Ulster-Scots in America have been given many names including rednecks, hillbillies, and crackers. In New England they have been labeled Irish, Wild Irish, and most commonly Scotch-Irish. The immigration of this group from Scotland, through Ulster Plantation in Northern Ireland, to the American Frontier has had a profound impact on the American character and on the formation of the United States. These quintessential American frontiersmen and women were self reliant, proud, clannish, and grounded in Protestant Christian philosophy. They were contemptuous of social class structure and governmental authority. Their character traits were born from centuries of hardship and betrayals confronted in their journeys to, and within, the new continent of North America. The coast of Maine was largely settled with Ulster-Scots who were used as a human defensive buffer for England’s eastern frontier and as a means for land developers to build personal empires.
The Ulster-Scots’ story in Maine, and their influence on New England and the United States, has been greatly overlooked and under reported by traditional historians and public school systems. The Maine Ulster-Scots Project (MUSP), sponsored by the Saint Andrews Society of Maine, has developed a program to gather and archive the history of these early Maine pioneers, publish their stories, and take their heritage and history directly to the class rooms of Maine schools.
We are very pleased to announce that there is a new website devoted entirely to this important project. Look for it here.
The Maine Ulster Scots Project and the St. Andrews Society of Maine are proud to announce the publishing of a new book, Ulster Scots on the Coast of Maine, Volume 1, The Means Massacre background and location by our own John Mann. The book is available now.