Formation of Lineage Society for Descendants of the Saugus Scots
- Lineage Society for Descendants of the Scots at Saugus to Form
An organizational meeting for descendants of the Scots indentured at
the Saugus Iron Works in 1650 and 1651 will be held at the Iron
Works on Sunday July 18, 2004. Membership in the new lineage-based
society is open to anyone that can prove their relationship to a
documented Scottish ancestor that was captured at the Battle of
Dunbar in 1650 or the Battle of Worcester in 1651 and indentured to
the London based Compny of Undertakers.
The move to form the society is an outgrowth of the 350th
anniversary of the Battle of Dunbar on September 3, 2000 as marked
at the Saugus Iron Works. This anniversary focused attention on the
plight of the prisoners indentured to the iron works and the
subsequent contributions to early New England society.
Clan Dunbar was fortunate to have an ancestor, Robert Dunbar, that
survived the Rout of Dunbar and was sent to Saugus to provide cheap
labor for the first successful fully integrated iron works in the
early colonies. After his indenture he settled in Hingham,
Massachusetts were he was reported as the third wealthiest citizen
in the town.
Robert Dunbar's most prominent descendant is probably Henry David
Thoreau, the well known writer and member of the Transcendentalist
movement. Thoreau's mother was Cynthia Dunbar, daughter of Asa and
Mary (Jones) Dunbar of New Hampshire.
The organizational meeting will begin at 1:00 pm at the Saugus Iron
Works National Historic Site, 244 Central Street, Saugus, MA 01906.
Admission to the site is free and it is handicapped accessible.
Anyone wishing to attend is encouraged to arrive early and tour the
site. Picnic facilities are also available. For further information
contact Bill Budde, 177 Old Mill Road, East Arlington, VT 05252-
9777; bbudde@...; 802-375-9296.
Drawing of the early Iron Works site is courtesy of the Saugus Iron