Airdrie Ulster Scots
Did you know...
...that several US Presidents have Ulster Scots roots?
1829-37. He was born in the predominantly Ulster-Scots Waxshaws area of South
Carolina two years after his parents left Boneybefore, near Carrickfergus in
County Antrim. A heritage centre in the village pays tribute to the legacy of
'Old Hickory', the People's President.
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1845-49. His ancestors were among the first Ulster-Scots settlers, emigrating
from Coleraine in 1680 to become a powerful political family in Mecklenberg
County, North Carolina. He moved to Tennessee and became its Governor before
winning the Presidency.
1857-61. Born in a log-cabin (which has been relocated to his old school in
Mercersburg, Pennsylvania), 'Old Buck' cherished his origins: "My Ulster blood
is a priceless heritage". The Buchanans were originally from Deroran, near Omagh
in County Tyrone where the ancestral home still stands.
1865-69. His grandfather left Mounthill, near Larne in County Antrim around 1750
and settled in North Carolina. Andrew worked there as a tailor and ran a
successful business in Greenville, Tennessee, before being elected
Vice-President. He became President following Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
22nd and 24th
President 1885-89 and 1893-97. Born in New Jersey, he was the maternal grandson
of merchant Abner Neal, who emigrated from County Antrim in the 1790s. He is the
only President to have served two terms with a break between.
1881-85. His election was the start of a quarter-century in which the White
House was occupied by men of Ulster-Scots origins. His family left Dreen, near
Cullybackey, County Antrim, in 1815. There is now an interpretive centre,
alongside the Arthur Ancestral Home, devoted to his life and times.
1869-77. The home of his maternal great-grandfather, John Simpson, at Dergenagh,
County Tyrone, is the location for an exhibition on the eventful life of the
victorious Civil War commander who served two terms as President. Grant visited
his ancestral homeland in 1878.
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1889-93. His mother, Elizabeth Irwin, had Ulster-Scots roots through her two
great-grandfathers, James Irwin and William McDowell. Harrison was born in Ohio
and served as a Brigadier General in the Union Army before embarking on a career
in Indiana politics which led to the White House.
1897-1901. Born in Ohio, the descendant of a farmer from Conagher, near
Ballymoney, County Antrim, he was proud of his ancestry and addressed one of the
national Scotch-Irish Congresses held in the late 19th Century. His second term
as President was cut short by an assassin's bullet.
1901-04. His mother, Martha Bulloch, had Ulster Scots ancestors who emigrated
from Larne, County Antrim, in May 1729. Teddy Roosevelt's oft-repeated praise of
his "bold and hardy race" is evidence of the pride he had in his Scotch-Irish
1913-21. Of Ulster-Scot descent on both sides of the family, his roots were very
strong and dear to him. He was grandson of a printer from Dergalt, near
Strabane, County Tyrone, whose former home is open to visitors. Throughout his
career he reflected on the influence of his ancestral values on his constant
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1969-74. The Nixon ancestors left Ulster in the mid-18th Century; the Quaker
Milhous family ties were with Counties Antrim and Kildare.
George Herbert Walker
Bush 41st President
1989-94: His Ulster Scots links are through William Gault and Jonathan Weir, his
great-great-great-great grandfathers who both settled in Blount County,
Tennessee, around the Revolutionary War period. President Bush was made aware of
this ancestry during a visit to Knoxville, where Gault is buried in nearby
Baker's Creek United Presbyterian Church cemetery.
Bush 43rd President, 2000 - 2009: See George Herbert Walker Bush
Presidents of the White House said to have some family ties with the north of
Ireland include Presidents Adams, Monroe, Truman, Eisenhower and