Kinsearching July 8, 2007




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

     In 2005 Clearfield Company launched a new series, SCOTTISH HIGHLANDERS ON THE EVE OF THE GREAT MIGRATION, 1725 - 1775, by David Dobson. Many genealogists will be glad to learn that another addition, THE PEOPLE OF INVERNESS-SHIRE, is now available.

     Volume Three in the series attempts to identify inhabitants in the county of Inverness, the origin of many of the pioneers who settled in colonial Georgia, Pennsylvania, upper New York, Jamaica, and the Canadian Maritimes during the Great Migration. Inverness-shire is also the county where Fraser's Highlanders regiment, which played a prominent part in the French and Indian War (1754 - 1763), was raised. After that war, many of the soldiers chose to remain in North America.

     In this volume Dobson pulls together references to more than 2,100 people. Since information about each person varies, the only available details for some individuals are the Highlander's name, a location (for instance, place of birth, residence, or cemetery where buried), a date, and the source of the data. In some cases, facts may also include the names of relatives or the vessel on which he or she sailed to America. Among the most common surnames appearing in the records are FRASER, GRANT, MCDONALD, and MCLEOD. Some of the more uncommon surnames are DALLAS, FALCONER, GLASS, GOW, HOSSACK, MCWIRRICH, TOLMIE, and WEDDERBURN. SCOTTISH HIGHLANDERS ON THE EVE OF THE GREAT MIGRATION, 1725 - 1775: THE PEOPLE OF INVERNESS-SHIRE is another valuable addition to the field of Celtic genealogical references.

     The 169-page paperback has an introduction, illustrations, and a key to sources. Names of main individuals are arranged alphabetically. Because some entries mention other people, such as relatives or employer, an index to their names would be helpful.

     THE PEOPLE OF INVERNESS - SHIRE (item order #9814) costs $21.50. To the book's price, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $4 for one book and $2.00 for each additional copy; for UPS, the cost is $6 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. Both volumes 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

     For information about the first two volumes in the series, see Kinsearching dated 3 September 2006. For more data regarding the Great Migration, Google "Highland Clearances" and read about them in "Wikipedia," the free online encyclopedia. It is usually the first entry on the Google list.

     Sheep and cattle are, of course, associated with the Scottish Highlands. Since they were an important part of the economy, the theft of livestock was a serious offense. The same was true in England. This interesting item can be found in the newspaper Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle, London, England, 30 September 1829, p. 1, c. 4: "...on Tuesday, Richard DENNINGTON, William NEVETT, and William WILLIAMS were found guilty of stealing thirty sheep, the property of Mr. THOMPSON, which they took from the 'Pens,' Back-road, Islington, on the night of the 3rd of August."

     If your French ancestors fought in the French and Indian War, you may want to check out the "1755 - The French and Indian War" web page. Like many members of the Scottish regiments such as Fraser's Highlanders, many French soldiers remained after the war in North America where they married Canadian women. The website's list of the names of French soldiers is periodically updated as new information about participants is discovered. Each month the website also highlights a specific document (for example, a list of the dead and wounded in July of 1758 and an inventory of new settlers in Trois Rivieres). The web page can be found at

     If you are interested in learning more about the French and Indian War, you can Google it and read its history in the online Wikipedia.

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