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  1. (used with a plural verb) the descendants of the Lowland Scots who were settled in Ulster in the 17th century.
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  1. of or relating to the Scotch-Irish.
  2. of mixed Scottish and Irish descent.
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Origin of Scotch-Irish

First recorded in 1735–45

Usage note

See Scotch.
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Historical Examples of 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.

  • 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.