The Original Scots Colonists of Early America: Caribbean Supplement 1611-1707 by David Dobson. Published by Genealogical Publishing Company, 1001 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. 1999. x, 149 pp. $20 plus $3.50 p&h.

This book was fascinating to read after Smith's book Colonists in Bondage: White Servitude and Convict Labor in America 1607-1776. Smith talked about the process and the big picture of getting servants and convicts into the American Colonies and the West Indies. Dobson's book gets specific with details about the individual Scots in the Caribbean who have been identified in the records.

This volume supplements Dobson's earlier volume Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783, focusing on the time period 1611-1707. The Act of Union occurred between England and Scotland in 1707 lifting the restrictions of trade between Scotland and the colonies. The result was a marked increase in trade and emigration to the Caribbean. This volume contains both primary and secondary material from U.K. and U.S. sources. All entries are fully referenced. A typical entry reads:

GLASGOW, JOHN a Covenanter from Cavers, Roxburghshire, captured after the Battle of Bothwell Bridge 22 June 1679, transported from Leith to the West Indies on the Crown of London, master Thomas Teddico, 27 November 1679, shipwrecked off Muil Head of Deerness, Orkney, 10 December 1679, later transported to Jamaica. [CEC#212/5] [SW#203][RBM]

John was one of the lucky ones as many are listed who drowned in this shipwreck.

This book is a valuable tool to assist in documenting Scottish individuals who during the 17th century went to the Caribbean. Many of their descendants ended up in the U.S., e.g. Theodore Roosevelt and Alexander Hamilton.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.7 no.4, 2000