Prisoner Profiles: Dunbar

The Scottish prisoners found on this website are prisoners of war from two battles of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, the first, in Scotland in 1650 and, the second, in England in 1651.


On 03 Sep 1650, the BATTLE OF DUNBAR, took place at Dunbar, Scotland and resulted in many Scottish prisoners of war being marched to Durham Cathedral where they were kept before being moved on to other places. Out of the thousands in Durham only about 150 were sent to the Massachusetts Bay Colony via the ship, Unity. A passenger list for the ship Unity has yet to be found.

On this site a list has been compiled with over 180 suggested names of men found in New England who appear to fit the criteria of a Scottish prisoner of war. View the documentation and explore the links below to see if your ancestor may be on the list.

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