My Ulster Blood Is My Most Priceless Heritage

“250,000 Ulster Scots emigrated to America in the 1700s and were the driving force behind the American Revolution.” James Buchanan (senior) emigrated to the United States from Donegal (WP  ) or Tyrone (Ulster Scots).  Junior was born in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania in 1791. He was elected president in 1856, the 15th president of the United States, immediately prior to Abraham Lincoln. A version of this mural was also painted in Londonderry in the same year (1999). “Shankill Ulster-Scots Cultural Society. The Buchanan Mural. This mural was dedicated to the memory of those early Ulster-Scots emigrants by Ms Jane Benton Fort, US Consul General, on Thursday November 4th, 1999. Sae monie hairts gaed far frae hame – bot ilka yin oor ain fowk. This project was funded by Belfast City Council and Making Belfast Work.”

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4000 Years Of Ulster Scots

Ulster-Scots was included in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement under the principle of support for “linguistic diversity”. This mural celebrating Ulster-Scots and ties between Northern Ireland and Scotland dates to 1999. “4000 years of Ulster-Scots history and heritage. Ulster & Scotland – shared language, shared literature, shared culture.” 400 years takes us back to the plantation; 4000 years suggests an even deeper connection. “Dinnae houl yer wheest, houl yer ain!” [Don’t hold your tongue, hold your own!] Templemore Street, Belfast

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George Washington

“If defeated everywhere else I will make my final stand for liberty with the Scotch-Irish (Ulster-Scots) of my native Virginia.” George Washington commanded the Continental Army during the revolution and served as the first president of the United States beginning in 1789. His ancestry was English and the quote is undocumented, the closest being this statement from McKinley. The note in the corner reads “History records that almost half of Washington’s army were Ulster-Scots”; the basis for this claim might be General (Charles?) Lee’s report that “half the rebel Continental Army were from Ireland.” (See Chapter 2 of Bagenal, The American Irish and their Influence on Irish Politics.)

Previously:Theodore Roosevelt | James Buchanan.

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