Black Scottish people

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Black Scottish people
Total population
Scotland Scotland 36,178 (2011)[1]
African - 30,000
Black Caribbean - 3,000
Black /Other Black - 4,000
Regions with significant populations
Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen
Predominantly Christianity; minorities follow Islam, Irreligion, Atheism, Bahá'í Faith, Rastafarianism, Traditional African religions, other religions

Black Scottish people (also referred to as the Afro-Scots or Black Scots) represent approximately 0.7 percent of the total population of Scotland.[1]


According to the 2011 UK Census people self described as African, Caribbean, black or any other black background make up around 1.0 percent of Scotland's population, compared to 3.0 percent of the overall UK population.[2][3]

A report in 2000 suggested that black people in Scotland had difficulties in feeling a sense of Scottish identity.[4]

Notable Black Scottish people[edit]



Association football[edit]

The British Guiana-born Andrew Watson is widely considered to be the world's first association footballer of black heritage (his father was white and mother black) to play at international level.[5][6][7] He was capped three times for Scotland between 1881 and 1882. Watson also played for Queen's Park, the leading Scottish club at the time, and later became their secretary. He led the team to several Scottish Cup wins, thus becoming the first player of black heritage to win a major competition.[7]

With some brief exceptions, such as Jamaican born Gil Heron at Celtic, Walter Tull signing for Rangers, and John Walker at Hearts, Black players largely disappeared from Scottish football for the next 100 years until the arrival of Mark Walters at Rangers in 1988. Walters arrival at the club resulted in incidents of racial abuse.[8][9]

The Scotland national team did not call up a second player of black heritage until Nigel Quashie (black Ghanaian father and white English mother), made his debut against Estonia in May 2004. He qualified to play for Scotland, due to having a grandfather from Scotland.[10] Subsequently Coatbridge born Chris Iwelumo (black father from Nigeria), has also played for Scotland. Other notable Scottish players with black heritage include:

Rugby union[edit]



In fiction[edit]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Resident population by ethnic group, 2001". Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
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  6. ^ "Andrew Watson". 100 Great Black Britons.
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  8. ^ Sir Norman Chester Centre for Football Research (June 2002). "Black Footballers in Britain - The Late 1980s and After - A 'New Era'?". University of Leicester. Archived from the original on 28 July 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2008.
  9. ^ "Letters". The Guardian. London.
  10. ^ "History calls on Quashie". BBC Sport. 2004-05-26. Retrieved 2007-08-12.
  11. ^ a b c The player has appeared for the Scotland national football team
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