University of St Andrews - Scotland and the Flemish People


This is the third of a series of blog postings that examine the Flemish footprint in different parts of Scotland. This one — prepared mainly by John Ballantine — focuses on Glenshee, an area that is situated in Perthshire in the foothills of the Highlands. On the face of it Glenshee seems an unlikely place to find a settlement of late medieval/early modern Flemish. Most of the Flemish immigrants that have been traced so far as part of the Scotland and the Flemish People project have been found in the border areas with England, the larger Scottish cities, and the east facing coastal towns. Identifying a group of Flemish in one of the Perthshire glens is therefore a matter of some intrigue.

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