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My love and native land, farewell

posted 10 Feb 2009, 01:10 by David Rintoul   [ updated 28 Dec 2009, 16:16 ]
In response to the Homecoming Scotland 2009, designed to welcome those with Scots heritage back to the homeland, the City Art Centre sets out to find the roots of the Scottish diaspora – who emigrated originally, and why?

My love and native land, farewell, featuring works from the City Art Centre’s collection, explores the living and working conditions in Scotland when emigration was at its height.

From 1650 Scots from both urban and rural life were enticed abroad. The major Scottish cities were known to be overcrowded, unsanitary, and constantly beset by smog.

Farther afield, work for farmers and fishermen consisted of difficult manual labour.

The increasing overhaul of land management spawned a class of dispossessed and landless workers.

In the Highlands and Lowlands, social dislocation and poverty prompted Scots to seek a fresh start.

The United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand were the most common destinations, idealised for their vast tracts of unclaimed land.

By 1900 over three million emigrants had left, establishing Scottish culture around the globe.


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