"Scots for Sale"
I'm very pleased to have found your group, because I'm writing a
book, "Scots for Sale," about the Scots who were exiled to New
England by Oliver Cromwell in the 1600s. I am a Massachusetts
historian and lawyer, and I have spent years studying the Battles of
Dunbar and Worcester and tracing the fate of the Scots prisoners.
My article, "Scots for Sale: The Fate of the Scottish Prisoners in
Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts," was published last January in
the Winter 2003 issue of "New England Ancestors" magazine, with an
expanded version posted online at the New England Historic
Genealogical Society website, www.NewEnglandAncestors.org. I also
presented a paper, "Scottish Slavery in Seventeenth-Century New
England," at the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife last June
in Deerfield, Massachusetts.
If any of you live in or near Massachusetts, you may be interested
in attending one of several free talks I'll be giving on the
subject: on November 9, 3:00 PM, with the Lancaster Historical
Society in the Red Room of the Thayer Performing Arts Center,
Atlantic Union College, 438 Main Street, South Lancaster,
Massachusetts; on November 16, 3:00 PM, with the Wayland and Sudbury
Historical Societies at First Parish Unitarian Church, intersection
of Routes 20, 27 and 126, Wayland, Massachusetts; and May 19, 10:00
AM, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury
Street, Boston, Massachusetts.
My research is continuing, and I look forward to reading the
archived messages in this group, because I'm sure that many of you
have information that will help me in writing my "Scots for Sale"
book. I am also working on another book, to be published by the
New England Historic Genealogical Society, entitled "New England
Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians."
As you may know, court records are a valuable source of information
about the Scottish war prisoners.