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The Ulster-Scots Society of America

The Ulster-Scots Society Of America is primarily an educational and social organization committed to the promotion of the Ulster-Scots history and heritage, especially as it pertains to the nearly quarter of a million immigrants who left the north of Ireland (Ulster) during the 18th century and settled in America (often referred to as: The Great Migration). The majority of these immigrants were the descendants of Lowland and Border Scots as well as Northern English who had settled in Ulster four generations earlier. They sought to carve out of the American wilderness a better life for themselves and their families. In the process, they helped establish and build our great American republic. Once in America, these immigrants came to be known as Scotch-Irish. In the British Isles they are known also as Ulstermen or Ulster-Scots. Today nearly 22 million Americans can trace the roots of at least one family member to these hardy settlers from the North of Ireland.

The Society is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, non-political organization.  It encourages its' members across the country, in each particular locale, to gather together on a regular basis to collectively puruse the goals of the organization through active participation in family oriented social activities as well as educational and special cultural events.  When sufficient numbers are present in a particular locale, an Area Convener from among their number will be recruited to help coordinate those efforts.  If desired the Area Convener can apply for approval to form a local chapter of the Society.  The Area Convener Reports to the Region Commissioner when that position is filled, otherwise they will report diretly to the national council of the Society."

The current national leadership council of the Society is located in North Carolina. The Area Convener for the greater Raleigh, North Carolina area conducts local membership meetings on the first Monday of every month. All Society members regardless of their location are encouraged to represent the Society at local cultural events such as Scottish Highland games, Celtic Festivals, Irish and Scotch-Irish Festivals, parades, etc.

Membership is open to anyone interested in establishing and promoting the Society. Membership dues are as follows: Individual: $15 and family: $20. Upon the initial dues payment, dues are paid in January of each year. Completed applications and dues can be mailed to the Ulster-Scots Society Of America, PO Box 724, Matthews, North Carolina, 28106-0724.  For more information contact Paul Smallwood (President, Ulster-Scots Society Of America) at email address:  or telephone 919-380-0383.  Also contact Diane Campbell (Membership Secretary) at email:  Members receive a quarterly newsletter, updates on local events and happenings as well as contact info for the nearest Area Convener.

Why Join The Society?
  • Receive a newsletter with information about Ulster-Scots history, current events of interest to Ulster-Scots and opportunities to attend various educational and cultural events throughout the United States.
  • Assist in promoting awareness of the history and heritage of the Ulster Scots through participation in special events and activities
  • Join with a local Area Convener in coordinating the efforts of Ulster-Scots in your locale to promote and establish the Society.  
  • Have a sense of belonging to a group of people who have made a difference in the history of the United States of America.

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