Scotch Irish Pioneers in Ulster and America by Charles Knowles Bolton. Published by Heritage Books, Inc., 1540-E Pointer Ridge Place, Bowie MD 20716. 1910 reprinted 1989. Illustrations, index, maps. 398 pp. $28.50 plus $4 p&h.

The book begins with a number of chapters dealing with the situation in Ulster and the relationships between Ulster and North America prior to 1718. The bulk of the book focuses on the people, especially the clergy leadership, who began the migration from Ulster to the US in 1718.

The leaders with their successes and failures are described for each of the colonies that were started by the Scotch Irish. This includes the settlements of: Worcester, Rutland, Pelham, Palmer, Dracut, Andover, Casco Bay, Merrymeeting Bay, Nutfield and Londonderry in New England; Donegal, Derry and Neshaminy in Pennsylvania; Charleston and Williamsburg in South Carolina.

The appendices include: ships arriving in New England from Ireland between 1714 and 1720; Signers of the 1718 petition to Governor Shute; Home towns of Ulster families 1691-1718.

The time focus on the book is very narrow with the examination of the beginning of the Ulster Scot migration in 1718-1720. If your Irish are coming in this time period, or you want to know about the origins of this migration then this is a good resource to examine.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.4 no.2, 1997