Home
Summary
Ulster-Scots/Scotch-Irish
Settling Ireland, Scotland and America
1600s
East Ulster 1606
Jamestown 1607
West Ulster 1610
John Smith and Scotland
Across the Atlantic
Two Plantations
Historical Maps
The London Companies
Virginia, County Cavan
Late 1600s - 1900s
Migration from Ulster
Ulster-Scots in Virginia
Woodrow Wilson
Stonewall Jackson
Genealogy
Today
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Cultural Influences
Scotch-Irish Music
Tourism
Visiting Ulster
Visiting Virginia
Information
Scotch-Irish Booklist
Endorsements
Links
Contact

Ulster-American Connections: A Select List of Books and Booklets
(compiled and annotated by Professor Michael Montgomery, University of South Carolina)

Published in the United States:

Blethen, Tyler, and Curtis W. Wood, Jr. 1997.
Ulster and North America: Transatlantic Perspectives on the Scotch-Irish.
Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. xii + 283 pp.
(hardback, ISBN 0 8173 8023 7)2; also published in paperback)
A selection of academic papers, mainly on historical topics, given at Ulster-American Heritage Symposia.
..............................................................................................

Blethen, Tyler, and Curtis W. Wood, Jr. 1998.
Ulster to Carolina: The Migration of the Scotch-Irish to Southwestern North Carolina.
Raleigh: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. xii + 71 pp.
(paperback, ISBN 0 86526 279 9)
Brief, well-illustrated account of migration of Lowland Scots to Ulster and their descendants subsequently to Pennsylvania, Virginia, and western North Carolina.
..............................................................................................

Bolton, Charles Knowles. 1910.
Scotch Irish Pioneers in Ulster and America.
Reprinted in 1986 by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore. x + 398 pp.
(hardback, ISBN 0 8063 0046 9)
The most detailed account of early migration to New England in the 1710s.
..............................................................................................

Brownstein, Robin, and Peter Guttmacher. 1988.
The Scotch Irish Americans.
New York: Chelsea House. 111 pp.
(hardback, ISBN 0 87754 875 7; paperback, 0 7910 0277 2)
A thoroughly illustrated account, designed for adolescents
..............................................................................................

Chepesiuk, Ronald. 2000.
The Scotch-Irish: From the North of Ireland to the Making of America.
Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
..............................................................................................

Ford, Henry Jones. 1915.
The Scotch-Irish in America.
Reprinted in 2000 by the Clearfield Company, Baltimore. viii + 607 pp.
(paperback, ISBN 0 8063 4523 3)
Standard history tracing from Scotland to Ulster to colonial America, emphasizing religious, political, and educational contributions.
..............................................................................................

Griffin, Patrick. 1999.
The People with No Name: Ireland's Ulster Scots, America's Scots Irish, and the Creation of a British Atlantic World, 1689-1764.
Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. xviii + 244 pp.
(hardback, ISBN 0 6910 74615; paperback, ISBN 0 6910 74623)
Ground-breaking study discusses Ulster emigration to America within the perspective of the development of the British Empire.
..............................................................................................

Hanna, Charles A. 1902.
The Scotch=Irish or the Scot in North Britain, North Ireland, and North America.
2 volumes. New York: Putnam.
Comprehensive account of the Scotch-Irish and their origins, emphasizing notable individuals and including many documents.
..............................................................................................


Jackson, Carlton. 1993.
A Social History of the Scotch-Irish.
University Press of America. Lanham, N. Y.: Madison. xviii + 203 pp.
(hardback, ISBN 0 8191 8071 8)
Traces migration from Scotland to Ulster and then to America, emphasizing character and contributions of Scotch-Irish to American culture.
..............................................................................................

Leyburn, George C. 1962.
The Scotch-Irish in America: A Social History.
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
(hardback, ISBN 0 8078 8043 1; also published in paperback)
Remains the recognized standard and most cited work in the field, devoting one-third each to Scotland, Ulster, and America; this is an original and academic, but accessible volume.
..............................................................................................

Miller, Kerby A. 1985.
Emigrants in Exile: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America.
New York: Oxford University Press. xiv + 684 pp.
(hardback ISBN 0-19-503594-1, paperback ISBN 0-19-505184-4)
Seminal work using emigrant letters to document and interpret emigration from Ireland to North America.
..............................................................................................

Miller, Kerby, Bruce D. Boling, David N. Doyle, and Arnold Schrier, eds. 2003.
Irish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan: Letters and Memoirs from Colonial and Revolutionary America 1675-1815.
New York: Oxford University Press.
(hardback, ISBN 0 1950 45130; paperback, ISBN 0 1951 54894)
A massive, scrupulously edited case studies of early emigrants from Ireland (most from Ulster), based on letters, petitions, and other documents from commoners and organized around major themes in social and economic history.
..............................................................................................

Weaver, Jack W, ed. 1981.
Select Proceedings of the Scotch-Heritage Festival at Winthrop College.
107 pp. Volume 2 (1984), 115 pp.
(available from the editor at 144 Brookwood Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29722)
Papers from two public conferences on the Scotch=Irish held at Winthrop College, South Carolina, dealing with a wide variety of subject.
..............................................................................................

Webb, James. 2004.
Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America.
New York: Broadway Books.
(hardback, ISBN 0 7679 1688 3)
Traces the Scotch-Irish from the Scottish and Ulster forebears, focusing in particular on their reputation as warriors and defenders of personal freedom and opposition to aristrocracy and crediting them with fundamental views on which the United States has developed.
..............................................................................................

Wokeck, Marianne. 1999.
Trade in Strangers: The Beginning of Mass Migration to North America.
College Park: Pennsylvania State University Press.
Assesses the volume, character, and motivations for Ulster emigration to America.

Published in the British Isles:

Blake, J. W., ed. 1976.
The Ulster American Connection: A Series of Lectures Delivered in the Autumn of 1976.
Coleraine: New University of Ulster. 58 pp.
(paperback, ISBN 0 901299 31 8)
Four lectures on Ulster-American connections delivered to mark the American bi-centennial.
..............................................................................................

Cromie, Howard. 1984.
Ulster Settlers in America.
Belfast: Presbyterian Church in Ireland. 67 pp.
(paperback, ISBN not available)
Popular treatment of the contribution of Ulster emigrants to American colonial society, especially in the development of Presbyterianism.
..............................................................................................

Dickson, R. J. 1987.
Ulster Migraton to Colonial America.
Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation. xxiv + 320 pp.
(paperback, ISBN 901 905 17 8)
An academic work combining detailed investigation of the economic, social and political background of Ulster emigration with information on trade and an analysis of the motivations and origins of the emigrants themselves.
..............................................................................................

Doyle, David N. 1982.
Ireland, Irishmen and Revolutionary America 1760-1820.
Dublin: Mercier. xix + 257 pp. (paperback, ISBN 0 85342 590 6)
Ground-breaking study of 18th-century emigration to America, focusing in particular on participation of emigrants from Ulster and elsewhere in Ireland on the struggle for American independence.
..............................................................................................

Fitzpatrick, Rory. 1989.
God's Frontiersmen: The Scots-Irish Epic.
London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson. viii + 296 pp.
(hardback, ISBN 0 297 79435 3)
Well-illustrated companion volume to Ulster Television/Channel 4 series chronicling migration of Ulster settlers to America and elsewhere, drawing extensively on letters and other documents.
..............................................................................................

Green, E. R. R., ed. 1992.
Essays in Scotch-Irish History.
Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation.
(paperback, ISBN 0 901 905 53 4)
..............................................................................................

Hanna, Ronnie. 1992.
Land of the Free: Ulster and the American Revolution.
Belfast: Ulster Society. xii + 115 pp.
(paperback, ISBN 1 872076 11 4)
Chronicles Ulster emigration to America in the 18th century and participation by Ulster emigrants in the American Revolution.
..............................................................................................

Hanna, Ronnie. 1996.
The Highest Call: Ulster and the American Presidency.
Belfast: Ulster Society. viii + 64 pp.
(paperback, ISBN 1 872076 25 4)
Collection of short, popular biographies of American Presidents who had Ulster emigrant ancestors; each accounts identifies the emigrant, locates each emigrant, describes the community from which he or they left, and idenfities whether an ancestral homesite has been identified and maintained.
..............................................................................................

Kennedy, Billy. 1995.
The Scots-Irish in the Hills of Tennessee.
Belfast: Ambassador
(paperback, ISBN 1 898787 46 8)
(the author has a number of subsequent titles with similar content on Ulster emigrants in other states of the U.S.)
..............................................................................................

Marshall, W. F. 1943.
Ulster Sails West: The Story of the Great Emigration from Ulster to North America in the 18th Century, Together with an Outline of the Part Played by Ulstermen in Building the United State.
Belfast. Reprinted in 1984 by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore. 80 pp.
(paperback, ISBN 0 8063 0754 4)
First account published in Northern Ireland of "Ulster's mark on America," emphasizing contributions of Ulster emigrants to colonial and Revolutionary America.
..............................................................................................

Montgomery, Eric. 1965.
Ulster and the Scotch-Irish.
Belfast: Ulster-Scot Historical Society, 32 pp.
Booklet outlining purpose of the Ulster-Scot Historical Society and promoting historical and genealogical research on Scotch-Irish emigrants to America.
..............................................................................................

Montgomery, Michael, and Anne Smyth, ed. 2003.
A Blad of Ulster-Scotch frae Ullans: Ulster-Scots Culture, Language, and Writing.
Belfast: Ullans. 229 pp.
(paperback, ISBN 0 953035 08 5)
Forty revised articles from Ullans: The Magazine for Ulster-Scots.
..............................................................................................

Paisley, Ian R. K. 1976.
America's Debt to Ulster.
Belfast: Puritan. xx + 75 pp.
(paperback, ISBN not available)
Discusses contributions fo Ulster emigrants to American character and political development, written in connection with the American bi-centennial.