- A quote from American President
Woodrow Wilson, "Every line of strength in American history is
a line colored with Scottish blood."
- More than 100 governors of pre- and
post- Revolutionary America were of Scottish birth or descent.
- Others from Scotland or of Scots
descent in American history:
- 35 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 25 of them are in the Great
Americans Hall of Fame.
- Almost 1/2 of the Secretaries of U.S. Treasury and 1/3 of the
Secretaries of State were Scots.
- 9 of the signatures on the Declaration of Independence were from
- 9 of the 13 colony governors made in the new USA were Scots.
- James Pollock, of Scots descent, put the slogan "In God We
Trust" on American coins!
- 61% of American Presidents are of
Scots or Scots-Irish descent.
- A Scot,
James Watt, developed the first
efficient steam engine and in so doing started the Industrial Revolution.
- A Scot, John Logie
Baird, invented the
- A Scot, John
Napier, invented logarithms
and the decimal notation.
- A Scot, Kirkpatrick
invented the bicycle.
- A Scot, John Paul
Jones, founded the
- A Scot, Alexander
- A Scot, William
Paterson, founded the
Bank of England.
- A Scot, Alexander Graham
invented the telephone.
- A Scot, John Chalmers, invented the
adhesive postage stamp.
- A Scot, John Boyd
Dunlop, invented the
- A Scot, Captain Patrick Ferguson,
invented the breech loading rifle.
- A Scot, Major General Lachlan
Macquarie, know as the 'Father of Australia',
- A Scot, Sir John Alexander
was the first Prime Minister of Canada under confederation.
- A Scot,
Blake Glover, was one of the founding fathers of modern Japan.
- A Scot,
Henry Faulds pioneered
the use of fingerprints as means of undisputed identity of people.
- A Scot, Robert
Stirling, invented the Stirling engine in 1850. Stirling engines are being studied at NASA for use in powering space vehicles with solar energy!
- The Scots invented Golf.
- “History credits the Rev. Elijah
Craig, a Baptist minister, with being the first in 1789 to make
bourbon.” He was a Scotsman. Kentucky is the place for bourbon
because of the limestone which makes the water almost iron-free.
“The first bourbon recognized by brand outside of Kentucky
probably was produced by Dr. James Crow...a Scotsman who settled
near the Rev. Craig’s place.” He was known by the locals as Jim
- The Scottish-American Hall of Fame
contains more plaques for the military than any other category.
Twenty-one men are installed including Daniel Boone who is listed as
an “Indian Fighter.” The list is as follows: George Rogers
Clark, Frontier hero of the Revolutionary War; Stonewall Jackson;
Joseph E. Johnston; Henry Knox; Arthur MacArthur, army general,
father of Douglas MacArthur; George B. McClellan; Alexander Macomb,
general and hero of the War of 1812; William (Billy) Mitchell,
controversial air power advocate; William Multrie; George S. Patton,
WWII exponent of mobile warfare; Winfred Scott, Mexican War and
Chief of staff; J.E.B. Stuart, Confederate cavalry general;
Christopher “Kit” Carson, frontiersman and explorer; William
Clark, explorer with Merriwether Lewis; Davy Crockett, frontiers-man
who died at the Alamo. Two individuals are listed under the category
of “Naval.” They are David Glasgow Farragut, Civil War naval
hero, and John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War naval hero.
- Famous Quote: "If all else fails,
I will retreat up the valley of Virginia, plant my flag on the Blue
Ridge, rally around the Scotch-Irish of that region and make my last
stand for liberty amongst a people who will never submit to British
tyranny whilst there is a man left to draw a trigger." George
Washington, Valley Forge.
- Scottish Freemasonry is now officially
recognised as being the oldest in the world and is now recorded as a Guinness
- Although the Scots comprise less than
one-half of 1 percent of the world’s population, 11 percent of all
Nobel prizes have been awarded to Scotsmen.
Quote from "The Mark of the Scots" by
Duncan A Bruce.
- The world’s first university faculty
of engineering and technical science was in Glasgow.
- 67 US
Politicians were born in Scotland that we know off.
- There are estimated to be 20,000
Americans living in Scotland and half a million visit each year.
- It is estimated that 15% of Canadians
are of Scots descent.
- Scotland invented branch banking and so brought banking facilities to the people and the world.
- "The Reverend Malcolm MacDonald, a native of Whitton, Quebec, a descendant of the early Scots settlers and of the first church established in the area, says:
"‘The Book of Books was the library they opened, and the Church of Jesus Christ was the first institution they established and that in their homes, and the Gospel of Christ was the philosophy they espoused.’ "
"The most casual observer and historian must admit that these early settlers played a leading part in setting the course in which the Nation travels today.
"I am indeed grateful that we are privileged to stand in the stream of a noble, spiritual, national and cultural tradition, which has flourished in Scotland for centuries, and for some 150 years established firmly on this North American Continent, in both Canada and the United States.
- And as for the first printed dollar
sign, that was made on a Philadelphia printing press in the 1790s
and was the work of a staunch American patriot – or at least a
vehemently anti-English Scotsman – named Archibald Binny, who’s
today remembered as the creator of the Monticello typeface.
- SCOTS emigres to the US are five times
more likely to become dollar millionaires than those from any other
country, according to a study of wealth. Thomas Stanley and William
Danko, in their book The Millionaire Next Door, analysed the ethnic
backgrounds of the wealthiest members of US society and discovered
that while people of Scottish origin make up 1.7% of the population,
they comprise 9.3% of its millionaires.
- At the battle of Trafalgar (The
British under Nelson won a decisive naval battle off southern Spain
against the French and Spanish.) in 1805 around 30% of the fleet's
crew hailed from Scotland and Scottish industry provided timber
products, sails, ropes, iron cannons and iron balls.
In 1969 during the inauguration of President Nixon, a
news commentator with a Scottish bent, watching the ceremony on
television, mentioned that on the inaugural platform, standing together,
were President Lyndon Johnson, President Richard Nixon and American
Evangelist Billy Graham - all descendants of the Border Reivers
families, known for their lawlessness family feuds, lifting cattle and
stealing women. Now 300 years later they are running and influencing one
of the most powerful countries in the world.
During the early part of Nixon’s Presidency, the United
States landed a manned spacecraft on the moon. Neil Armstrong stepped
off the ladder of the spacecraft and became the first man on the moon.
He then gets a call from President Nixon, who’s family came from
Dumfries-shire via Northern Ireland to the US (those we call
“Scots-Irish” in the US) , congratulating him on his accomplishment.
Both were members of the Armstrong clan and might have been distant
kinsman. The conversation between Armstrong and Nixon was made
possible by Alexander Graham Bell, another Border family and Gugliemo
Marconi, whose mother was of Scots-Irish ancestry. And if was all shown
on television - invented by another Scot, John Logie-Baird. And just to
make sure that things would go right, five of the original seven
American astronauts were of Scottish ancestry, and five of the original
12 men who have walked on the moon had Scottish ancestry. Another astronaut on that flight with Armstrong with
Scottish ancestry was Edwin Aldrin. On a subsequent trip Alan Bean
brought the MacBain tartan to the moon and in 1991 Jerry Ross wore a
Clan Ross tartan patch into space. Astronaut Navy Captain Laurel Clark
was an avid Scot descendant who died when the Columbia spacecraft broke
up on its return flight. She had arranged with NASA to have “The Black
Bear” and “Amazing Grace” recoded by The Black Watch Pipe Band played as
a morning wake-up music during Columbia’s flight. As my children said: “How cool is all that!”
Scottish Explorers and Fur
Read about how Scots dominated the Fur trade and by so doing opened up
Canada and the West.
Scotland and the
Read about the Scots and their ties with
Historians and the
Read about Scottish American connections.
The Scot in British North
This is a 4 volume set about the Scots in Canada and the great part
they played in its creation.
Scotland, a wee country wi' a BIG impact on the World
This is a 45 minute Real Audio production
telling folk about Scots that made an impact on the World.
There are 158 Scottish-born Victoria Cross recipients
Learn about Scots connections around the world