Saturday, 27 July 2013


"If defeated everywhere else, I will take my last stand with the Scots Irish of my native Virginia."
(George Washington) 

Sometimes I get into a romantic cultural mood. Today is one such time. The American War of Independence was seen largely in Great Britain as a Presbyterian war. The Prime Minister, Horace Walpole, was heard to comment: “Cousin America has run off with a Presbyterian parson!” Tens of thousands of Scotch Irish Presbyterians whose roots lay in the Calvinistic preaching houses of Ulster fought bravely for the Patriot cause in the Revolution. Washington's words are justly commemorated in a mural (above) in Londonderry, which this year is celebrating its status at the UK city of culture.

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