The French traveller Le Chevalier de La Tocnaye (1767-1823) toured Ireland at the end of the 18th century and then published an account of his travels in 1797 under the title Promenade d'un Francais en Irelande. Later it was translated into English and published in 1917 by John Stevenson in Belfast as A Frenchman's Walk through Ireland 1796-1797.
As regards the town of Belfast the French visitor wrote:
Belfast has almost entirely the look of a Scotch town and the character of the inhabitants has considerable resemblance to that of the people of Glasgow. The way of speaking is much more Scotch than Irish.At that time Belfast was a small town but it was predominantly Presbyterian and Ulster-Scots.
Earlier this year I wrote Scotch Town, an account of the Ulster-Scots language in Belfast and this was published by the Ulster-Scots Agency. The title was taken from the words of that 18th century French traveller. You can get a copy from my constituency office or directly from the Ulster-Scots Agency and it is free.