Books: Historical (Non-Fiction)

Books (ordered by author):

Anderson, William (1862). The Scottish Nation; or, the Surnames, Families, Literature, Honours, and Biographical History of the People of Scotland. (Edinburgh: A. Fullarton & Co., 1862-1878). Multiple Volumes.
Free digital book at: Archive.org. (Vol. II, DAL-MAC)

Banks, Charles. The History of Martha’s Vineyard:, Volume III Family Genealogies:  pp. 80-87. (James Claghorn/Cleghorn).
Free digital book at: History.Vineyard.Net.

Bean, Bernie, 1906-. The life and family of John Bean of Exeter and his cousins, (Seattle : John Bean of Exeter Family Association, 1970).
Available online at: Archive.org. (Can be borrowed digitally for 14 days.)

Bisset, Andrew, Omitted Chapters of the History of England From The Death of Charles I. to the Battle of Dunbar, (LONDON: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1864). Includes a very complete description of the events leading up to and including the Battle of Dunbar and treatment of the Scottish prisoners.
Free digital book at: Google Books

Black, George Fraser, 1866-1948. The Surnames of Scotland, Their Origin Meaning and History, (New York : New York Public Library & Readex Books, 1962), First published in 1946.
Read Online for Free: HathiTrust.

Bodge, George Madison, Soldiers in King Philip’s war: being a critical account of that war, with a concise history of the Indian wars of New England from 1620-1677, official lists of the soldiers of Massachusetts colony serving in Philip’s war, and sketches of the principal officers, (Boston: Rockwell and Churchill Press: 1896).
Free digital book at: Archive.org.

Bourne, E. E.. The History of Wells and Kennebunk, (Portland, Maine: B. Thurston & Co., 1875), (Henry Brown and James Orr pp. 116-118.)
Free digital book at: Archive.org.

Caldwell, Augustin (Eliot, Maine 1897) Old Eliot: A Monthly Magazine of the History and Biography of the Upper Parish of Kittery, now Eliot  (Searchable for your SPOW ancestors in Kittery!)
Free digital book at: Archive.org.

Cone, Joseph. A Man Named Daniel: The Remarkable Life of Daniel Cone, (Create Space Independent Publishing, 2010) Paperback – April 25, 2010
Available to purchase online at: Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Cone, William Whitney. Some Account of the Cone Family in America: Principally of the Descendants of Daniel Cone, Who Settled in Haddam, Connecticut, in 1662, (Topeka, Kansas: Crane and Company, 1903)
Available to purchase online at: Google Books.

Cutter, William Richard. Genealogical and Family History of Northern New York: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 1,  (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1910), (James Claghorn/Cleghorn, pages 350-351.)
Free digital book at: Google Books.

Dobson, David. Directory of Scots Banished to the American Plantations, 1650-1775. 2nd Edition, (Clearfield Publishers, 8 September 2010)
Available to purchase online at: Amazon and Google Books.

Dobson, David. Directory Of Scottish Settlers In North America, 1625-1825. Volume I, (Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 2011) 282 pages.
Available to purchase online at: Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Dobson, David. Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607-1785, (Athens, Georgia: Georgia University Press, 1994; paperback version 2004).
Available to purchase online at: Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
Read online for free at: Google Books

Douglas, William Scott. Cromwell’s Scotch Campaigns: 1650-51. (Scotland: E. Stock, 1898)
Free digital book at: Google Books.

Furgol, E. M. A Regimental History of the Covenanting Armies, 1639-1651, (Edinburgh, 1990) “This book covers Scots Regiments (Horse & Foot) of the period. Gives background on which shires regiments were recruited, areas and battles where they served and fought. Many were destroyed at Dunbar and Worcester. Listings incl., officers-Col,Lt Col., Maj, as well as ‘ministers’. I found officers of my family and discovered what life was like in this era. I requested it from my local county library, who pulled it from U of Nevada.~ Bruce Rutherford
Available to purchase online at: Oxford Academic Journal of Church & State.

Gardner, Carol. The Involuntary American, A Scottish Prisoner’s Journey to the New World, (Pennsylvania: Westholme Publishing, December 20, 2018), 232 pages.
Available to purchase online at: Barnes and Noble and Amazon

Gerrard, Christopher (Author); Pam Graves (Author); Andrew Millard (Author); Richard Annis (Author); Anwen Caffell (Author), Lost Lives, New Voices: Unlocking the Stories of the Scottish Soldiers at the Battle of Dunbar 1650, (England: Oxbow Books, 2018) 384 pages. “A book documenting the archaeology of the discovery, the process of analysis, and the history of the Scottish soldiers, including stories of the survivors…” ~ The Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project Team & Exhibition Curatorial Team.
Available to purchase online at: Barnes and Noble and Amazon

Grant, Sir Francis James, Rothesay Herald and Lyon Clerk. Scottish Record Society, The Commissariot of Edinburgh: Consistorial Processes and Decreets, 1658-1800, (Edinburgh: The Society by James Skinner & Company, 1909)
Free digital book at: Archive.org.

Grant, Sir Francis James, Rothesay Herald and Lyon Clerk. Scottish Record Society,
The Register of Apprentices of the City of Edinburgh 1583-1666
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 (Edinburgh: The Society by James Skinner & Company, 1906)
Free digital book at: Google Books.

Hamilton, Marsha L.. Social and Economic Networks in Early Massachusetts: Atlantic Connections(University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University, 2009)
Available to purchase online at: Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Hartley, Edward N. Ironworks on the Saugus: The Lynn and Braintree Ventures of the Company of Undertakers, (Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, September 1990)
Available to purchase online at: Amazon.

Hoffman, Sara Robbins. The Exile of Daniel Robins to America in 1652  (Dewey, AZ: Sara Robbins Hoffman, 1992)
Available online at: Google Books.

Johnston, Arran. Essential Agony: The Battle of Dunbar 1650 (Century of the Soldier) (Warwick, ENGLAND: Helion and Company, 2019)
Available to purchase online at: Walmart and Amazon

Martin, Lou Ella Johnson and William Albert Martin. George Darling of Lynn and Marblehead and Some of His Descendants, 1650-1920 (Massachusetts: Creative Continuum, 2001)
Available to purchase online at: Amazon.

Maxwell, Ian. Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors, A Guide for Family Historians, (South Yorkshire, England, Penn & Sword Family History, Second Edition 2013).
Available to purchase online at: Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Merrow, Oscar Earl. Henry Merrow of Reading, Massachusetts (Winchester, MA: 1954) Read Online for Free: HathiTrust.

McIntire, R.H. Descendants of Micum McIntire A Scottish Highlander Deported By Cromwell and Settled at York Maine About 1668 (1940) (Available at the NEHGS in Boston.)
Available to purchase online at: Amazon.

McIntire, Robert Harry. Descendants of Philip McIntire,: A Scottish Highlander who was deported by Oliver Cromwell following the battle of Dunbar, September 3, 1650, and settled at Reading, Mass., about 1660 (1941)
Available to purchase online at: Amazon.

Reid, Stuart. Dunbar 1650: Cromwell’s most famous victory (Oxford, England: Osprey Publishing, 2004)
Available to purchase online at: Amazon.

Reese, Peter. Cromwell’s Masterstroke: Dunbar 1650 (Pen and Sword, 1 Oct 2014)
Available to purchase online at: Barnes and Noble and Amazon

Scots Charitable Society, ed., The Constitution and By-laws, of the Scots Charitable Society of Boston, (Boston: Farrington Printing Co., 1896).
Available to purchase online at: Amazon.

Seybolt, Robert Francis, The Town Officials of Colonial Boston, 1634-1775, (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1939), 434 pages.
Available to purchase online at: Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Stackpole, Everett Schermerhorn (1850-1927) and Lucien Thompson. History of the town of Durham, New Hampshire (Oyster River Plantation) with Genealogical Notes, (Durham, New Hampshire: Town of Durham, 1913).
(Note: Vol. 1 by Everett S. Stackpole and Lucien Thompson: v. 2 by Everett S. Stackpole and Winthrop S. Meserve.)
Available to purchase online at: Amazon.

Tepper, Michael. New World Immigrants, A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists and Associated. (Contains chapter by Charles Edward Banks “Scotch Prisoners Deported to New England by Cromwell, 1651-1652”)
Available to purchase online at: Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Thompson, Roger. From Deference to Defiance, Charlestown, Massachusetts 1629-1692. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012) (Several Scottish prisoners of war are mentioned including Alexander Stewart, Alexander Bow, Edward Wyer and John Hamilton.)
Available to purchase online at: Amazon.

Webb, Simon. The Dunbar Martyrs: Scottish Prisoners of War in Durham Cathedral, 1650, (The Langley Press, May 30, 2017). (Amazon, Kindle Edition)
Available to purchase online (or free Kindle version) at: Amazon.

Whitelock, Bulstrode. Memorials of the English affairs from the beginning of the reign of Charles the First to the happy restoration of King Charles the Second Volume III of an edition printed in 1853 – starts in March 1649 following the king’s execution, and continues up to March 1653, so taking in the Third Civil War and the battles at Dunbar and Worcester.  Whitelock was an official of the Commonwealth, and compiled these notes after the Restoration.  First published in 1682 after his death, so not a completely contemporary source.
Free digital book at: Archive.org.

Wood, Nathan, The History of the First Baptist Church of Boston (1665-1899), (Boston, Massachusetts: American Baptist Publications Society, 1899), 456 pages.
Available to purchase online at: Amazon. (Hercules Corser, page 132)

Woodbury, C. J. H.; Hayes, Elihu B.; Hudson, John Elbridge, The Saugus Iron Works at Lynn, Mass.: Addresses at the Presentation to the City of Lynn of the First Casting Made in America, (Lynn, Mass: Press of Thos. P. Nichols, 1892)
Free digital book at: Archive.org.

Books for Kids:

Clarke, Mary Stetson. Iron in Colonial Times (Eastern National Park and Monument Association, January 1, 1981) This is a children’s activity guide for grades 4-6. “Covers the manufacture of iron, the life of ironworkers, and the use of iron implements in colonial times and includes a variety of related activities and a mystery story.”
Available to purchase online at: Amazon.

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Published: 15 Jan 2015
Updated: 18 Jan 2022