Seminar 5

Scots in Asia

Edinburgh: 26-27 June 2015


Our fifth seminar in the series explores the historical and contemporary experiences of the Scots in Asia. The event will begin with a keynote lecture on Friday 26 June at 5.30pm from Professor Emeritus Sir Tom Devine. The remaining talks will take place from 9.45am until 6pm on Saturday 27 June.


  • Dr Tom Barron (independent historian), ‘Scots coffee planters in nineteenth century Ceylon’
  • Dr Tanja Bueltmann (Northumbria University), ‘From ethnic associationalism to social networking: A longitudinal comparison of formal sociability in Scottish communities in Asia, c.1870 to the present’
  • Professor Emeritus Sir Tom Devine (University of Edinburgh), ‘Addicting the dragon: China, opium, and the Scottish factor’
  • Ellen Filor (University College London), ‘Death or a Pension: Scots and the End of the East India Company, 1800-1857’
  • Dr Joanna Frew (University of Essex), ‘Agricultural improvement and order in the Baramahal, South India, 1792-99’
  • Dr Isabella Jackson (University of Aberdeen), ‘The Shanghai Scottish: Scottish, imperial, and local identities in the Scottish Company of the Shanghai Volunteer Corps’
  • Professor Angela McCarthy (University of Otago), ‘James Taylor and cross-cultural encounters in Ceylon’
  • Dr George McGilvary (honorary postdoctoral fellow, Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies, University of Edinburgh), ‘Commercial exploits of the Scottish elite in India and South-east Asia, 1760-1830, with special reference to David Scott, MP (1746-1805)’
  • Professor Emeritus Patrick Peebles (University of Missouri – Kansas City), ‘Governor James Alexander Stewart Mackenzie and the making of Ceylon’
  • Iain Watson (University of Edinburgh), ‘The right kind of migrants: Scottish expatriates in Hong Kong and South-East Asia since 1950 and the preservation of human capital’

This is a free event, but registration is required. Please click here to register.

Banner Image: Clandonald Settlers Leaving Scotland for Alberta, 1924, Glenbow Archives, NA-331-6.




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