Scottish Migration Documentary Film

"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

 We are in the stages of putting the film together and are in need of your donation to pay for the usage of images, help with film editing, illustrations, sound editing and so many things. Every donation is very much appreciated. Thank you for your help!

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 Gregory, left his family's carpet factory in Kilmarnock in 1807. He boarded a wooden sailing ship and sailed to America. William found work and a home in Alexandria, Virginia.  Letters written home to his family in Kilmarnock and letters to America tell the story of this family.

Ellen Hamilton shows us the cities of Kilmarnock in Ayrshire, and Greenock at the mouth 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 were interviewed at a Scottish Games in Virginia to find out how much they know of their family's past.

We are in the stages of putting the film together and are in need of your donation to pay for the usage of images, help with film editing, illustrations, sound editing and so many things. Every donation is very much appreciated. Thank you for your help!

(We are working on  teaming up with a Non-profit organization, so that your donation can be tax deductible! Yellow Dot Designs is not a non-profit organization so for now your donations will not be tax deductible. Hopefully this will not dissuade you from supporting the project!)

Sponsorships:
If you would like to sponsor the film and have your name or logo displayed in the film and all our materials, then we have some great perks for you!
Call Ellen at 703 - 519 - 3857 to see the Film Treatment and business and marketing plan. Thank you!

Visit the Film Website:  ScottishMigration-film.com

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Ellen Hamilton 
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Alexandria, VA
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