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Courage of the Scottish Immigrants

 
 
Courage of the Scottish Immigrants Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 22, 2017
1. Courage of the Scottish Immigrants Marker
Inscription.

During the first hundred years of Scottish immigration to the Americas, Philadelphia was the largest city in the British colonies, and the second largest city in the British empire. As such, its booming port was a natural destination for emigrant Scots. Many of those arriving in Philadelphia were poor or sick and in need of money, work, and friends. In 1747, a group of Scots immigrants who were already established in Philadelphia founded the St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia to assist their indigent countrymen. The first meetings of the Society were held at Tun Tavern, which was located near this site. The early members of the Society included prominent Scottish immigrants -- physicians, educators, engineers, and military leaders, businessmen, clergymen, farmers, and lawyers -- all of whom contributed their money and skill to assist less fortunate Scots.

This Monument depicts a Scottish family, newly arrived in Philadelphia, walking up from the river ready to face the challenges of their new country with determination and courage. The group includes a young man dressed in frontier garb who has come ahead of his family to find a place for them to settle. Perhaps he has already met and received help from the members of the St. Andrew's Society; perhaps he has joined the Society himself. Having found a suitable location in Pennsylvania

Courage of the Scottish Immigrants Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 22, 2017
2. Courage of the Scottish Immigrants Marker
Marker is on a Standing Stone pillar to the right (south) of the sculpture, not visible in the photo
or further West, he has sent word back to his family that the land is good, and that they should follow.

His father, the patriarch of the family, retains his Celtic highland kilt, and proudly carries his cromag, or shepherd's staff and is accompanied by his faithful deerhound. The young woman is the wife of the patriarch's son, holding a baby that will grow to adulthood as an American. The young girl, perhaps an older daughter of the son, or his younger sister, carries a book which may be the family Bible. As a result of the Scottish passion for education, even the poorest of the Scots were literate, an advantage not shared by many new arrivals at that time.

The Goal of this Monument is to recognize the courage, skill, resourcefulness and tenacity of Scottish Immigrants as a group. Having endured hardship, war, and persecution in their own land, they crossed the stormy Atlantic to settle here as frontiersmen, farmers and traders; as mothers, teachers, and nurses; as artisans, architects, physicians, attorneys, clergy, bankers, soldiers, and statesmen. No matter what their clan or profession, highland or lowland, all of these Scottish immigrants shared a common Celtic heritage, a common history of struggle, defeat, and victory, and a common desire to add their individual contributions to building a new and great nation.

This plaque is dedicated, with appreciation, to
S.T. Hudson Engineers, Inc.
in recognition of their generous support of this
Monument to Scottish Immigrants

 
Erected 2011 by Concerned Citizens and Organizations.
 
Location. 39° 56.84′ N, 75° 8.531′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on Front Street south of Ionic Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: I-95 Park (125-171 South Front Street), Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monument to Scottish Immigrants (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Monument to Scottish Immigrants (here, next to this marker); St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia (a few steps from this marker); History of Scotland (a few steps from this marker); Tun Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Pennsylvania Abolition Society (within shouting distance of this marker); The Irish Memorial / Leacht Cuimhneacháin na nGael (within shouting distance of this marker); An Gorta Mór - Ireland's Great Hunger (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
More about this marker. Marker is part of the Monument to Scottish Immigrants.
 
Also see . . .
1. Scottish Emigration to America. (Submitted on March 27, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. A brief history of emigration & immigration in Scotland. (Submitted on March 27, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Philadelphia: Immigrant City. (Submitted on March 27, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Scots to Colonial North Carolina. (Submitted on March 27, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 79 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 27, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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