Belfast to host Ulster-Scots memorial lecture

A 48-page brochure will be launched at the event
A 48-page brochure will be launched at the event

News Letter journalist and author Billy Kennedy is to deliver the fourth annual Whitelaw Reid Memorial lecture on Thursday April 23, organised by the Ulster-Scots Agency.

The lecture in the Discover Ulster-Scots Centre at 1, Victoria Street, Belfast (7pm) is entitled ‘Ulster Scots who created the distinctive American psyche’ and a 48-page brochure of the title theme, compiled by Mr Kennedy, will be launched at the event by the US Consul General in Northern Ireland Gregory F. Burton.

Emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th century was a major historical movement, with the great majority of folk who trekked across the Atlantic Ocean in this period of dissenting Presbyterian stock.

By the end of the 18th century, they had become among the most influential of the white population in America. Native-born and first, second and third generation Ulstermen rose to become American Presidents, statesmen, churchmen, soldiers, academics, musicians and leaders of civic society.The contribution they made in creating a civilisation out of a wilderness and establishing cities and towns on the 18th century American frontier was a remarkable achievement.

Mr Kennedy, author of 11 books on Ulster-Scots emigration to America, will address the challenges facing the Scots-Irish, famous Scots-Irish and the contribution they have made to the United States today.

The lecture is named after distinguished 19th century American journalist and author Whitelaw Reid, who was of Ulster family roots and edited the New York Herald Tribune.

Admission to the lecture is free and you can register by emailing, or telephone (028) 9023 1113.