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1. The people of Scotland who settled in Ulster or their descendants, especially those who emigrated to North America. Also called Scotch-Irish. See Usage Note at Scottish.

Scots′-I′rish adj.


or Scots-Irish

1. (used with a pl. v.) the descendants of the Lowland Scots who were settled in Ulster in the 17th century.
2. of or pertaining to the Scotch-Irish.
usage: See Scotch.
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He shouldn't worry as if the Scots vote Yes he can always get in touch with our own Scots Irish or Ulster Scots with a view to forming the Scots English.
But think of it, those 44 million Irish Americans who then discover they might be a wee bit Scottish could opt with a little PR help from the Tourist Board to be Scots Irish Americans.
Although the competition today includes some interesting (and high quality) horses, particularly in the shape of Eddie O'Grady's Tranquil Sea and old stager Scots Irish, I feel the even money on offer around Noble Prince offers us a great opportunity to double our money.
The song goes back as far as the late 1700s and is most likely to be Scots Irish.
Although there are certainly elements of Scots Irish origin in its core repertory - and again this is demonstrated by clear musical examples (p.
Q FAMILY folklore has it that I have American immigrant ancestors were Scots Irish.
Here, they were referred to initially as Scotch-Irish and, even more recently, Scots Irish.
Apart from Rebel Soldier Lad, composed by Alec, all the others are traditional tunes, many of them showing the Scots Irish and North of England heritage of most Mountain ballads.
Moving west to find the freedom to farm their own lands in the Appalachians, the Ulster Scots, or Scots Irish as they became known in America, kept many old tunes.