war.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYAnglo View Post
    I don't trace many Ulster Scots in my family tree, but one paternal ancestor from Co Antrim (if I remember correctly) served as a Sergeant in the Continental Army during our War of Independence aka Revolutionary War. He was apparently a descendant of Scots from the Clan Lennox/Lemmnachd (sic?). He emigrated to the Colony of North Carolina some years before the war.
    Lennox is Stewart land, as Richmond is Tudor land. These were joined together with Aubigny and Gordon dukedoms. Tudor and Stewart are British of Welsh and Breton origins, which they may have tried to refashion out of their feudal holdings into a single British realm, but it is just their Celtic patrimony that is getting all the attention and sense of importance. We really ought to have a UK of Saxons and Britons, because Irish fits inside British. They don't call it Anglo-Celtic without reason.

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    My 18th century Ulster colonist ancestor (6x great grandfather) was a descendant of Clan Lennox, his surname was Lackey/Lecky. If the Lecky family tree can be believed, it can be traced back to the late 10th or early 11th centuries when a daughter of a Northumbrian Anglo-Dane notable married a native Scottish Gael nobleman, a "mormaer" (sic?) of the King of Scots.
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    It is not "Scotch Irish". "Scotch" is an alcoholic drink. The correct term is "Scots Irish".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth View Post
    It is not "Scotch Irish". "Scotch" is an alcoholic drink. The correct term is "Scots Irish".
    They'll also drunkly tell you that "Ulster Scot" is their identity and "Ulster Scots" is their accent. A wee dram to keep warm never ended up causing a rough and tumble in Londonderry or Belfast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jagdmesser View Post
    You have done well to find out anything so far back.
    I know this is for Ireland. There's over 300 pages in the book Surnames of Ireland by MacLysaght. Get a copy. There must be a similar type one for Scotland and Scottish surnames.
    Apparently an ancestor named Alexander Lecky, Jr. emigrated to Londonderry, Ulster from a place called Lecky, Dunbartonshire, Scotland sometime before he died in Londonderry abt 1643. He'd be like my 9x great grandfather on my paternal side.
    "Almost every name belongs to well-known families of English stock....these soldiers were of ancient American lineage"- Prof. N.S. Shaler on the 1st Kentucky "Orphan" Brigade, Confederate States Army

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