Compare Sources A and B as evidence about Scottish attitudes to
Irish immigrants in the 19th century.
The Irish are among those labourers who do the most work for
the lowest wage. In fact, we can ask ourselves whether Scots
would put up with the work which the Irish are asked to do?
Even although the Irish have great powers of endurance, this
type of work soon ruins their health so they cannot work any
The Glasgow Examiner, 1834
In Dumfriesshire and Galloway there are plenty of Irishmen ready
to take the bread out of the mouths of our own poor. An Irishman
who lives in a hovel, feeds on potatoes and neither clothes
nor educates his children, can always work for less than a Scot.
There are too many people who employ only the cheapest workers
and do not think of the consequences.