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Immigration and Emigration
Camperdown Works, Lochee
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Little Tipperary: The Irish in Lochee

Irish migration to Scotland is a major theme for anyone studying history in the Victorian era, but the role that the Irish influx played in society in the north east is less documented than it is on the west coast.

The Lochee area of Dundee, in particular, has felt, and still feels into the new millennium, the effects of a large migration from across the Irish Sea.

The Cox brothers, owners of Lochee's biggest mill
Irish workers, lured by the prospect of employment in the city's jute mills, of which Cox's in Lochee was the largest, started to arrive in Dundee around 1825 and kept arriving at such a rate that, within 30 years, the population of Irish-born Dundonians had grown to 14,000.

The Irish that settled in Dundee, and Lochee in particular, did so because of their prior knowledge of the textiles and jute industries; therefore, they came mainly from the Irish counties where linen and yarn were produced, such as Donegal, Londonderry, Monaghan, Sligo and Tyrone.

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