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Death in the Diaspora: British and Irish Gravestones

Nicholas Evans and Angela McCarthy


As the British expanded their empire from near colonies such as Ireland to those in remote corners of the world, such as Barbados, Ceylon and Australia, they left a trail of physical remains in every parish where settlement occurred. Between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries, gravestones and elaborate epitaphs documented identity and attachment to both colony and metropole. This collection by leading migration historians and archaeologists seeks to explore what this evidence tells the twenty-first century reader about the attachment remote British and Irish migrants had to ‘home’ in life ... More

Keywords: British and Irish, migration, diaspora, imperialism, identity, culture, cultural hybridity, remembrance, memorialisation, death studies, mourning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474473781
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474473781.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Evans, editor
University of Hull

Angela McCarthy, editor
Otago University