European courts welcomed the aristocracy and military where they quickly rose
to prominence and became hugely successful. Others armed only with their wits,
had to fend for themselves.
No other country received more of The Wild Geese than America and no other ethnic group
had a greater impact on the history of the USA. Four of The Wild Geese were among George
Washington’s principal aides. Matthew Thornton, George Taylor and James Smith were
signatories to the American Declaration of Independence, as were others of Irish
ancestry including: Edward Routledge, Thomas Lynch, Thomas McKean, George Read
and Charles Carol. Thomas Fitzsimons signed the United States Constitution.
Over time the migrants formed communities, often intermarrying and became
a vital force in their host societies. However they never forgot their homeland
and dreamt of one day returning to Ireland.
Throughout time and to this day, migrants the world over, have to call on all
their resources to survive and prosper in alien environments.
The Wild Geese example indicates, that far from being an exceptional,
temporary phenomenon, migration is actually a permanent part
of the human condition.
THIS BRAND TELLS THEIR STORY