Written by Jenni Calder
Today there up to 25 million Americans who claim to have Scottish heritage. Many of these people are the descendants of the Scots who journeyed to America in the 19th century, and became true pioneers of the West. These men and women were real cowboys and homesteaders; they were sheriffs and outlaws; they mined gold and built railroads; and they were among the first to conquer the frontier, making lives for themselves in the Wild West. Most importantly they became the SCots who helped shape the United States of America.