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Scottish Ancestor - Emigrant to the American Colonies, Canada and Jamaica

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  • John Houston (1690 - 1754)
    another source claimed birthdate as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The following is copied from a manuscript found among the papers of Rev. Samuel Houston, of Rockbridge County, Va, the father of the write...
  • Margaret Mary Houston (1690 - 1754)
    Notes* Margaret Cunningham (daughter of Hugh Cunningham)167 was born 1703 in Ireland1 ( Father: Robert CUNNINGHAM b: 2 MAY 1656 in Kilbarchan,Renfrew,Scotland Mother: Jean ANDERSON b: 22 FEB 1661 in Ki...
  • John Clendenin (1704 - 1797)
    two johns merged? in THE LUSH FAMILY HISTORY === GEDCOM Source ===@R1403513431@ U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current Operations, Inc. 1,60525::0 1,60525::107817585
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    Andrew Stewart, Sr. (1633 - bef.1696)
    Biography Andrew Stuart was born and baptized on December 25, 1633 in Gargunnock, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom, Virginia . His parents were Patrick Stewart and Jonet Galbreath . Andrew marrie...
  • Janet Burnside (c.1695 - 1777)
    Biography== Janet Lindsey was born circa 1695 in Ayshire, Scotland (United Kingdom). Her parents were James Lindsay and Martha Lindsey . Janet married Robert Byrnside . Together they had the following ...

Highlanders and Lowlanders

The Scots are not to be confused with the Scotch-Irish, who were Ulster Irish and emigrated from Ireland Scotch-Irish Americans and not in not this Project - We are tracing our ancestors who were born in Scotland and emigrated directly from Scotland to the American Colonies, Canada, and Jamaica.

Large-scale emigration from Scotland to America began in the 1700s after the Battle of Culloden where the Clan structures were broken up and because of the Highland Clearances. The Scots went in search of a better life and settled in the thirteen colonies, chose South Carolina and Virginia.

Trade links were established between Glasgow and Virginia where Virginian tobacco was traded with Scottish manufactured goods, ideas, and immigrants.

Along came the War of Independence, nineteen out of the fifty-six delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence were Scottish. The Scotch-Irish Immigrated from Ireland, not this project, they immigrated from Ireland.

Most Scots had allegiances to the old Clans or commercial ties with Scotland and therefore supported the Crown. However, some Highland communities of Upstate New York and North Carolina were centers of Loyalist resistance. Some Loyalist Highlanders were defeated at the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge in 1776.

Highlanders of Scotland Highlanders of Western Scotland and the adjacent islands were of Celtic origin and the Gaels of the Highland clans were original of the same Celtic stock as that of the native Irish prior to being conquered by England. The term "Scots" is in direct reference to the Highlanders and not to the whole of Scotland

The Highland Council is the administrative body for much of the Highlands, with its administrative center at Inverness. However, the Highlands also includes parts of the council areas of Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Moray, North Ayrshire, Perth and Kinross, Stirling and West Dunbartonshire. Scottish Highlands []

Lowlanders of Scotland

The Scottish Lowlands are made up of the southern portion of Scotland, the central region, the eastern coast, and most of the northeastern coast. The bulk of Scotland's population (about 80 percent) lives in the Lowlands, particularly in the urban and industrial areas around such major cities as Glasgow and Aberdeen, as well as in the capital city of Edinburgh. Taken as a whole, the Lowlands comprise some 48,648 square kilometers in land area and have a population in excess of 5 million. The climate is generally cool and wet, but there is variation across the region. There are few thunderstorms and little fog. Days are long in summer, short in winter. Lowland Scots

For other purposes, the boundary varies; but if the Boundary Fault is used, then the traditional Scottish counties entirely in the Lowlands are Ayrshire, Berwickshire, Clackmannanshire, Dumfriesshire, East Lothian,[2] Fife, Kinross-shire, Kirkcudbrightshire, Lanarkshire, Midlothian,[3] Peeblesshire, Renfrewshire, Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire, West Lothian[4] and Wigtownshire. []