Got a story of a Scots
ancestor? Then do send it in for inclusion on these pages to Alastair McIntyre
1932, A True History of the United States
Scotsman in Buckskin
Sir William Drummond Stewart and the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade by Mae
Reed Porter and Odessa Davenport (1963)
American Railroad Builder, John Murray Forbes
By Henry Greenleaf Pearson (1911) (pdf)
Soldier-Statesmen of the Constitution
Life of John Paterson
Major-General in the Revolutionary Army by His Great-Grandson,
Thomas Egleston, LL.D. (1898) (pdf)
A Biographical Appreciation by Harry V. Radford (pdf)
- The Life, Public
Services, Addresses and Letters of Elias Boudinot, LL.D
President of the Continental Congress edited by J.J. Boudinot in Two
British Artisan Expedition to America
Equipped and sent out by and at the expense of the Dundee Courier
and Dundee Weekly News Newspapers.
Or The Scotch Settlement of Monmouth County, New Jersey by James Steen (1899) (pdf)
National Conference of State Legislators at the Scottish Parliament.
The first time they have met outside North America.
- Scotland and
US Founding Fathers
A short video from the National Library of Scotland
Pedestrian Tour of a Scottish Emigrant in the Middle States of America
Article from Tait's Edinburgh Magazine
- Fighting Scots
in the Frontier Army
A talk given by
Chris Dixon of the University of Strathclyde.
An exploration of Slavery in connection with the Scots.
the Cape Fear River 1660 - 1916
By James Sprunt
- Frontier House
A six part video series about modern American families trying to live as
the Pioneers did back in 1883.
- The Barnum and Bailey
A complete book about the circus
- War between the States
A whole section on the War between the States and the
many Scottish influences
- Scots Descendants
This is a page of mini bios of Scots descendants mostly
in America. In here you can learn some of the background of people of
Scots descent and how they contributed to the American way of life.
- Scots and
Scots Descendants in America
by D. MacDougall, 1917
- Miss Duncan
A prominent Scots-American
- Biographical History of
the American Irish in Chicago
Edited by Charles French (1897)
Scottish Highlanders going to Carolina
from the Celtic Magazine of 1876
- Historians and
the Scottish-American Connection
The links between Scotland and America
stretch back over three centuries. Perhaps one can officially date them
from 1650, when a group of Scots gathered in Boston to create the first
Scots’ Charitable Society, an organization to aid fellow immigrants
who had fallen upon hard times.
- The Southern States of
Published in 1909. A 12 volume publication but only the first 3
volumes published here.
- U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre
A brief Biography
This is where we list individual counties where we have some historical
- South Carolina
Some pictures from my time in South Carolina.
- Highland Scots of North Carolina
By Duane Meyer (pdf)
- Donna Flood's Stories
A collection of stories by Donna Flood on her Scots and Indian heritage.
- Scots in the North
A book about the period between 1790 - 1917
- John Stewart's Memorandum
An account of how the settlement of Greenbrier came into being.
Lady Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton
Died 14th January 2013 aged 103.
Consulate General of the United States, Edinburgh, Scotland
Their web site in Scotland.
- Archiving Early America
This is an excellent site with documents on early American history.
- Westward Ho
From 1860 to 1862, Pony Express riders
carried mail n relays from St. Joseph, MO to Sacramento, CA. Riders were out of
"St. Joe" had only a brief gallop to the wide Missouri River where ferry boats
conveyed them over the river.
- Hood's Texas Brigade
John Bell Hood was born June 29, 1831 in Bath
County Kentucky. His father, Dr. Julius Hood taught John the aspects of medicine
from a young age but John was not interested in becoming a doctor. He longed to go
to West Point Academy and become a cavalry officer so he could serve his country as
his grandfather and uncle had during the Revolutionary War.
- Sam Houston
Houston was strongly criticized for his
actions and military strategy of the Battle of the Alamo. Some of his peers thought
he was cowardly to Santa Anna but at the Battle of San Jacinto, he had mustered enough
troops to defeat the Mexican army. Houston was injured in the San Jacinto skirmish
and was sent to New Orleans for treatment. Upon his return to Tejas, he was elected
president of the new Republic of Texas.
- Col. Thomas Peck Ochiltree
An Unsung Hero - Col. Thomas
Author, Essayist, critic
- The Scots
and their Descendants in Illinois
By Thomas C. MacMillan, M.A.,
- The Revolutionaries
Cornwallis decided to divide his own force into three parts. One would be left to
guard Camden under Lieutenant Colonel Lord Francis Rawdon. Tarleton and his 1,100
cavalry and foot soldiers would become a fast-moving hammer that would pursue Brigadier
General Daniel Morgan and finally crush him against an anvil. Cornwallis's third
force, which would hover in North Carolina and intercept the rebels as they fled from
- Declaration of Independence
About the Declaration and the Scottish influence.
- A Friend's Soliloquy
This poem was written in 1943, paying homage
to all the boys who went to war.
- Trails to nowhere and to
In the early 1800's, American history reveals the old west had lots of trails as the
western migration continued to lead thousands of easterners west to explore the new
frontier, seek their fortune, stake their claim, homestead a portion of the large
land grants that were available to them.
- History of Philadelphia 1609 - 1884
By J. Thomas Scharf and Thomson Westcott in 3 volumes
- Reflections of a 20th
I was born John William Fulks in Marceline, Missouri on
November 6, 1920, the same day Warren G. Harding was elected president of the USA during
the final days of Woodrow Wilson's administration. It was just 2 years after the end of
World War I, the "war to end all wars" and only 8 years since the Titanic sank
off the Newfoundland coast on April 15, 1912.
- The Skidmore family of Braxton
He served as a private in the Virginia Militia and participated in the Battle of
Point Pleasant October 1774 under the command of his brother, Captain John Skidmore.
- Tails of the Trails of the Smoky
The old western frontier of the 1800's was a wild and
woolly beginning of the western migration of settlers, those coming from the Eastern
states to look for fortune and fame in the untamed territories.
- William Walker
The King of the Filibusters (pdf)
- The Scotch Element in American Civilization
By Neva Beryl Wiley (1909) (pdf)
- Captain Philo Norton McGiffin
Descended from the Clan
MacGregor and the Clan MacAlpine (pdf)
Upon the conclusion of the Mexican War in 1848, the northern and western boundaries
of Texas had not been settled with Mexico. No Man's Land is the Neutral Strip with metes
and bounds as follows: One half degree south of the 37th parallel latitude and three
degrees east and west of the East 103rd degree longitude, a rectangle of land bordered by
Kansas on the north, Texas panhandle on the south, New Mexico on the west and the Ok.
Cherokee Strip on the east.
- Presbyterian Pioneers in Western
The Reverend Charles Clinton Beatty (c.1715-1772) was born in County Antrim,
Ireland, to John Beatty, a British army officer, and Christiana Clinton, aunt of George
Clinton, the first governor of New York.
- Governor Patrick Henry
Colonel Rogers Clark from Virginia, with Governor Patrick Henry's help, recruited
Scotch-Irish and German frontiersmen from Southwest Virginia, and from Washington and
Greene Counties Tennessee (then in North Carolina) and rafted his men 1000 miles down the
Ohio River from Pittsburgh (Ft. Pitt), Pennsylvania (on right) in winter to make a
successful surprise attack against British installations in present -day Illinois and
Vincennes, in present-day Indiana.
- Robert Forbes
Is now living retired at Carbondale, where more than forty years ago he had his
first experience in Kansas as a coal minor. Thus he was identified with Carbondale in the
height of its prosperity as a mining center.
- Longhorn Country
No history of the cattle industry can be told without beginning with Texas and the
Texas Longhorn. Texas was the original home of ranching and became the major blending pot
for the evolution of the history-making Texas Longhorn breed of cattle.
- Mississippi and Beyond
Wilmington North Carolina situated on
Cape Fear River, 20 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, is known for her harbor, accommodating
the large ocean going vessels. The city is located in a highly productive
agricultural district of which many Scots settled centuries ago.
- Remember the Alamo
A cry of victory and defeat, heard around the
world for centuries, the last fatal attempt by a handful of frontiersman trained only to
hunt with a squirrel rifle and a Bowie knife who came from all parts of the eastern
territories and gave their lives for freedom's call.
- Famous Frontiersmen
By Charles H. L. Johnston (1913) (pdf)
- Judge Ochiltree
David Ochiltree came to America in 1739.
Duncan Ochiltree came to America in 1739, no further record...As I read this
record, I surmise that David and Duncan are Lord Ochiltree's two sons. There is no mention
of Lord Ochiltree arriving in America.
- The Chisholms
For hundreds of years the Chisholm name
has left significant marks in American History.
Adam Chisholm, captured at Preston and was transported to American on the
Elizabeth and Ann from Liverpool 29 June 1710.
- The Old 300
Although many cultures can stake a claim on the settlement of early Texas - mostly
the Spanish, Indians and French - it was the Scots and others of Celtic descent who led
the way in truly taming the wild territory and bringing it forward to a republic.
- Civil War Notebook
When 19 year old Daniel Chisholm joined the army, the United States was at war with
itself. Leaving his hometown of Uniontown, Pennsylvania in 1864, Chisholm fought
with Army of the Potomac in the final campaign of the Civil War, as Gen. Grant pushed his
superior numbers in bloody head-on collision with Gen. Lee's dwindling Confederate Army.
- A Western Tail
No Man's Land", the "Neutral Strip". or Public Lands, as it was
called variously, was a political and geographic paradox. It was an ungoverned
rectangle of land bordered by Kansas on the north, Texas on the south and New Mexico on
the west, an the Cherokee Strip on the east.
- Isaac Tichenor Goodnow
A lot has been said of the new School Marm, was
she a pretty young girl from the East, how much learning did she have, she is too young to
teach these kids and on and on and on. Most of the time, she would live in a Boarding
House, or some family home, depending on what was available. And sometimes she would
be a spinster, or a married lady, or the teacher could be the minister of a local church.
- John Andrew Howell
The history in verse by John Andrew Howell was written
at the beginning of the 1900's...and as the reader follows along, read carefully and grasp
the meaning of the messages as they were seen from this very specially gifted person.
- The Titanic
A unique poem by John Andrew Howell.
- History of Webster County in
Another poem by John Andrew Howell
- Juliette Gordon Low
Founder of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., was born October 31, 1860, in Savannah,
Georgia, and died there January 17, 1927.
This article was originally published in The Irish At Home and Abroad journal of
Irish genealogy and heritage (volume 2 #1, 1994/1995). Published four times yearly.
- The Alamo - James Bowie
James Bowie was a descendant of the Maryland Line of Bowies who originated in
Stirlingshire, Scotland. Known for his famous "Bowie knife" and a sometimes
reckless adventurer, Jim Bowie is now immortalized as one of the true folk heroes in early
- Memoir of Colonel John Allan
An Officer of the Revolution by George H. Allan (1867) (pdf)
- General and Mrs Custer
General Custer and his brother, Tom and his wife, Libbie (Elizabeth
Bacon Custer), were of Scottish ancestry. General Custer is of the Wilson-Ochiltree
- Medal of Honor
Scots-Irish that won this distinguished award.
- Clans of the Ponca
Yes, there was, of course, great intermarriage between the Scots and my mother's
people. The Native culture is as strong as the Scots and the two people were compatible. I
will try to elaborate.
- Henry Van Deman Faris
Of Kanopolis, is a Kansas around whom center many associations of territorial and
pioneer times. He is by five years the oldest living pioneer in Kansas west of Salina. He
has been continuously identified with Ellsworth County more than half a century.
- Scottish-American Military Society
The Scottish American Military Society was founded and chartered in North Carolina
April 12, 1981, as a non-profit organization.
The Scottish-American History Club
This is part of the Illinois St Andrew Society site and contains a number of their
newsletters which go out every quarter. I was totally amazed at the amount of information
they contained about Scottish-Americans. I highly recommend you visit this site as
there is some great reading which I just know you will enjoy.
- Scots and the
An interesting account of the connections between the Highland Scots and the
- The Indian Territory
1861 - 1865
This is an account by Thomas F. Anderson "of the part taken by our Southern
Indians in the war between the States, but have to depend on memory. Strange to say, my
recollection of what took place under my observation in the war with Mexico in 1845 and
'47, is more vivid than that of our last war. But few dates are remembered". The
Scots and Scots-Irish were very involved in this account which is why we've included it.
- James Britton
Britton Bailey was a straight shooting pioneer who endured many
hardships. In stature he was a large man, feared and respected by the
Indians and his neighbors. One of the "Old 300"
- Neil McLennan
settler, was born on the Isle of Skye in 1777. He immigrated in 1801 to
North Carolina with numerous family members and friends; in 1816 they
moved to Florida.
Known as Georgia’s Benjamin
Franklin, Thomas Spalding was born at Frederica (on St. Simon’s
Island, Georgia) on March 25, 1774. His ancestors were from the
Highlands of Scotland, and were among the band of hardy warriors which
Oglethorpe brought to Georgia to form a bulwark for the New Colony
against the Spaniards in Florida.
Lewis Lawrence Griffin
Around 1810, a young man named Lewis Lawrence Griffin settled in
Twiggs County. The very poor native Georgian would become president of
the Monroe Railroad and the founder of the city of Griffin.
Bios on Our Scottish Ancestors in KANSAS
A collection of around 30 bios on folks of Scots descent in Kansas.
- Teddy Roosevelt
The Rough Rider President of the United Sates of America.
- The Ringing of a Silver
Bell and Joe had suffered every
insult from the weather as far as the drought was concerned. The
last hammer to fall was the loss of the well. She knew they could not
survive without the precious water for them and for their livestock.
- Judge Arthur
Father of General Arthur MacArthur and Grand-Father of General Douglas
A small town in New Jersey, USA
- A Scotch Trader
Old letters from friends in America to their Scotch frienids at home written in Colonial times
- Windham, New Hampshire
A Scotch and Scots-Irish Settlement
- Into the West
A 6 part Video Presentation
- The Eugenics of PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN
His German-Scotch Ancestry Irrefutably Established from Recently Discovered Documents by James Caswell Coggins, A.M., S.T.D., Ph.D., LL.D. (pdf)
- John Taylor
A Scottish Merchant of Glasgow and New York 1752-1833 by Emily Johnston de Forest (1917) (pdf)
- Into the West
A 6 part Video Presentation
- The Scotch Ancestors of President McKinley (pdf)
- Into the West
A 6 part Video Presentation
- Great Words by Great Americans (pdf)
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