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A Kist o Wurds, Series 25 Episode 1 of 12

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 09 January 2011

Alister McReynolds talks about his trip to America's southern states, where he met a lot of Ulster-Scots enthusiasts, and we hear from Florence Dickson about her inspirational aunt.

  • Series 25 Episode 1

    Alister McReynolds travels through the Southern States of America to meet with people who are passionate about their Ulster-Scots (or Scotch-Irish) ancestry.

    He first talks to John Marszalek; a highly acclaimed historical writer in America, who discusses President Ulysses S. Grant – whose ancestors came from Northern Ireland.

    Then Alister discusses his trip with Anne Morrison-Smyth, including his interview with Ulster-Scots enthusiast Chris Moser; a journalist and musician, who has researched the musical connections between the USA and Ulster.

    Andy Mattison finds out about nurse Louisa Pollock from Hillsborough, who emigrated to Australia at the beginning of the 20th century, but came back to the UK to "do her bit" at the outbreak of WW1.

    She became matron of the famous Queen Mary Hospital at Roehampton in England, which specialized in dealing with amputees. Andy speaks to her descendant, Florence Chambers from Dromore.

    This programme was produced by Elizabeth Rice for Blackthorn Productions. If you have any comments, please email the production team at or telephone 028 9033 8435.

  • Alister McReynolds and Anne Morrison-Smyth

    Alister McReynolds and Anne Morrison-Smyth

  • John Marszalek

    John Marszalek

  • The death mask of Ulysses S. Grant

    The death mask of Ulysses S. Grant

  • Matron Louisa Pollock and nurses at Roehampton in 1914

    Matron Louisa Pollock and nurses at Roehampton in 1914

  • Florence Chambers and Andy Mattison

    Florence Chambers and Andy Mattison


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