The Scots worried about the large numbers of Irish arriving in Scotland.
The Church of Scotland, newspapers and political leaders tried to convince Scots that they were in danger of losing their identity and their religion.
Many Irish people were very poor and arrived without any money. The Scots worried that the Irish would drain the Poor Law provision, costing them more in taxes.
Many workers felt that the Irish immigrants took their jobs. The Irish were willing to work for lower pay and in poor conditions, and the Scots felt that this put them out of a job.
The Irish were blamed for bad behaviour:
On the other hand, many Scots made Irish settlers feel welcome: