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What is the Scottish Emigration Database?

Timetable from the collection of Björn Larsson Since the 1980s scholarly research into emigration from the British Isles has led to the publication of a substantial body of monographs, articles and collections of essays, which have addressed the subject from a variety of thematic, chronological, regional and international perspectives.  The Scottish Emigration Database is the product of an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project based at the University of Aberdeen’s AHRC Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies from January 2003 to March 2005.  The Data Compilation and Analysis Project: Diaspora Studies was one of seven projects funded through the Centre’s Diaspora Programme.  

The database seeks to identify patterns of movement from Scottish ports between 1890 and 1960 using information transferred digitally from the passenger manifests of the Board of Trade’s Statistical Department (BT 27) held at The National Archives in Kew, London. It contains the records of 21,090 passengers and adds a unique quantitative dimension to the scholarship of the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies.

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