Amethyst Pin From Scotland

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Amethyst Pin from Scotland
Amethyst Pin from Scotland

My object is an Amethyst pin that was passed down from my Great, Great Uncle to my mom, to me. My Great, Great Uncle came from Glasgow, Scotland with his three other siblings and his parents, in 1920. He was 18 at the time.They left for America because the ‘coal mines collapsed’ which means the government and the financial issue failed. Hoping to find a better life in America, he and his family left. 
Before they left, his mother, Mary, took him aside and said: “I wish we could stay in Scotland, but we don’t have any money anymore. I want your brothers and sister to grow up in a place where they don't have to worry about money and food.” She pointed to his two brothers, James and Robert, and his sister Rose. “I know this has affected you the most but if you keep this with you…” She then took out the pin “ will always be with Scotland.” He walked onto the ship a little bit lighter, but he was still sad.
My uncle traveled to Scotland back and forth for the rest of his life. He always said that he missed Scotland very much. He eventually told my Mother: “I love America as much as I loved Scotland.”
I am very proud of the pin when I look at it because I know how difficult it was to travel to America during that time period. I am very proud of my Scottish heritage. 

Place(s): Scotland
Year: 1920

– LS

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more