Between 1984 and 1993, David Dobson compiled seven volumes that captured the identities of tens of thousands of Scots men, women, and children who emigrated to British North America between 1625 and 1825. Mr. Dobson’s findings came from a variety of primary and secondary sources, such as Scottish newspapers, the Scottish Services of Heirs, the Edinburgh Register of Deeds, published family histories, church records, burgess rolls, and much more.
In recent years, researchers have gained access to various records not available when Mr. Dobson concluded his “Directory of Scottish Settlers” series. One of the most important of these sources are the Scottish Quarter Session records now available at the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) in Edinburgh. The aforementioned records of the Court of Session, other original sources newly found at the NAS, and contemporary documents located in England, Holland, the U.S., and Canada comprise the basis for More Scottish Settlers, 1667-1827, a sequel to the seven-volume series that concluded more than 10 years ago.
The two thousand emigrants, listed alphabetically in this supplement, came from a number of walks of life: merchants, tradesmen, landowners, indentured servants, convicts, soldiers, etc. The compiler provides the traveler’s full name, a place of origin in Scotland, one or more associated dates, occupation, destination, and source of information. In many cases, the abstracts also reveal the names of relatives or traveling companions, reason for passage, name of university attended, military rank and/or regiment, ship traveled on, and more. In short, researchers who had despaired of ever turning up another shred of information about their elusive Scottish forebear will find much to consider in David Dobson’s latest contribution to the record of Scottish emigration.