Scots were the orig­i­nal hill­bil­lies

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - News -

THE first Amer­i­can hill­bil­lies were Scots, ac­cord­ing to a new BBC doc­u­men­tary.

Thou­sands of Scot­tish set­tlers ar­rived in Amer­ica in the 18th cen­tury look­ing for cheap land, and in the south­ern states they were re­cruited to help de­fend the coastal ar­eas.

Barry Vann, pro­fes­sor of ge­og­ra­phy at the Uni­ver­sity of the Cum­ber­lands in Williams­burg, Ken­tucky, said: “They came here for the most part in­ter­ested in farm­ing, and they wanted to live in strate­gi­cally im­por­tant places.

“That’s why we call them to­day Hill­bil­lies, be­cause they wanted to live up in the hills where they could see the en­emy com­ing.”

Scot­land and the Klan is on BBC Two Scot­land, Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 4 at 9pm.

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