>which I assume to be light-hearted since I subscribe to this list because I'm
Actually, John, I read somewhere that almost 50% of English people have
Celtic lineage. Maybe you should check it out?
In America, many Irish changed their names to English names, as there was a
lot of persecution here, which we are rarely told about. Many Americans
assume they are "English" when they are in fact of Irish descent.
I have some friends with the last name of McCann. I asked them if they were
Irish. They told me their family was Irish but identified as Scots because
they came during the time of the Great Hunger and it was unpopular to be Irish.
Also, many of the Irish slaves sent to Barbados, St.Kitts, Jamaica, and the
colony of Virginia had their names, religions, and national identities
forcibly changed. Many Americans who think they are English are in fact
descendants of Irish slaves.
BTW, there is an article today in the American Irish Newsletter that says,
"St. Kitts Slavery Monument in the Works" by Tom Culane of New Jersey.
He states, "....Over 100,000 young children who were orphans or had been
taken from their Catholic parents were sent abroad into slavery in the West
Indies, Virginia, and New England. It was hoped that they might lose their
faith and all knowledge of their nationality, for, in most instances even
their names were changed. Many of the 25,000 Irish slaves on St.Kitts died
from tropical heat, disease, or overwork. Any Irish caught trying to escape
were branded FT for Fugitive Traitor on their forehead. Other slaves were
whipped, hung by their hands and set on fire, or beaten over the head until
bloody for anything the English considered provocation. Over 150 Irish
slaves were caught practicing Catholicism and were shipped to the tiny
uninhabitable Crab Island where they were left to die of starvation.
Many of the Irish who survivied these drastic conditions, and their
descendants, were eventually shipped from the West Indies to the new English
settlements in South Carolina.....
It is this moving story that prompted the Minister of St. Kitts, Hon. G A.
Dwyer Astaphan, to meet with PEC member Tom Culhane. Mr. Culhane proposed
that a monument be erected near where the Irish slaves were unloaded and
sold to honor their memory. Such a monument will make certain that this dark
period of Irish history will not be forgotten...".
For further information on this project contact:
954 Stuyvesant Avenue,
Union, New Jersey. 07083 USA
For the complete text, and many more fascinating articles, subscribe to the
American Irish Newsletter at (914) 947-2726.
I have found things out from this newsletter, that you cannot find in ANY
public library in California.