The Scot in North Ireland, North Britain, and North America

Among’s new records is the book, The Scotch-Irish, or The Scot in North Ireland, North Britain, and North America.

Written by Charles A. Hanna and published in 1902, the book fills nearly 1300 pages in two volumes. The tome “outlines the most noteworthy events of Scottish history… (and)… mentions many prominent Scots-Irish individuals in the revolutionary war and other parts of American history, as well as lengthy discussions of the Great Plantation of Ulster.”

One must browse from image to image, but the index at the end of Volume 2 is helpful to target names of individuals/places. (It’s mind-boggling to imagine the number of man-hours required to produce such a detailed index in the days before computers.)

I found my Scots-Irish surname “McIlvaine” in the index although ’twas not my ancestor:

Charles Pettit McIlvaine, perhaps the ablest bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church in America, and certainly one of the most profound educators on this continent, was a Scotchman by descent.

Much of the book’s extensive history predates my ancestors’ arrival in America in 1800, but it appears to be an excellent resource for both facts and historical perspective.

While browsing, I ran across interesting tidbits. From the section titled “Family Names in Scotland”:

…the Guthries were so called from the homely origin of gutting three haddocks for King David the Second’s entertainment when he landed very hungry on the Brae of Bervie from his French voyage.  In honor of the loyal hospitality of his entertainer, the monarch became poetical and pronounced,

“Gut three

Thy name shall be.”

The book’s content is as varied as “American ideals more Scottish than English,” “Notes on the genealogies of the Presidents,” and “Early Presbyterian congregations in Ireland.”

Thanks to Claire Santry for posting about this Ancestry update.


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