By Angela McCarthy
Migration from the British "Celtic fringe" because the eighteenth century has had an important effect at the politics, economics, demography, sociology and tradition of the hot international, as forces shaping foreign politics or even struggle. The authors use new fabric to discover Scottish migrant networks and private stories in parts equivalent to the Caribbean, New Zealand and Australia.
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31 Scots differed little, if at all, from their British colleagues in their willingness to associate with Indians, and indeed they had sound reasons for doing so. Good European-Indian relations facilitated the accumulation of wealth and thus the likelihood of the sojourner returning home. The 1748 Madras journal of Lieutenant John Grant from Strathspey noted that European merchants ‘kept twenty to thirty of these black people’, including two dubashes (commercial agents) who were charged with carrying on trade with the ‘country black merchants’.
Contemporary observers, including South Asians, were also struck by the status conscious nature of the Company’s main settlements. 76 This rigid (and public) hierarchy meant many Britons and Scots entered into associations based not on their nationality but their sense of common professional or occupational identity. James Mill from Montrose, second mate on The Sandwich East Indiaman, was unusual among Scots in India in that he did not nominate another Scot as an executor. 77 In the case of Major James Mackenzie of the 73rd Highland Regiment, who died in Madras in 1780, nationality, kinship, and profession were all factors in the choice of his executors.
78 The exact relationship between professional and national British identity requires further investigation, most particularly in the context of the Eastern Empire. The last will and testaments of Scots who had returned from India show that sojourners retained a powerful and enduring sense of this service identity long after they had completed their time abroad. Men like Major Donald Cameron of Mount Cameron in Lanarkshire and Captain David Alston of Auchinhard in Mid Lothian, who both died in Scotland in the early 1800s, still saw themselves as servants of the Company.