The first Congress of the Scotch-Irish Society of
the United States of America met in Columbus, Tennessee in 1889. Robert Bonner, the first President greeted the assembly. A. C. Floyd,
the first Secretary, then, got up to speak.
The following is taken from his address.

"The Scotch-Irish people have been second to none in their influence upon modern civilization. Their impress upon American institutions has been especially strong. They have been leaders in every sphere of life, both public and private. They were the first to declare independence from Great Britain, and foremost in the revolutionary struggle; leaders in the formation and adoption of the Constitution, and its most powerful defenders; most active in the expansion of our national domain, and the hardiest pioneers in its development."

The Scotch-Irish Society of the United States of America was founded to promote and preserve Scotch-Irish history and culture of America's Scotch-Irish heritage and to keep alive the esprit de corps of the Scotch-Irish people.

Membership in the Society is available to United States citizens,
and to legal permanent residents of the United States, who are of Scotch-Irish descent.

(left to right)
Member John Steadman wears the Henderson tartan in front of the Scotch-Irish tent that he hosted at the Highland Games in Phoenix, Arizona. Colonel Robert Nugent, U.S. Army officer during the American Civil War (The Journal of Scotch-Irish Studies, Vol. 2, No.4). Robert Bonner, first president of the Scotch-Irish Society and publisher of the New York Ledger (Scotch-Irish Society Newsletter, Spring 2008). Historic Brattonsville, 18th and 19th century living history plantation in York County, South Carolina (Scotch-Irish Society Newsletter, Fall 2009). Scotch-Irish textile mill workers at Dunbarton Mill, Greenwich, New York, circa 1902 (The Journal of Scotch-Irish Studies, Vol. 1, No.4). Conestoga Wagon, mode of transportation for many Scotch-Irish pioneers. Woodrow Wilson, 26th President of the United States of America. "Donegal to Donegal," mural in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, created by Wayne Fettro.


For information please contact the Society secretary:
or write to:
The Scotch-Irish Society of the USA
P.O. Box 53
Media, PA 19063


is committed to the encouragement of scholarly studies on the Scotch-Irish
people: their history, language, literature, music, material
culture, and political and legal philosophy, and their contributions in general to the United States of America. To this end, the Center publishes an annual scholarly journal, the Journal of Scotch-Irish Studies, and sponsors a biennial symposium, the Scotch-Irish Identity Symposium.scotch-irish studies logo