Donovan Lounge Greenlaw Hall
Until the early 19th century, the Cape Fear of the Carolinas was home to the largest settlement of Gaelic-speaking Highlanders outside of Scotland. The earliest emigrants had been there almost half a century when the American Revolutionary War split and weakened the settlement. Yet, despite the historical importance of this community, it has attracted very little scholarly attention. This talk will provide an overview of the early history of the Scottish Highland community of North Carolina, discussing issues of language, identity, literary remains, and the reasons for emigration to North Carolina.