Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607–1785

David Dobson

"Solidly researched and well-written."—Eighteenth-Century Scotland


"A useful survey that undoubtedly will be the standard work on the subject for a good while to come."
North Carolina Historical Review

"A brief but impressive piece of scholarship that is particularly valuable for its incorporation of Canada and the West Indies into the discussion of the Scottish presence in America."
Georgia Historical Quarterly

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Before 1650, only a few hundred Scots had trickled into the American colonies, but by the early 1770s the number had risen to 10,000 per year. A conservative estimate of the total number of Scots who settled in North America prior to 1785 is around 150,000.

Who were these Scots? What did they do? Where did they settle? What factors motivated their emigration? Dobson's work, based on original research on both sides of the Atlantic, comprehensively identifies the Scottish contribution to the settlement of North America prior to 1785, with particular emphasis on the seventeenth century.

Page count: 280 pp.
1 b&w photo, 1 table
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5


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David Dobson is an honorary research fellow at the University of St. Andrews and an honorary post doctoral fellow of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests are mainly Scottish emigration and maritime Scotland between 1600 and 1800. He is the author of Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607-1785 (Georgia), Scottish Trade with Colonial Charleston, 1683 -1783, and many additional volumes on Scottish emigration overseas in the early modern period.