Scottish Highlanders in Colonial Georgia: The Recruitment, Emigration, and Settlement at Darien, 1735-1748 by Anthony ParkerScottish Highlanders in Colonial Georgia: The Recruitment, Emigration, and Settlement at Darien, 1735-1748 by Anthony Parker

Scottish Highlanders in Colonial Georgia: The Recruitment, Emigration, and Settlement at Darien…

byAnthony Parker

Paperback | September 2, 2002

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Between 1735 and 1748 hundreds of young men and their families emigrated from the Scottish Highlands to the Georgia coast to settle and protect the new British colony. These men were recruited by the trustees of the colony and military governor James Oglethorpe, who wanted settlers who were accustomed to hardship, militant in nature, and willing to become frontier farmer-soldiers. In this respect, the Highlanders fit the bill perfectly through training and tradition.

Recruiting and settling the Scottish Highlanders as the first line of defense on the southern frontier in Georgia was an important decision on the part of the trustees and crucial for the survival of the colony, but this portion of Georgia's history has been sadly neglected until now. By focusing on the Scots themselves, Anthony W. Parker explains what factors motivated the Highlanders to leave their native glens of Scotland for the pine barrens of Georgia and attempts to account for the reasons their cultural distinctiveness and "old world" experience aptly prepared them to play a vital role in the survival of Georgia in this early and precarious moment in its history.

Anthony W. Parker is a lecturer in the School of American Studies and the Department of Modern History at the University of Dundee in Dundee, Scotland.
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Title:Scottish Highlanders in Colonial Georgia: The Recruitment, Emigration, and Settlement at Darien…Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.52 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:September 2, 2002Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820324566

ISBN - 13:9780820324562

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Parker's book is to be warmly welcomed, especially in the light of its obvious determination to place the pre-Culloden population flow to Georgia in an explicitly imperial context. . . . Those interested in the much larger scale departures in the years after 1763 will certainly find it rewarding, not least because the author highlights the irony that just as the value of Highland populations was beginning to be undermined within the region itself, the notion of their utility within a broader imperial framework was in the process of steady confirmation. - Scottish Historical Review