Monday, July 16, 2007

My Distant Anti-Catholic Past (Armstrong and Elliot Border Clans)

The ancient Armstrong fatherland.
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My esteemed friend and frequent contributor on this blog, Jonathan Prejean, has uncovered some delightful information about the ancient Scottish Armstrong and Elliot clans, who inhabited a land just north of the border with England. And, lo and behold, we may even be relatives somewhere down the line (I met a nice fellow at the booth for Clan Elliot at the yearly Highland Games in metro Detroit a year or two ago, and he explained to me how his clan and my own were closely related).

My own (partial, tentative) theory of the strong Scotch-Irish connection to anti-Catholicism is one of historical / sociological causation. Some of the Protestant Scots migrated to northern Ireland where they were a minority among the Catholic native Irish. So they were in the majority religion in terms of the British Isles as a whole, but a minority in their adopted home. This led to a curious and peculiar "inferiority complex within a 'superior' mentality", perhaps leading to some of the unfortunate characteristics of the exceedingly ugly and ignorant anti-Catholicism that we see in action even to this day in troubled Northern Ireland.

Image of Elliot Ancient Tartan from dalbi

Ancient Elliot Tartan
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When the Scotch-Irish migrated, in turn, to the southern states of America, their religion (and anti-Catholicism) dominated the landscape. Since there were few Catholics around, it hardened (helped by strong Nativism and Know-Nothing movements and racist, anti-Catholic groups such as the Ku Klux Klan) into what we see today. But thankfully it seems to become more and more marginalized within Protestantism as time goes on.

Like I said, just a speculative theory . . .

1 comment:

Mt Ayr said...

The second son of Clementis Hob (Clement Crosar's Hob (Robert) Elwald/Ellot/Elliot) was banished from both kingdoms; Scoland and England in 1608, with the help of the Anglican/Episcopalian, Hamilton family migrated to land of James Somerville; wife a Hamilton, who least or tried to least against the laws of England land to native Irish. Clementis son Dan and alias for Andrew, in the Tullykelter, Fermanagh, Ulster of Ireland, took on the Irish name of Daniel, and among his sons had Gawon (Irish for Gawin), Mungo (Glasgow Saint), and Mark of St Mark. The naming of his sons corresponded to the naming of sons of one would be native of Ulster. It is felt because of the early 1608 arrival, that the family became as the Ulster Catoholic neighbors, and during the Catholic Revolt were likely themselves looked upon as Catholics, and that is why the Daniel Elliott, Tullykelter, Fermanagh, Ulters lined survived to be honest as Daniel Elliot who spoke in defense of Elizabeth Proctor in 1692 Salem Village, MA.