- (used with a plural verb) the descendants of the Lowland Scots who were settled in Ulster in the 17th century.
- of or relating to the Scotch-Irish.
- of mixed Scottish and Irish descent.
Origin of Scotch-Irish
First recorded in 1735–45
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Examples from the Web for scotch-irish
But it was in Pennsylvania that the center of Scotch-Irish power lay.The Frontier in American History
Frederick Jackson Turner
He is of Scotch-Irish and Indian descent on his father's side.History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)
George Washington Williams
The Scotch-Irish among the newcomers wanted land of their own—independence.
Like their Scotch-Irish brothers in Pennsylvania, they had determined to find a remedy.
He was of Scotch-Irish descent, and had received a thorough education when young.History of Linn County Iowa
Luther A. Brewer