Scottish Highlander Loyalism in the American Revolution: An Exploration of Identity

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Bunting, Kelly, “Scottish Highlander Loyalism in the American Revolution: An Exploration of Identity,” Scholar@Simmons, accessed January 16, 2021, http://beatleyweb.simmons.edu/scholar/items/show/140.

Title

Scottish Highlander Loyalism in the American Revolution: An Exploration of Identity

Creator

Bunting, Kelly

Date

2018

Description

This thesis seeks to demonstrate that Scottish Highlanders supported the Loyalist cause in the American Revolution as a result of the formation of a distinct Highlander-American identity located within the British Empire. Relying on the psychological conception of identity and its formation as "a sense of continuity, a sense of uniqueness from others and a sense of affiliation," this new identity was generated from a continuation of Highlander culture including fealty to a leader (continuity), a sense of othering upon their arrival to America (uniqueness from others), and opportunities within the established British Empire (affiliation). By demonstrating these three phenomena in Highlander immigrant communities and how they each encouraged loyalism, the thesis will establish the formation of a Highlander-American identity that resulted in Scottish Highlanders fighting as Loyalists in the American Revolution to secure their place in their new found home.

Publisher

Simmons College (Boston, Mass.)

Format

1 PDF (64 Pages)

Language

English

Type

Masters Theses