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     Numerous family researchers seeking Celtic ancestors from the British Isles are familiar with books by prolific author, David Dobson. From 1983 to 1993, he compiled seven volumes for the series, DIRECTORY OF SCOTTISH SETTLERS OF NORTH AMERICA, 1625-1825, which were printed by the well-known Genealogical Publishing Company of Baltimore. Based on a wide range of primary and secondary sources, the series was believed to have been completed. So the author turned his attention toward works emphasizing Scots in specific regions of the Americas or related topics, such as the ships carrying the immigrants.

     Dobson, however, continued to be on the “look out” for genealogical gems as he combed through often obscure materials in various countries. By delving into original and published works in Canada, Jamaica, Scotland, and the United States, he culled enough data to warrant the publication of VOLUME VIII of the series.

     Following the format of the earlier volumes, Dobson provides the name of the individual man or woman, a date, a place of immigration or residence, and the source citation. The entries for Donald (Jr. and Sr.), George, Jane, John, Neil, William, and Hugh MCLEOD, for example, state they settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick, in 1804.

     Other details vary from person to person, but facts may include occupation; military service; the name or names of relatives, particularly a spouse, children, or parent; or miscellaneous information. For instance, the entries for Barbara and Margaret KEITH explain they were indentured servants who settled at Powell Creek, Virginia, in 1650.

     The names of the main persons are arranged alphabetically. An index or cross-reference to other people mentioned in the entries’ text would be helpful since their connection to the principal person may otherwise be overlooked. Researchers interested in the Anderson family, for example, may not realize Margaret ANDERSON of Scotland was the sister of Robert MANDERS of Dunbarton, who was bound for the West Indies in 1623. Persons tracing the Stevenson line may miss the fact that maiden name of Agnes, wife of immigrant John MAYBOLE of Jedburgh, was STEVENSON.

     Dobson’s latest book furnishes more than 1,000 additional references to early Scots in North America, many of which were previously unknown. Genealogists who are trying to discover details about their immigrant forebears from Scotland will surely want to see what valuable information DIRECTORY OF SCOTTISH SETTLERS OF NORTH AMERICA, 1625-1825, VOLUME VIII may offer them.

     The 114-page book has soft covers, an introduction, a list of references consulted by the author, and two and one-half pages concerning more Scottish shipping links, but no index. To the book’s price of $17.50, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $5.50 for one book and $2.50 for each additional copy; for UPS, the cost is $7.50 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order #1463) may be purchased by check, MasterCard, or Visa from Clearfield Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211 (for phone orders, call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website

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