The Original Scots Colonists of Early America Supplement: 1607-1707by David Dobson. Published by Genealogical Publishing Company, 1001 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore MD 21202. 1998. xiv, 196 pp. Hardcover. $22.50 plus $3.50 p&h.
The Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783 was published in 1989 using source material located in the U.K. This supplemental volume improves on some of the information in the original, plus adds completely new information from recent research in primary and secondary sources located in the U.K. and the U.S. The supplement focuses on forced and voluntary emigration prior to the Act of Union in 1707. The Act eliminated restrictions on trade between Scotland and the American colonies resulting in an increase in emigration. This volume has strong emphasis on the four main phases of Scots settlement during the 17th century: Nova Scotia in the 1620's; New England and the Chesapeake in the mid century; South Carolina in the mid-1680's; and East New Jersey also in the mid-1680's. The appendix contains three interesting seventeenth century documents showing how emigration was encouraged. There is a long list of source publications to which all entries are keyed. A typical entry reads:
BEVERBRIDGE, JOHN, Islay, Argyll, a Covenanter, imprisoned in Canongate Tollbooth, banished to the American Plantations 30.7.1685, transported from Leith to East New Jersey on the Henry and Francis of Newcastle, master Richard Hutton, 8.1685. [PC.11.126/137/320/330]
This is a valuable research tool for those seeking seventeenth century Scottish emigrants in North America.
Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.5 no.2, 1998