Category Archives: Scotland

Who’s Like the Scots?

“The average Englishman, in his home he calls his castle, puts on his national costume – A shabby Raincoat patented by Charles MacIntosh of Glasgow, Scotland. “He drives a car fitted with tires invented by John Boyd Dunlop of Dreghorn, … Continue reading

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Kilmartin Glen, Site of Ancient Ancestors

In Western Scotland, on our way to the isle of Skye, my siblings and I visited Kilmartin, a small village in Argyll and Bute where some of our ancestors came from. It has one of the richest concentrations of prehistoric … Continue reading

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Scottish Remained Clannish in America for Generations

How accurate are geneological records on Ancestry.com? I had assumed the Buies were genetically isolated for hundreds of years on the Isle of Jura, Scotland. But Ancestry.com suggests they may have only inhabited Jura for only a few generations. My … Continue reading

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‘The Crofter and the Laird’ By John McPhee

I’d really like to read this book, “The Crofter and the Laird,” by John McPhee, as my own heritage in the Scottish Hebrides is similar to McPhee’s. We are both descended from ancient Celtic tribes that inhabited that region. In … Continue reading

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Origin of Family Names in Scotland, Particularly “Buidhe,” or Buie

http://forebears.io/surnames/buie#meaning About 7500 Buies in the world, according to this site. All but 700 are in the US, and almost half the rest are in Canada. No idea how Romania got in there — Jim? 300 years ago, all Buies … Continue reading

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Farewell to Jura, Scotland, My Ancestral Homeland

From Jura Lives: https://soundcloud.com/juralives/farewell-to-jura

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Why Did Scots Who Emigrated to America Support the British Crown in the War for Independence?

I had Scottish ancestors who fought on the losing side in three consecutive wars over 120 years. In 1745, they were Jacobite supporters of Bonnie Prince Charlie, to overthrow the House of Hanover, restore the Stuart dynasty to the British … Continue reading

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