I'd just like to share a story with you, following on from Paulette's
extremely cogent posting. It's one I used in a paper at TAG94, so
apologies to anyone who has already heard it.
One of my colleagues here in Glasgow has the surname Leslie and,
having an interest in the family and his identity within the family,
spent a lot of time researching the Leslie family. He traced the clan
over secveral centuries and visited Castle Leslie, said to be the
clan centre. Having become an expert in the family's history, he was
chatting to one of his aunts about the family, proud to show off his
knowledge. It was at this point that his aunt revealed that their
branch of the family was not originally called Leslie. In fact, they
were originally Huguenot refugees who had fled to Ireland and adopted
the name Leslie because it was close to their original name.
The interesting point about this is that my colleague is a typical
product of the Protestant middle class of the South Side of Glasgow.
He had no idea that he should behave like a Frenchman, nor an
Irishman (since the family was Irish for a time before they became
Scots). Where, then, is the racial memory in this case?