I am writing to you on behalf of the University of Manchester. As you may be aware, we are currently engaged in an exciting project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, entitled ‘Anglo-Scottish Migration and the Making of Great Britain, 1603-1762’. The project aims to bring together those with an interest in Scottish migration to England in the early-modern period with a view to assessing how well (or otherwise) Scots integrated into English society.
As part of the research programme, we are keen to secure the assistance and input of local history societies. To this end, we have been constructing an online, open-access database of Scots who made their way to England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This database is now complete and has been opened for public access, and we would encourage your members to use it as a research resource. But additionally, and crucially, the database is also available for public editing. If, therefore, any of your members have come across Scots in early-modern England in the course of their research, we would ask them to visit the website and add these individuals to the database. Users would also be very welcome to add new information to existing entries.
Should any of your members wish to contribute in this way, they can visit the database athttp://wiki.angloscottishmigration.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/index.php/Main_Page. All they need do is login, using the details below, and then follow the link on the database homepage. The login details are: Username: Historysocs; Password: HS2013adk!.
Alternatively, your members would be most welcome to pass details on to me directly, and I will add them to the database. We would greatly appreciate any assistance which might be offered, and we feel sure that extensive collaboration from local historians – who invariably possess a greater understanding of local sources than do university academics – offers the surest means of achieving a comprehensive understanding of Anglo-Scottish migration patterns.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for your time, and I do hope to have pleasure of hearing from your members in the future.
Dr Allan Kennedy.
Dr Allan Kennedy,
Research Associate in British/Scottish History,
S2.6-7 Samuel Alexander Building,
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures,
The University of Manchester,