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April 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm #14673
Very poor is an overstatement. I am not sure if I used those words, but if I did, I misspoke. Poor is better with most being farmers and laborers who had no land but enough to scrape together to get their family to the new world. The Celts were a mixed bag of peoples. Some, perhaps 1 or 2 percent of the Celtic immigrants, were from the upper class. Perhaps another 5 to 10 percent were from the “midling” group of independent yeoman farmers. The rest were from that bottom group. There were some unskilled Celtic peoples who made the trip, some as indentured servants, others who could scrape up the money to do it.