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The history of our world is impossible to comprehend without reference to massive and complex movements of population. For the late-sixteenth and seventeenth centuries witnessed extraordinary levels of Scottish, Irish and, to a lesser extent proportionately, English and Welsh movement eastwards to the continent and Scandinavia. The numbers, in the case of Scotland and probably also Ireland, vastly exceed those recorded with reference to British Imperial locations in the same period. Scholars of Irish emigration, meanwhile, tend to agree that Ireland lost around 30,000 people to parts of Europe beyond the archipelago in the first half of that century, besides more than 50,000 between 1650 and 1700. The 'Auld Alliance' between Scotland and France would seem an obvious European example to explore as regards modern-day vestiges, in the form of linguistic borrowings, literary references, besides representations in museums or, less tangibly, the heritage industry.

Keywords: english movement; heritage industry; Irish emigration; Scotland; Welsh movement

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