Put on a kilt, dress in tartan, try some haggis, or drink some smooth scotch. April is Scottish-American Heritage Month! Every April millions of Americans show off their Scottish roots with pride. Throughout the country, various national and local events are organized that celebrate Scottish culture. This is also a time to remember the contributions of Scottish-American politicians, leaders, inventors, etc. They’ve had a big impact on U.S. history — as you will see.
Scottish-American Heritage Month - History
Scottish in America
Up to 10 percent of the American population is of Scottish-Irish descent — predominantly in New England, Appalachia and the Deep South.
A Scot Invented the telephone
The inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell was Scottish.
The Whiskey Rebellion
Many Scottish immigrants played an important part in history in this rebellion — refusing to pay the tax collectors during the revolt.
The first Scottish settlers
The first Scottish-Irish merchants landed in Philadelphia — and were the first immigrants to settle in the U.S.
How to Observe Scottish-American Heritage Month
1. Wear your Scottish pride
We mean dress up like a Scot! Get a kilt or wear tartan patterns. Or just red and black will do. Be proud of your heritage.
2. Savor Scottish foods
You don’t have to have Scottish blood to enjoy Scottish food. Let this month be all about discovering Scottish delicacies — haggis, neeps and tatties, buttery shortbread, and wash it all down with some good old Scotch.
3. Travel back in time
Let history take you back to the days of the Scottish-American ancestors. Their stories, struggles, and achievements are legendary.
5 Startling Scottish-American Facts
1. Uncle Sam is Scottish
Believe it or not, the beloved American icon was based on a businessman named Samuel Wilson — whose parents came to America from Greenock, Scotland.
2. Scottish Fried Chicken
If you think fried chicken originated in America, you’re wrong. Scottish settlers introduced this dish to the Southern Colonies and the rest is history.
3. More than half of American Presidents are of Scottish descent
Do the Scottish do well in politics? In America they sure do! Lots our presidents are of Scottish or Scottish-Irish ancestry.
4. Elvis, King of Scots
One of his fans discovered that Elvis’ ancestors lived in Lonmay, Aberdeenshire in the 1700s.
5. Bagpipes came from the Middle East
Evidence shows they originated in there in 1000 BC.
Why Scottish-American Heritage Month is Important
A. There are many Scottish Americans in the U.S.
About 25 million Americans claim to be of Scottish descent. And for each one of them, this month is special.
B. It honors the contributions of Scottish Americans
Many people of Scottish descent helped make this nation great through their efforts and achievements.
C. It’s a chance to discover one's ethnic identity
America is a melting pot of many cultures but occasions like these help us discover our traditions. They reminds us that each one of us is an important piece of the cultural mosaic.