Tandragee author to deliver key lecture

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Tandragee journalist/author Billy Kennedy is to deliver the fourth annual Whitelaw Reid Memorial lecture on Thursday, April 23, organised by the Ulster-Scots Agency.

The lecture in the Discover Ulster-Scots Centre at 1 Victoria Street, Belfast (7pm) is entitled - ‘Ulster Scots who created the distinctive American psyche’ and a 48-page brochure of the title theme, compiled by Mr Kennedy, will be launched by the US Consul General in Northern Ireland Gregory F. Burton.

Emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th century was a major historical movement, with the great majority of folk who trekked across the Atlantic Ocean in this period of dissenting Presbyterian stock.

By the end of the 18th century, they had become among the most influential of the white population in America. Native-born and first, second and third generation Ulstermen rose to become American Presidents, statesmen, churchmen, soldiers, academics, musicians and leaders of civic society.

Admission to the lecture on April 23 is free and register can be made for the lecture by emailing info@ulsterscotsagency.org.uk, telephone (028) 9023 1113.