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Chapter 20: ‘My Granny Was a Mctavish’: Claiming Diaspora Identity
‘My Granny Was a Mctavish’: Claiming Diaspora Identity
Once, when I gave a lecture on national identity, I was approached at the end by an elderly American who said to me: ‘I just wanted you to know that my grandmother was a McTavish’. I found it difficult to respond but murmured non-committally. She was making the point that she considered herself a Scot because, she said, she had ‘Scottish blood in her veins’; that her claim was based on her ancestry.
Such has been the power of the ‘civic’ claim to be Scottish that the ancestral claim, the ‘ethnic’ one, not one based on birthplace or residence, sits uncomfortably with our conception of ourselves in modern Scotland. ‘Blood’ ...