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meself BS: The Term 'Scotch-Irish' (42) BS: The Term 'Scotch-Irish' 02 May 19

[I'm starting a new thread here in order to avoid hi-jacking another one.]

Wikipedia, which is as far as I'm likely to go in researching this, says, "the earliest known American reference [to the term 'Scotch-Irish', as opposed to 'Scots-Irish'] appeared in a Maryland affidavit in 1689/90", cites several 18th century uses, while acknowledging it didn't become "popular" till after 1850.

My impression is that the term is commonly used by those Americans who believe it is an accurate designation of their ancestry, whether or not they are "racial fantasists and Protestant bigots" (from another post). I am willing to stand corrected, though ... Americans?

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