Worcester 1718 – The Scotch-Irish Heritage Project

[It’s] ironic that there were fewer than 300 Pilgrims who landed on American shores and we know the whole Pilgrim story, but not much at all about the Scotch-Irish immigrants who started coming to New England in 1718

– Mary Drymon, South Portland historian


Massachusetts has gained itself a reputation for being the first port of call for people fleeing from religious, political, and economic hardship. Most people immediately think of the Pilgrim Fathers arriving in Plymouth in 1620, but another vitally important group of people came to New England just shy of a century later, bringing agricultural and social enrichment to the people of Massachusetts and its surrounding states.

This project explores the history and legacy of the Scotch-Irish who emigrated to Massachusetts in 1718.

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