Kinsearching February 14, 2010




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     During the eighteenth century, descendants of primarily Lowland Scots in Ulster (Northern Ireland) moved in significant numbers across the Atlantic. These Scots-Irish, also known as Scotch-Irish in what became the United States, played an important part in the growth of colonial America. Many Americans today claim these hardy pioneers among their forebears. To help genealogists who want connect their ancestors to Ulster and then to Scotland, David Dobson has completed SCOTS-IRISH LINKS, 1575 - 1725, PART SEVEN.

     Continuing to inspect a variety of records, Dobson has again culled information from primary and secondary materials, most of which he had not previously examined. For this latest installment in his series, he accumulated data from primary resources in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in Belfast and in the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh. He then supplemented his findings with research in secondary sources in the Linen Hall Library in Belfast and in the library of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Information also came from the series, Executive Journals of Virginia.

     Details vary about individuals, but most entries give the name of the man or woman, place of residence, occupation, a date, and the source citation. Data on John BLACKWOOD, for instance, states the following: "born 1591, a merchant and Provost of Bangor, died 22 May 1663." Some entries provide additional facts like the names of family members. For example, the record for Helen FARRIE in 1714 states she was the "daughter of James Farrie a bailie of Glasgow, and spouse of John Martin, minister at Ballintoy, Ireland."

     Names of approximately 1,500 individuals appear in Dobson's latest compilation. Some recurring surnames are ADAIR, AGNEW, BOYD, CAMPBELL, CLELAND, CRAWFORD, CUNNINGHAM, DUNBAR, GALBRAITH/GALBREATH, HAMILTON, MAXWELL, MONTGOMERIE/MONTGOMERY, SCOTT, SHAW, STEWART/STUART, THOMPSON/THOMSON, and WALLACE. Family researchers who want to follow the paths of their ancestors from America to Ulster and then to Scotland may find valuable clues in SCOTS-IRISH LINKS, 1575 - 1725, PART SEVEN.

     Like earlier volumes in the series, the 116-page paperback reproduces a partial map of Northern Ireland for its attractive front cover. Dobson's publication has a brief introduction and a list of references consulted by the author. Names of main entries are arranged alphabetically. To the book's price of $18.50, 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 FedEx ground service, the cost is $7.50 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order 9904) may be purchased by check, money order, 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

     A photograph with a label attached to the back that states: "Joshua William WHITE, Sept. 16, 1998, 9 1/2 months old" was found after a pile of books had been moved. It is uncertain which book it was in or where the book came from. It may have been been in a book purchased several years ago at a library sale, perhaps in Lubbock, TX. If a family member would like to have the photograph, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope so it can be mailed to you.

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