As with the other books in his “Scottish People” series, Dr. David Dobson’s The People of Glasgow, 1725-1775 identifies thousands of individuals who were living in a Scottish burgh at the time of significant Scottish immigration to North America. In Glasgow’s case the political union of Scotland and England in 1707 resulted in a major expansion of the town’s overseas trade and the stimulation of industry in and around it. By 1740 Glasgow merchants dominated the Virginia tobacco trade; their merchant companies had settled personnel along the American eastern seaboard and in the West Indies, distributing Scottish goods and transhipping tobacco for the continental market. The colonies also attracted individual farmers, physicians, tutors, and other professional workers and skilled craftsmen, who, along with the Glasgow merchant class, dominated the town council as burgesses.
Representative of the roughly 2,500 referenced persons named by Dr. Dobson in this publication, any number of whom undoubtedly settled in the New World, is the following:
Graham, John, son of Robert Graham and his wife Jean Luke, a tailor from Glasgow, emigrated by 1756, settled in Albemarle County, Virginia.