These sketches of the history of the Scottish
settlers in Ulster were published in the columns of the 'Scotsman'
during this spring. They have been recast, and are now published in a
permanent form, as I think they may interest some who care to examine
the Irish question for themselves. Their English and Scottish origin
seems to me to give to the men of Ulster an inalienable right to
protest, as far as they are concerned, against the policy of Separation
from Great Britain to which the Irish, with the genius for nicknames
which they possess at present give the name of Home Rule.
My thanks are due to many friends in Ulster and at
home for kind assistance; and more especially to Professor Masson for
allowing me to have access to those sheets of the ninth volume of the '
Privy Council Records of Scotland,' now in the press, which bear on the
Scottish share in the settlement of 1610.
7 Greknhill Place, Edinburgh,
16th October 1998.