History & Culture
The first known reference to the term ‘Ulster-Scots’ was in the 17th century. It describes the people of Ulster who settled in the Province from the 17th century and their descendants. These people brought with them their music, language and culture. In this section you can explore aspects of Ulster-Scots history and culture.
Break up thon clod wi the fork.
Meaning: Sod of earth
Example: Break up that sod of earth with a fork.
THE STORY OF THE PRESBYTERIANS IN ULSTER
For four centuries Presbyterians have represented one of the most important elements in the population of Ireland. Their influence has been strongest in the history of the northern province of Ulster where for over 300 years they have constituted a majority of the Protestant population. The origins of the Presbyterian churches in Ireland can be traced to Scotland and to the successive waves of immigration of Scottish families to this island in the 1600s.
‘Is Boys’, written and spoken by Ulster-Scots poet and writer Charlie Gillen, is a tribute to the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division in World War I. The piece reflects the period from August in 1914 when many believed the war would be over by Christmas. However, the devastating reality and horror of a long trench was to go on until November 1918.
ROBERT THE BRUCE 700
The story of an Ulster island, a King in exile, a determined spider... and the greatest military triumph in Scotland’s history.
King Robert the Bruce was born on Rathlin Island, just off the coast of County Antrim, planning his return to Scotland. The event is being celebrated in a number of exciting events this summer!
THE PLANTATION OF ULSTER (1610–1630)
In the early seventeenth century 20–30,000 Scots crossed the North Channel into Ireland. Together they formed part of one of the most significant movements of people in these islands.
ULSTER COVENANT BELFAST
The strong social, economic, religious and cultural ties that existed between Ulster and Scotland led to an increasing consciousness of an Ulster-Scots identity in the course of the nineteenth century.