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Scots Irish in Pennsylvania & Kentucky (Scots-Irish Chronicles) Paperback – September, 1998

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Billy Kennedy, a native of County Armagh, Northern Ireland, has been a leading journalist for the past thirty years, occupying the roles of news editor, assistant editor, and leader writer for the Belfast News Letter, the primary morning newspaper in Northern Ireland. He is now a freelance journalist, author, and public relations consultant, combining news, features, business, and sports coverage in Northern Ireland for the national press and media outlets in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. On his regular visits to the United States, he lectures on the subject of the Scots-Irish diaspora at universities, colleges, historical and genealogical societies and public authorities in cities and towns of the southeastern American states.

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Product Details

  • Series: Scots-Irish Chronicles
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Causeway Press (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840300329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840300321
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Bouffard on May 21, 2006
I found this book at a Scottish Festival in February and picked it up because my ancestors were Scots-Irish who lived in PA before the Civil War. I thought the book would help me to understand the reasons the Scots-Irish came to America, their migration, and their life. Little did I realize that it would give me genealogical support for 3 of my ancestors, Galbraiths who were founders of a Presbytery in Donegal County, PA.

This book is an interesting read for anyone with connections to either Scotland or Ireland. It gives a better picture of the strength and fortitude of these people, who were driven from Scotland to Ulster Province, and ultimately from Ulster to America. Based on my own genalogical findings, Mr. Kennedy appears to have done his homework with his research. This book is fourth in a series (the previous books are the Scots-Irish in Tennessee, Virginia, and the Carolinas). It is interesting to note that the Scots-Irish, in spite of the derrogatory terms used to describe them, were often gentry who had been driven from Scotland to find a new home in Northern Ireland.

I recommend this for anyone who is interested in learning more about the contribution of the Scots-Irish in building our country. Also, if you are researching your family history, Mr. Kennedy's books will give you a better understanding of the contributions your ancestors made to the growth of our nation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Alexander on June 22, 2009
If your ancestors came to Pennsylvania from Scotland by way of Northern Ireland, you might find them mentioned by Bill Kennedy. He provides many short biographies and general information for genealogists and history enthusiasts.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Howard E. Mccord Jr. on May 16, 2006
Billy Kennedy is one of the first writers of Ulster Scot or Scot-irish history to truly understand and document his findings.

First to recognise the tremendous contibution to history by this group.This backbone of America establish a Culture says James T Webb in his "Born Fighting", a culture of the American Military, Police and Firemen and many others we can always count on. Few groups have been reciepents recieve treament by the elitist and history abounds with words like Red Necks, Hill Billy, White Trash, few recognise their contibution starting with Blue Grass, US Constitution and Declaration of Indepedence and the Patriots to make it happen. They are the mainstream that disturbs those who are not. Insults have never detered their commitments.

Billy throughout his series documents the many incidenteds and contributions while in Ulster is part of a team to expand Ulsters part in todays world. Along with Billy's books, Born Fighting by James T Webb is equally recommended.

A Silent Knight sends, thank you
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Billy Kennedy has written 4 books about the Scots-Irish. I have them all.
Unfortunately the information is mostly redundant. They should have all
been combined into one larger volume.
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