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William Lawson

Also Known As: "A Scottish Rebel"
Birthdate: (94)
Birthplace: Montrose, Angus, Scotland
Death: Died in Snowflake, Scott, Virginia, United States
Cause of death: Old Age
Place of Burial: Snowflake, Scott, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Rebecca ? (?)Lawson and Rebecca Lawson
Father of Travis Lawson; William Lawson, II; Betsy Ann Canterbury; Sally Wood; Rev. Jeremiah Lawson and 9 others

Occupation: Farmer
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About William "the Scottish Rebel" Lawson

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA with the rank of SERGEANT. DAR Ancestor #: A067400

William Lawson was born June 26, 1731 at Montrose, Scotland. He is the only son of a widow lady, no information is available on his father, however, it is assumed that he was killed in the Culloden Battle. William was one of the rebels arrested and confined at Chester and Carlisle after the battle. The Scottish rebels became a threat to the the English crown, and on September 26, 1746 an agreement was signed with the English Treasury to transport the prisoners to the plantations (American Colonies) at the rate of 5 pounds per head. The “Gildart” departed from England on May 5, 1747 and arrived August 5, 1747 at Port North, Potomac, Maryland with a William Lawson on the passenger list.

William, “The Apprentice”

William Lawson was bound over to a planter by the Captain of the ship for a good sum in tobacco. The people did not treat well, and after a while William ran away. Sometime in the 1750′s William met and married a Rebecca ?, in the 1858 Halifax County, Virginia marriage register there is a William Lawson to a Jane Banks. If this is our William she is probably Rebecca Jane Banks.

William, “The Revolutionary”

William never realized that one day he would be facing the British army again, but this time, in a new and different land. William swore allegiance to the State of Virginia and the American cause, as noted in the Montgomery County Court Book “Revolutionary War” page 145-148 filed at the courthouse in Christianburg, Virginia. although almost fifty years old he served as a member of the Captain Daniel Trigg’s Company of Montgomery County militia. There were only two William Lawson’s to serve in the revolutionary war and they were father and son.


  • parents: Father: ? Lawson b: ABT. 1705 in Montrose, Scotland & Rebecca b: ABT. 1709 in Montrose, Scotland


  1. Rebecca b: ABT. 1735 in North Carolina Married: 1758 in Halifax County, Virginia

I am Bill Porter, author of the book “William Lawson, A Scottish Rebel”. As for as we know all children were born in NC. There is no proof that Catherine was a daughter and we had to delete Robert as a son. However, we do know the following are the children:

  1. Anne Lawson born abt 1760 NC married Thomas Mallett. Moved to KY
  2. William Lawson born ca 1763 married Nancy Baker. Stayed in Scott County, VA.
  3. Travis Lawson born ca 1766 married Maysie Simpkins. Moved to Ky
  4. Betsy Ann Lawson born 1768 married William Canterbury. Moved to TN.
  5. Sarah “Sally” Lawson born 1770 married Henry Wood. Stayed in Scott County, VA.
  6. Rev. Jeremiah Lawson b.orn 1773 married (1) Matilda Higgins (2) Hannah Chanslor. He helped pioneer the Methodist movement in wilderness KY, MO & OH. His brother, William, was a Methodist Minister in Scott County and the Wood family were Methodists also.



ID: I608702050

Name: William, Sr. LAWSON

Given Name: William, Sr.

Surname: Lawson

Sex: M

Birth: 1731 in Montrose, Scotland

Death: in Scot County, Virginia

Change Date: 31 May 2005

Marriage 1 Rebecca TRAVIS

Note: _UID04007157B5B6574F97B0E41D0AB29EE76626


William LAWSON b: Abt. 1745

See: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=patti-lawson&id=I00086

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William "the Scottish Rebel" Lawson's Timeline

June 26, 1731
Montrose, Angus, Scotland
Age 31
Age 34
North Carolina
September 20, 1768
Age 37
North Carolina
Age 36
December 26, 1770
Age 39