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What is your family background? - Rosalind McClean
EXTERNAL ID
AB_SGI_06_ROSALIND_MCCLEAN_Q_01
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Rosalind McClean
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
41043
KEYWORDS
conferences
emigration
lecturers
audio
audios
familybackground

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As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad.

Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Dr Rosalind McClean answers the question:

'What is your family background?'

'That's a question that's always asked in New Zealand because it's what Maori always ask, and I always feel I'm from so many places that sometimes I feel inadequate about giving that answer. I'm from New Zealand - that's where I was born, and where I grew up, and where I live now - but I've lived, as a child, in Scotland, and I did my PhD in Scotland, and I've also lived in the Middle East. And my forebears are from - many New Zealanders are from many places - Scotland, England, Ireland, and also Syria; I have a great-grandfather from Syria, and a great-grandfather from Greece.

My surname's McClean and I grew up being told that we were Macleans of Duart, but my father always got tears in his eyes when he heard about the island of Tiree, and his own father died when he was very young, and I imagine that his father told him about Tiree, and I think that there's, that there's association there; that the stories have been lost because the McCleans came via the goldrushes and Canada, and they were shipbuilders in the United States. But I do, on my father's father's mother's side, and my direct maternal line, my mother's mother's mother - go through the mothers - I also have McCleans from Mull, from Tobermory, and McNaughtons and MacDonalds from Acharacle, who were Gaelic speakers so, I feel an association with that west part of Scotland. I don't know if it's true or not - well, some of it is true. I have a great-grandmother called Euphemia, Mac-, great-great grandmother called Euphemia MacDonald.'


BIOGRAPHY

A graduate of the Universities of Dunedin and Edinburgh, Rosalind McClean is a lecturer at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. In 2004, as a member of a team of New Zealand and Scottish scholars, she received a prestigious Marsden fellowship to study Scottish migration and settlement patterns in Aotearoa New Zealand and to investigate the legacies of this migration. Her academic work is informed by her experiences during the 1990s, when she travelled extensively, living with her young family in various locations in the Middle East, Europe and North America. She has worked for a charitable trust and as a freelance writer, and remains an advocate for migrant and refugee rights.

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What is your family background? - Rosalind McClean

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

conferences; emigration; lecturers; audio; audios; familybackground;

Am Baile

Scotland's Global Impact

As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad. <br /> <br /> Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Dr Rosalind McClean answers the question:<br /> <br /> 'What is your family background?' <br /> <br /> 'That's a question that's always asked in New Zealand because it's what Maori always ask, and I always feel I'm from so many places that sometimes I feel inadequate about giving that answer. I'm from New Zealand - that's where I was born, and where I grew up, and where I live now - but I've lived, as a child, in Scotland, and I did my PhD in Scotland, and I've also lived in the Middle East. And my forebears are from - many New Zealanders are from many places - Scotland, England, Ireland, and also Syria; I have a great-grandfather from Syria, and a great-grandfather from Greece.<br /> <br /> My surname's McClean and I grew up being told that we were Macleans of Duart, but my father always got tears in his eyes when he heard about the island of Tiree, and his own father died when he was very young, and I imagine that his father told him about Tiree, and I think that there's, that there's association there; that the stories have been lost because the McCleans came via the goldrushes and Canada, and they were shipbuilders in the United States. But I do, on my father's father's mother's side, and my direct maternal line, my mother's mother's mother - go through the mothers - I also have McCleans from Mull, from Tobermory, and McNaughtons and MacDonalds from Acharacle, who were Gaelic speakers so, I feel an association with that west part of Scotland. I don't know if it's true or not - well, some of it is true. I have a great-grandmother called Euphemia, Mac-, great-great grandmother called Euphemia MacDonald.'<br /> <br /> <br /> BIOGRAPHY<br /> <br /> A graduate of the Universities of Dunedin and Edinburgh, Rosalind McClean is a lecturer at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. In 2004, as a member of a team of New Zealand and Scottish scholars, she received a prestigious Marsden fellowship to study Scottish migration and settlement patterns in Aotearoa New Zealand and to investigate the legacies of this migration. Her academic work is informed by her experiences during the 1990s, when she travelled extensively, living with her young family in various locations in the Middle East, Europe and North America. She has worked for a charitable trust and as a freelance writer, and remains an advocate for migrant and refugee rights.