Scottish Migration Documentary Film

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Raised by 5 people in 16 months
"Why They Left: A Scottish Migration" is a documentary film that tells the story of the first large group to migrate to the United States, the Scots. Film website: ScottishMigration-film.com
(Yellow Dot Designs is not a Non-profit organization. So please know that your donations will not be tax deductible. )

 Most people think of the romantic Highlands as the place our ancestors came from. And many did. But the purpose of this documentary is to explore where the majority of Scots migrated from - the Lowlands of Scotland. Most Americans of Scottish descent don't know where their ancestors came from, why they left, and on what ship and where they arrived. These details have been lost to the generations. This film tells why the Scottish Lowlands became so crowded, and what life was like there. The reasons that caused people to leave everything they knew, climb aboard a crowded and dirty ship, and sail in unspeakable squalor for many weeks to start a new life, penniless, in an unforgiving land.

 One man, William Gregary, left his family's carpet  factory in Kilmarnock in 1807. He boarded a wooden sailing ship and sailed to Alexandria, Virgina. The house he raised his large family in stands in Alexandria today. This film tells the story of how William overcame fever epidemics, the war of 1812, and the civil war, and became a leading citizen in Alexandria, while regularly visiting his home town of Kilmarnock to oversee the import of the factory's rugs to Alexandria.

Ellen Hamilton shows us port cities of Port Glasgow and Greenock, nestled in the beautiful scenery of the River Clyde, where so many people left from, never to return. The busy Ocean Terminal port in Greenock has changed since the late 1700's, but it is still a vibrant port today for shipping containers and tourist ships.

Hamilton interviews the Scottish author Derek Alexander in the 400 year old, beautifully preserved Newark Castle, by the River Clyde, to learn about how how that area became a major seaport for Glasgow.

 Lance Malamo, head of the Office of Historic Alexandria talks about how Alexandria started out as an important seaport town and place where Scottish migrants started their lives in America.

Americans of Scottish descent are interviewed, to find out how much they know of their family's past.

Yellow Dot Designs is not a Non-profit organization. So please know that your donations will not be tax deductible. All donations are considered to be a gift or grant to support the production of only this film project. All monies raised will be used to produce "Why They Left: A Scottish Migration."
Thank you for any donations to help make this project possible! It is very much appreciated.

If you would like to sponsor the film, and have your name or logo displayed at the end of the film, call
703 - 328 - 8046. Thank you!

Visit the Film Website:  ScottishMigration-film.com

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Planning an event to help fund this film, and to celebrate the opening of the new Yellow Dot Shop: History and Culture in Print! Pleased to have readings by local author Brooke C. Stoddard, and publisher Larry Moffi.
May 22 at St. Elmo's on Mt. Vernon Ave, from 7 to 9 pm.
Register and see the products at yellowdotshop.com
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See the photos from the Scottish Celebration Burns Dinner here:
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Designed a special t-shirt for the Scottish Celebration Burns Dinner. You can get yours at yellow-dot-shop.myshopify.com.
Custom art on 100% cotton shirts
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We had a terrific Scottish Celebration Burns Night on January 26th! Got an article about the project in the Alexandria Gazette Packet, page 19: http://connectionarchives.com/PDF/2018/012418/Alexandria.pdf
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Raised by 5 people in 16 months
Created January 25, 2017
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Margaret Rettig
4 months ago

Sorry I wasn’t able to attend the dinner. Good luck with the documentary.

6 months ago
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