Sunday, 25 January 2009

US President Andrew Jackson - a Gaelic history

Well it's the 250th anniversary of Rabbie Burns' birthday today, and everyone in Scotland will be going incredibly Scots like with their 'wee sleekit mousies' and their 'auld lang synes'...!

As a counter to that, and to tie in with the fact that a new president has taken over in the US, I've uploaded an article to my Scotland's Greatest Story website written by myself some ten years ago in Scotland's other ancient language, Gàidhlig. It concerns President Andrew Jackson, whose parents came from the outskirts of my home town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim, and of Ulster Scots stock. In 1999, I spent three months in the US, filming within 30 of the country's 50 states for a Scottish Television series called "Celtic America", and during the trip I managed to locate the graves of Jackson's parents in the Waxhaws region in the southern part of North Carolina.

The article is located at and follows a brief history of the Scots settlements within Ireland over the centuries. (Translation available on request!)

Don't forget that Scotland's Greatest Story, the foremost genealogical research service in Scotland, is only too happy to help with your genealogical problems or family tree research requests!

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