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Planters, chiefs and hollowed out cheese

Scots have been drifting across the narrow waters of the Irish Sea into counties Antrim and Down for generations. As long ago as the 13th Century, mercenary soldiers fought all over Ireland, in return for areas of land.

However Scottish migration in the 17th Century, especially during the Ulster plantation, was the most prolific.

The plantation was initiated by King James I, in 1610, and was designed to "plant" protestant settlers in Ulster to quell Catholic Irish clans from rebellion. Around 200,000 made the short journey, 21 miles at its nearest point, between 1605-1697.

In doing so, the Ulster Scots were born. More...

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1 Tim Wardlow from Canada - 16 January 2004
"The Ulster Plantation was merely the Scotti (the Cruithin (Irish Picts) and Ulaid Celts) returning to the land they were driven from by the Iberian Gaels a millenia before."

2 Brendan Doyel from Rep ireland - 1 December 2003
"1494 - Poynings Law enacted. This forbade the Irish parliament to convene without the King's prior permission, and all intended legislation had to be approved by him. "

"1848 - The paddle steamer The Londonderry, with immigrants fleeing the famine, takes shelter in Derry harbour. When the covers are removed from the hold it is discovered that 72 men, women and children have suffocated."

3 kelly from loserville - 28 November 2003
"thats a lie they all went to australia j/k "

4 Noel Kelly from Canada - 28 November 2003
"the word plantation is just a euphimism for colonisation or subjugation ,why don`t you give information on the effects of this colonisation on the indigenous people who are still suffering from it 300 years as they lost their lands ,language and could not practice their religion instead of the sanitized revisionist version .In any other country this wrong would have been righted first by apologies from the aggressors and then by compensation to the victims families with the restoration of their lands .There are families in Ulster that can still trace their now possessed lands to before this so called plantation . "

5 Duncan Keegan from Dublin - 28 November 2003
"Very interesting, but don't forget part of the thinking behind the plantation of Ulster was to drive a cultural 'wedge' between the Gaelic territories of Ireland and those of western Scotland and thus reduce the threat of the highlands to the lowland authorities - and to a large extent it succeeded, though at a more personal, small scale level, interaction between Irish and Scottish Gaels continued up to the present day and has recently been fostered by the work of the Columba Initiative. "

6 brendan doyle from Rep ireland - 28 November 2003
"there is no such county as londonderry. it is Derry! Connaught is the great symbol of Gaelic ireland. and as for your last line comments, how utterly stupid!"

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