Scotland's self-debasing year-long riot of fake tartan and knobbly sticks is being pitched to her diaspora in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, but, controversially, not the West Indies, which are full of people with Scots names.
And yes, those names are indicative of Scots descent. Like African-Americans, Afro-Caribbeans are very visibly lighter-skinned than people from the West Africa whence their slave ancestors were transported. Both in America and in the West Indies, very light-skinned slaves were given good jobs in the big house, rather than being made to work the fields. Think about it.
Yes, it is wrong to ignore those Diaspora Scots in the Caribbean (and the duskier Diaspora Scot-Irish, of whom more anon, in the United States). But there is a rather more glaring omission. There are five million people born in Scotland and living in England (i.e., as many as the total population of Scotland), and a million people born in England and living in Scotland (i.e., one fifth of the total population of Scotland is English-born).
Who in Scotland has neither relatives nor in-laws in England? The Christmas cards are wending their way across the Border as I write. I can tell you that for a fact.
Yet this "homecoming" has been, and is being, sold not at all in England, where at least half the Scots Diaspora must live. Actually, although the thought of some March of the Clans down Edinburgh's Royal Mile is absurd, I find that neglect rather hurtful.
And is anything been done in Northern Ireland, one wonders? Certainly, there is much reaching out to the Scots-Irish in America. But what of the Scots-Irish in Scots-Ireland? Nor let it be forgotten that the Scots were no great fans of the American Revolution. They much preferred the land to the north that remained loyal.
The Scots-Irish were revolutionaries pretty much to a man (they were no solid Unionists in Ireland at the same time). But those whose families, and indeed persons, had gone directly to America from Scotland were frequently Loyalists.
An early draft of the Declaration of Independence included among its charges against George III "sending against us Scotch and other foreign mercenaries". And in vain did the rebellious Legislature of North Carolina publish a manifesto in Gaelic, which nevertheless continued to be spoken there for more than a century after the Revolution.
So the Scots-Irish from America will have plenty to discuss at their "homecoming".
To which they, at least, have been invited.