Can you trace your roots to Ireland? And then take it one step further by tracing them back to Scotland? If so, you fall into a category that has been coined Scotch-Irish in America—partly because so many of these original settlers and their ancestors ended up making their way to the U.S. Shine light on your heritage with these ideas for celebrating and learn more about what it means to be Scotch-Irish.
1/ Read Up on Your Ancestors
Learn more about the Scotch-Irish by picking up a tome that tells of your history. The Scotch-Irish: A Social History by James G. Leyburn is touted as “providing an absorbing account of their heritage.” This book follows the group from Scotland to Ireland and eventually to America.
Another option, Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America by Jim Webb, looks at this group’s cultural identity and how it has helped to shape America today.
2/ Learn the Symbolism
The Lion Rampant is one symbolic image you’ll see repeated over and over again in Scotland. However, it is technically only supposed to be used by the monarchy—Queen Elizabeth. The lion, which appears to be poised to strike, has long been the imagery depicted on this royal flag and it’s now called Scotland’s “unofficial flag.” You’ll see it’s familiar red-and-yellow palette on everything from Scottish T-shirts to jewelry. Take it one step further by hanging a decorative stained-glass panel like the one shown here in your home to put your pride on display.
3/ Wear Your Pride on Your Sleeve
Combine a love for rugby and Scotland together in this flashy navy and purple striped rugby shirt. It’s long sleeved with a crisp, twill collar and made of the softest combed cotton. An embroidered Scottish thistle is on the left chest, and “Live for Rugby” logo is on the right chest. If you’re of Scottish descent and love to show it, we’ve found just the shirt for you.
4/ Eat Like a Local
To really immerse yourself in a culture, you need to try their food and drink, right?
Try making Scottish Eggs, a recipe that combines eggs, sausage, and breading for a handheld treat. Search for a recipe, invite your family and fellow Scots to gather around the table, and try your hand at making it.
If you prefer to sip a Scottish drink, try a Scottish blend tea. The blends are typically the strongest of breakfast teas and often have a woodsy flavor. We suggest trying a cup in this perfectly fitting Scotland mug.