Lecture about the Ulster Scots and the Scotch-Irish in America

Nelson McCausland, Northern Ireland Minister for Culture, Arts & Leisure, speaks on the Ulster Scots and the Scotch-Irish in America

Monday, September 27th at 7pm at Glucksman Ireland House NYU

Nelson McCausland, Member of Legislative Assembly and Northern Ireland Minister for Culture, Arts, and Leisure, will explore the history of the Ulster-Scots in Ireland and the Scotch-Irish in America.

In the early seventeenth century, especially after the departure of the last great Gaelic chiefs, Hugh O’Neill and Hugh O’Donnell, in 1607 and the subsequent plantation of confiscated lands in Ulster during the reigns of the first Stuart kings, James I and Charles I, large numbers of Scots began to settle in Ulster. That settlement continued steadily throughout the seventeenth century, despite rebellion and civil war in the 1640s, intensifying again in the late 1690s and early 1700s. Most of these settlers were Presbyterian and as such were known as Dissenters because they did not conform to the Anglican Church. Like Irish Catholics in the 18th century, they were subject to penal legislation and religious intolerance. Economic conditions and religious disharmony thus prompted thousands of Ulster Scots Presbyterians to sail for America where they played significant roles in the development of the new nation.  Join us for an evening with Minister McCausland as he explores the fascinating history of Ulster Scots and the Scotch-Irish.

Free admission. In order to ensure a seat, please RSVP to 212-998-3950 (option 3) or email ireland.house@nyu.edu.

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