Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607-1785

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $20.59
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 20%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (8) from $20.59   
  • New (4) from $25.36   
  • Used (4) from $20.59   


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.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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

"Dobson . . . seems to have visited most of the major local and national archives on both sides of the Atlantic and to have compiled a vaster array of published materials about Scottish migrants to the Americas than any previous writer."--William and Mary Quarterly

"Dobson gathers widely scattered sources and from them weaves a highly informative narrative that addresses the motives of the emigrants, their patterns of settlement, and the contributions they made to colonial society.”--Journal of the Early Republic

"A useful source of background information that will aid genealogists in interpreting their documents and placing the information they use in proper historical perspective. It is recommended for all who are interested in colonial-American immigration patterns."--National Genealogical Society Quarterly

“Can be commended for complementing the few historical studies on the interrelation of Scotland and colonial America that are available, and for enhancing academic interest in a field of research that, indeed, has not received the attention it deserves."--Scottish Studies Newsletter

"A good reference for and point of entry to the processes and nature of Scottish emigration to North America; for the genealogist, it provides clues to the origins of immigrant ancestors.”--New England Historical and Genealogical Register

"Solidly researched and well-written . . . Will undoubtedly pave the way for future research, and should be an invaluable source for historians and genealogists alike."--Eighteenth-Century Scotland

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820326436
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 9/6/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 892,768
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The emigrant tradition (1607-60) 9
Ch. 2 The American apprenticeship (1660-1707) 38
Ch. 3 Transatlantic opportunities (1707-63) 81
Ch. 4 Scottish America (1763-85) 135
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)