Scottish Jamaican

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Scottish Jamaican
Regions with significant populations
Jamaican (patois), English (Jamaican English), Scottish Gaelic, Lowland Scots
Christianity: Roman Catholicism, Protestantism (Presbyterianism, Episcopalianism et al); Rastafari movement
Related ethnic groups
White Jamaicans, Scottish people, "Redlegs" (Barbados)

A Scottish Jamaican is a Jamaican with Scottish ancestry. Scottish Jamaicans include those of European and mixed Asian and African ancestry with Scottish ancestors, and date back to the earliest period of post-Spanish, European colonisation.

An early influx of Scots came in 1656, when 1200 prisoners of war were deported by Oliver Cromwell.[1] There was also a later migration at the turn of the 18th century, after the failed Darien colony in Panama.[1] In 1707, when the Act of Union took place, Scots gained access to England's preexisting colonies.

People of Scottish Jamaican descent[edit]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Branigan, Tania (2004-05-12). "Colin Powell claims Scottish coat of arms". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
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  5. ^ Chase, Malcolm (2008). "Wedderburn, Robert (1762–1835/6?)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. . Retrieved on 17 August 2008.

Further reading[edit]

  • Besson, Jean Martha Brae's two histories: European expansion and Caribbean culture-building in Jamaica (The Scottish and Creole planters around Martha Brae - Google books version)
  • Karras, Alan L. Sojourners in the Sun: Scottish Migrants in Jamaica and the Chesapeake, 1740-1800 (Google books version)

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