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The Migrant Scotts and Their Descendants

Some Early Scots in Maritime Canada

The Antecedents of the ABERNETHY Family of Scotland, Virginia and Alabama

Ships from Scotland to America, 1628-1828 icon

Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607-1785

Epitaphs & Inscriptions from Burial Grounds & Old Buildings in the North-east of Scotland with Genealogical and Antiquarian Notes Also an Appendix of Illustrative Papers

Scots Heraldry icon

COLLINS Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia icon

Directory of Scots Banished to the American Plantations, 1650-1775 icon

The Royal House of Stuart: the descendants of King James VI of Scotland, James I of England icon

The Ancestors and Descendants of George LEIGHTON and Jean GUTHRIE

The Lowland Scots Regiments: Their Origin, Character and Services Previous to the Great War of 1914 icon

Guide to Genealogical Sources in the British Isles icon

1881 British Census and National Index England, Scotland, Wales, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and Royal Navy CD

The Armorial Gallery, Highlanders' Memorial Church, Glasgow

Directory of Scots in the Carolinas, 1680-1830 icon

King William's College Register, 1833-1904 icon

Annals of a Scots Family, 1691-1936 icon

Adventurers & Exiles: The Great Scottish Exodus icon

Scottish Family Histories icon

A Narrative of the Rise & Progress of Emigration From the Counties of Lanark & Renfrew to New Settlements in Upper Canada... icon

Monumental Inscriptions (Pre-1855) in East Stirlingshire icon

Our Ancestors: Scots, Picts, and Cymry and What Their Traditions Tell Us icon

With the Scottish Regiments at the Front icon

The Scots Overseas: Emigrants and Adventurers from Aberdeen and North East Scotland, Fife, Moray and Banff, Angus and Perth, Southern Scotland, Glasgow and the West of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland, the Lothians and the Northern Highlands icon

Scottish Local History: An Introductory Guide icon
"This is the first full-scale study of Scottish local history, an exhaustive survey of the vast body of documents available to the researcher in Scottish archives, libraries, and record offices.

"Whether you are interested in tracing the history of your own family, your house, your community or any other aspect of local history, this book is sure to produce results.

"Pages: 178 Indexed."

The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland & Wales icon

Scots Heraldry icon

Historical Geography of the Clans of Scotland icon

In Search of Hamish McBagpipes: A Concise Guide to Scottish Genealogy icon

In Search of Scottish Ancestry icon

Scottish-American Wills, 1650-1900
"Between the years 1650 and 1900, over 2,000 Scots, resident in North America, chose to have their wills registered and confirmed in Scotland rather than in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, which traditionally had jurisdiction in probate matters affecting British subjects who died overseas. This book is essentially an index to those wills, with supplementary data extracted from a government publication titled Index to Personal Estates of Defuncts, 1846-1866. Information given with each entry includes the name of the testator, his place of residence in North America, his occupation (where known), sometimes his former place of residence in Scotland, and the date of his death or the date the will was registered."

Scottish-American Court Records, 1733-1783  
The political union of Scotland and England in 1707 led to a rapid expansion of Scottish economic links with the American colonies, especially on the Chesapeake, where in the years prior to the Revolution the tobacco trade was controlled by Glasgow-based merchants and their factors. Evidence of this economic expansion and the subsequent settlement of Scots in America exists in a wide range of documentary sources in Scotland, including the records of the Scottish court system which have been deposited in the Scottish Record Office in Edinburgh. This present work is a digest of such evidence and is based on the minute books of the Court of Session (the highest civil court) and those of the High Court of the Admiralty (which had jurisdiction in all seafaring and maritime cases) for the period 1733-1783. In essence it identifies those people resident in North America who were engaged in litigation in Scotland and whose cases came before the aforementioned courts.

Scots in Georgia and the Deep South, 1735-1845
"During the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, the area now known as Georgia was a buffer zone between British-governed South Carolina and Spanish-governed Florida. Settlement of the region by the British did not take place until 1732 when James Oglethorpe established the colony of Georgia as a refuge for English debtors, paupers, and discharged prisoners. Scottish immigration to the colony commenced almost at the same time, however, and was made up of two distinct categories of immigrants: Lowlanders and Highlanders. Lowlanders immigrated for purely economic reasons, as farmers and later as merchants; while Highlanders were recruited to the colony for strategic purposes, basically to guard the southern frontier from Spanish incursions.

Somewhat later, at the conclusion of the French and Indian War in 1763, the Spanish withdrew from Florida. The removal of the Spanish threat and the acquisition of new lands by the British led to an influx of settlers, including Scots, into Florida and as far west as Mobile. Many of the earliest settlers in the area were former Scottish soldiers and indentured servants, awarded land on the condition that they develop it and settle other immigrants on the land within a few years.

This new work by the prolific Scottish author David Dobson contains the names of several thousand Scots who immigrated to Georgia and the Deep South, settling in the area sometime between 1735 and 1845. Based on probate records, court records, family papers, newspapers and journals, naturalization papers, church registers, gravestone inscriptions, printed sources, and census returns, the information provided in this book is of a broad and mixed character, generally giving some or all of the following details: name, place and date of birth, occupation, place and date of settlement in Georgia or the Deep South, and names of wives and children.

If you're looking for a Scottish ancestor who hasn't shown up in any of Mr. Dobson's other books, this could be your answer."

Scots on the Chesapeake, 1607-1830 icon
"While tradition and historical sources indicate a continuous link between the Chesapeake and Scotland from the early seventeenth century, the specific data that genealogists require in identifying Scottish ancestors is far from complete. Nevertheless, this new book by David Dobson attempts to bring together all available references to Scots in Virginia and Maryland from sources scattered throughout Great Britain and North America. To develop this information Mr. Dobson conducted research in archives and libraries in Scotland, England, Canada, and the United States. The result is an exhaustive list of several thousand Scots known to have been in the Chesapeake region between 1607 and 1830, including, where known, details of birth, marriage and death, occupation, age, date of emigration, place of settlement, and family relationships. Only those who have been positively identified as Scots or likely to have been born in Scotland are included in this invaluable work."

Scots in the Mid-Atlantic Colonies, 1635-1783 icon

Scottish Maritime Records1600-1850: A Guide for Family Historians  
The aim of this pamphlet is to provide a Scottish sourcebook for the period 1600-1850 which identifies the range of maritime sources available and where relevant information both published and manuscript can be located within Scotland. The author breaks down the broad range of maritime records into the following seven categories: Royal Navy, Merchant Navy, Fishing, Whaling and Smuggling, Privateers and Pirates, The Slave Trade, and Court Records (including the High Court of Admiralty of Scotland, and the Court of Session). In each case, he provides an historical introduction to a particular record classification, as it impinges on the availability of the records in question. Mr. Dobson then goes on to itemize the key manuscript collections, the repositories where they may be found, and a number of books and articles which promise to shed additional light on each of the record groups.

Emigrants from Scotland to America 1774-1775  
Transcribed from old Treasury Papers in the Public Record Office in London, this work lists some 2,000 persons by age, station, occupation, residence in Scotland, destination in America, and reasons for emigrating. Various states along the eastern seaboard are noted as places of embarkation. This work is of great value in bridging the Atlantic during the tumultuous years 1774-1775.

Scottish Settlers of America. The 17th and 18th Centuries   
Originally published in thirteen installments of U.S. Scots magazine, Dr. Millett's account of Scottish emigration to colonial America is, arguably, the best introduction to its subject. Based upon a careful reading of the recent secondary literature, the author draws the following conclusions about Scots colonists: (1) The principal motivation for Scottish emigration was self-improvement and economic gain; (2) Scottish settlers were ambitious and self-reliant; (3) Scottish emigrants arrived as families intending to stay; (4) Most Scottish settlers readily assimilated into colonial society; (5) The Scots favored certain parts of the colonies over others; and (6) The principal sources of identity for Scots were surname and family.

Dr. Millett develops these findings in considerable detail, of course, in chapters devoted to the Scottish homeland and its peoples, the push/pull of emigration/immigration, Scottish colonial settlements prior to 1707, and the establishment of the principal 18th-century Scottish communities along the Chesapeake, the Carolinas and Georgia, and throughout the Middle Colonies. In addition, a special chapter treats the role of Scots during the American Revolution, including the part played by Scottish Loyalists. While this is a book that is primarily historical and not genealogical, researchers will nonetheless find in it sketches of famous Scots like John Paul Jones and Hugh Mercer, not to mention invaluable narrative and statistical background information on the Scottish presence in the colonies.

Directory of Scottish Settlers in North America...

Colonists from Scotland: Emigration to North America, 1707-1783
This distinguished monograph, published originally by the Cornell University Press, is a treatise on the causes and character of Scottish emigration to North America prior to the American Revolution. Entire chapters are then devoted to Lowland and Highland emigration, forced transportation of felons and the drafting of Scottish troops to the colonies, rising rents and other factors in the Scottish social structure, and the British government's role in colonization. Three concluding chapters cover the geographical centers of Scottish settlement--especially the Carolinas, the formation of a Scottish merchant class, the role of the Society of Saint Andrews among Scottish-Americans, and the political conservatism or Toryism of many Scottish settlers during the American Revolution."

Scottish-American Heirs, 1683-1883  
In Scotland on the death of a landowner, the local sheriff held an inquest to establish the credentials of any person claiming to be the true and rightful heir to lands which were in the possession of the deceased at the time of his or her death. The documentary evidence associated with the inquest--taken by the sheriff to determine identities, relationships, and claims to property and known as the Services of Heirs--is a particularly valuable if little known genealogical source. The records of the Services of Heirs, now located at the Scottish Record Office in Edinburgh, provide authentic and reliable confirmation of the relationship between deceased individuals and their heirs. This makes the records an invaluable source for those seeking a trans-Atlantic family connection, as many of the entries link families in North America with Scotland. Indeed, David Dobson, the well-known Scottish authority, has found 2,657 trans-Atlantic links in the records--links providing irrefutable evidence of the relationship between families in America and families in Scotland. Taken directly from the records of the Services of Heirs, his new work contains abstracts of every Scottish-American connection found in the records in the 200 years between 1683 and 1883! As a rule, the abstracts give, for the deceased, his name, occupation, residence in Scotland, date of inquest, and relationship to heirs; for the heirs, name, occupation, place of residence in America, and relationship to the deceased. For convenience the abstracts are arranged alphabetically by the name of the deceased, while all other names mentioned in the abstracts are listed in the index. As far as Scottish genealogy goes, this is so good it's almost cheating!

Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning & History icon
"This major reference work, first published in 1946, is a fully documented alphabetical listing of over 8,000 Scottish family and personal names and is an invaluable source of information for genealogists, historians and families interested in their Scottish ancestry. "

The Great Historic Families of Scotland
"One of the great genealogical compendia of Scottish families, Taylor's Historic Families of Scotland has been in constant demand since its original appearance at the end of the 19th century. According to one review, it would be welcome by those who valued high standards of genealogical research and delighted in the romance of history. Equally important, from the genealogist's point of view, is the fact that the fifty or so main families selected for inclusion are thoroughly representative in character and are the progenitors of untold numbers of people living today. As might be expected of such a work, the narrative traces the families from their earliest recorded origins all the way up to the end of the 19th century. "

Tea at Miss Cranston's: A Century of Glasgow Memories icon

Epitaphs and Images from Scottish Graveyards icon
"This is an illustrated collection of epitaphs divided into sections, such as death, resurrection, the professions and trades, eulogies and epitaphs quaint and curious. The book contains a wide range of photographs depicting the stones on which the epitaphs are carved or written. Many of the stones are artfully sculpted indicators of the fashions of past times. Some of the stones are eccentric and peculiar, but all yield insights into the society of times past. The epitaphs tell about the people buried in the churchyards: fragments of the lives and characters of pedlars and gamekeepers; and ministers and authors who may have lived in very different times, but certainly had their mortality in common with us."

Scottish Monuments and Tombstones
"Information from about 250 parishes, grouped by county. While the two volumes do not cover every Scottish parish, "the omissions are not very numerous." Volume 1. The counties covered in this volume are: Ayrshire, Berwickshire, Dumfriesshire, Edinburghshire, Hadding-tonshire, Kirkcudbrightshire, Lanarkshire, Linlithgowshire, Peeblesshire, Renfrewshire, Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire and Wigtonshire. Tombstones are dated as early as the 13th century."

Scottish Medical Societies 1731-1939: Their History and Records icon
A history of Scottish medical societies, illustrating the key role they played in the growth of the country's medical profession. A guide to the societies, their purpose, history, and the location of their records is also included. Distributed by Columbia U. Press. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Scottish Traveler Tales: Lives Shaped Through Stories
An examination of the fascinating storytelling culture of a nomadic society of Scotland

Scots-Irish Heritage

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