What drew Highlanders to the cowboy life? What problems did the Scots have to overcome to set up a new life? What did Scots do at the Battle of the Little Bighorn? What differences did the Scots find in the culture of the west? How did life in the Highlands prepare them for the life as a cowboy? How did the music develop and who else influenced the development of the old songs? Highland Cowboys explores the links between the two cattle cultures in music, song and dance, and folklore. The vast number of Scots who emigrated to North America has been well documented, whether through forcible eviction during the clearances of the 18th and 19th centuries or voluntarily in the hope of a better life. With them they took their culture, their language, their music and their skills. Cattle droving in Scotland was an established profession from the 16th century, and many such migrants took cowboy jobs in the American West.