Migrant Destinations, 1500-1700

Steve Murdoch, Esther Mijers

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Figures for the numbers of Scottish migrants in the early modern period vary considerably. This chapter reviews the scholarship pertaining to this subject and blends in the original research of the authors to come to some startling new conclusions. Figures for Scottish civilian migration to Poland, previously thought to be as high as 30,000, are to be reduced by as much as 85% as a result of this research while the military influence of Scots overseas was demonstrably more important than previously thought. This chapter will significantly alter assumptions pertaining both to the numbers of Scottish migrants and their destinations, but highlights that Scottish demography and political economy are in need of fresh research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Scottish History
EditorsTom Devine, Jenny Wormald
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2012


  • Scottish History, early modern history


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