Our next team member to take us #InsideHES
is Urszula Szupszynska, one of our Senior Casework Officers.
Find out what her favourite #ScottishConnections
❓ What do you do at HES? .
I work in the Planning and Advice Team. I provide advice on planning applications requiring Environmental Impact Assessment, such as wind farm proposals or housing developments, where they can impact on nearby heritage assets. I also advise on historic environment policy and land allocations that form part of Local Development Plans.
❓ What’s your favourite #ScottishConnection
This ‘heritage link’ story is perhaps not so well-known, but it is one I find really interesting relates to Scottish emigration to #Poland
in the 16-17th centuries. .
The roots of the historical link between the two countries date back to the #15thCentury
but it is only in the #16thCentury
that the numbers of Scottish people living in Poland were large enough to talk about a ‘wave’ of emigration. .
The typical route for the Scots would start in the sea-coast towns of Poland, especially #Gdansk
), where there is still a suburb called the “Old Scots”, owing its name to an old colony of Scottish weavers. Gradually the Scots would move southwards to Polish towns and cities, finally exploring the whole country. .
the first Scot was registered in 1509. In the #17thCentury
they can be seen across the country, in cities, towns, as well as small villages. It’s estimated that around 30,000 Scottish families lived in Poland in 1630s. In the second half of the 17th c. the Scottish emigration to Poland seems to have stopped. .
The most popular profession of Scots in Poland was that of a travelling merchant. The phrase “Scottish wares” was created to describe different things sold by them, including knives, scissors, beads or boxes. Other professions such as doctors, painters or soldiers were represented too. In 1577, when Gdansk revolted, Polish King Stefan Batory brought 600-700 Scottish soldiers down to the city.
#socialhistory #ScottishHistory #PolishHistory