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Secondary Scholarship | 2005
Transcription Campbell, whose ancestors, like so
many in the Carolinas, originally
migrated to Northern Ireland from
Scotland.
Returning home, Campbell con-
tacted Mayor Bob Coble, Gov.
David Beasley and Clover Mayor
Vance Stine to tell them he'd love
to present a key to the city of
Columbia and a flag flown over the
State House to the Lame visitors.
Last Friday, Campbell made the
presentations at a posh reception
in Clover.
The Larne delegation also
included a member of the British
Parliament and the Larne Harbour
Accordion Band, which performed
Saturday at Clover's second annual
"Feis Chlobhair" festival, which
celebrates the town's Scotch-Irish
roots. (Feis Chlobhair is Gaelic for
gathering in Clover.")
Clover, population 3,000; beat
out Boston and Columbus, Ga., for
sister-city honors with Lame.
Said Mayor Stine, "They chose
us because Clover is the geographi-
cal center of where so many Lame
and Northern Ireland immigrants
settled in the 1700s."
Scotch-Irish. Sam Thomas, a cura-
tor with the Cultural and Heritage
Commission of York County,
played a key role in the "twinning''
relationship.
While tracing the roots of early

York County settlers, Thomas'
research led him to Larne in Coun-
ty Antrim and officials there.
Said Thomas: "The- first immi-
grants left Larne for America in
1717. Their ship was called Friends
Goodwill."
In 1772, thousands of other
immigrants left County Antrim and
settled in the upper part of South
Carolina, Thomas said. "They put
in at Charleston and came on up."
The migration was sparked by
the desire for religious freedom
and to escape landlords, converting
tenant farmland to sheep grazing,
Thomas said.
The forebears of Andrew Jack-
son, the seventh U.S. president,
arrived in this group, as well as the
ancestors of thousands who live
today in the Upper Piedmont.
A debate has long ensued over
the proper name to call these
hearty people: Scotch-Irish or
Scots-Irish?
Said Thomas: "The Canadians
and Australians call them Scots-
Irish, while Americans call them
Scotch-Irish. George Washington
called them `Scotch-Irish,' and if
it's good enough for George, it's
good enough for me."

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