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The Scottish Prisoners of 1650 – Old Berwick Historical Society
Following the Trail of the 1650 Scottish Prisoners – Old Berwick Historical Society
British Convicts Shipped to American Colonies from the American Historical Review
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Oct. 1896), pp 12‑33.

Durham University:
14 December 2017
Department of Archaeology, Scottish Soldiers Project:
New image brings people face to face with Seventeenth Century Scottish Soldier!
“The face of one of the Seventeenth Century Scottish soldiers who was imprisoned and died in Durham following the Battle of Dunbar in 1650 has been revealed through a remarkable new digital reconstruction. The images and video have been created from the skull of one of the skeletons, found in Durham in November 2013. Following the discovery in 2013 Durham University has continued to conduct research on the remains, using a host of modern archaeological techniques to learn as much as possible about these individuals. To complement this work the university asked experts at Face Lab, based at Liverpool John Moores University, to create a digital reconstruction of one of the skulls.”

Archaeology Magazine:
May/June 2017
After the Battle, By Daniel Weiss. “The defeat of a Scottish army at the 1650 Battle of Dunbar was just the beginning of an epic ordeal for the survivors.”

The Boston Globe:
13 January 2017
Mystery solved: The Scottish soldiers who came to Saugus in 1650 and those they left behind
A newspaper article addressing the work accomplished by Durham University Archeology Department and their recent presentation at Saugus Public Library.

CBS News:
23 May 2016
Mysterious mass graves hold prisoners of 17th century battle
Lindsay Dodgson at LIVESCIENCE.COM reports on the excavation at the Durham University’s Palace Green Library.

International Business Times:
03 September 2015
Battle of Dunbar: Remains of lost Scottish soldiers identified in Durham mass grave. By Hannah Osborne

BBC News:
02 September 2015
BBC News, Tyne and Wear, EnglandDurham Palace Green remains were Scottish prisoners uncredited

The Daily Mail:
02 September 2015
Tragedy of the Civil War’s child soldiers: Durham mass grave holds remains of 17th century Scottish prisoners of war who were as young as 13 years old By Rachel Reilly

The Northern Echo:
02 September 2015
Durham mass grave bodies are Scottish soldiers taken prisoner at one of the 17th Century’s most brutal and bloody battles By Gavin Engelbrecht

Video & Audio

YouTube Audio: Indentured Labour
29 December 2018
Wikipedia audio article from wikipedia tts

The In-Depth Genealogist YouTube Channel:
4 June 2018
Cheri Hudson Passey and her guest panel discuss the episode of Who Do You Think You Are? which features Dunbar Prisoner of War descendent, Jon Cryer.
They also speak of the recent Durham University Scottish Soldiers Project and Saugus Ironworks. One of the guest panel, Christine Woodcock, talks about her business which takes people on genealogy tours in Scotland.

News Center Maine:
13 April 2018
South Berwick, Video
Bill Green’s Maine: Are you descended from the Dunbar Scots?
He calls them “The Boys who Lived,” Bill Green tells about three dozen Scots prisoners of the Battle of Dunbar who served out their time working the saw mills along the Piscataqua River.

Durham University YouTube Channel:
25 May 2017
Durham University, The Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project Team. “We are delighted to be able to share with you footage from the Scottish soldiers reburial service that took place last Friday, 18th May. We were pleased that the reburial was well attended by a range of interested individuals including representatives from Scottish and English local government, the Church of Scotland, and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and that it appropriately and sensitively remembered all those who died in Durham in 1650. For those who were unable to attend, we are pleased to share with you two videos from the day. The first video “Planning the Scottish Soldiers Reburial Service provides some footage of the service and features interviews from members of the Project Team relating to the planning of the service, and the second “Scottish Soldiers Reburial Service is a recording of the entire service.”

Durham University YouTube Channel:
23 May 2017
Durham University, Sophia Daniels, Project Director, Scottish Soldiers Archaeology Project. “We are writing to update you following the Commemorative Event on the 12th May, 2017. We were pleased that this event was well attended by a range of interested individuals and that it appropriately and sensitively remembered all those who died in Durham in 1650. Participants at the event had the chance to view the commemorative plaque; a respectful, fixed memorial to those who died here, appropriately located at the very site of their burial. Attendees also took part in evensong at Durham Cathedral featuring special prayers and a rededication of the Cathedral’s memorial plaque. For those who were unable to attend, we are pleased to share with you two videos from the day. The first video “Scottish soldiers commemorative event“, captures the speeches and imagery of the plaque, and the second “Lost lives, hidden voices: Unlocking the story of the Scottish Soldiers, 1650-2018 features the public lecture delivered on the evening of commemoration, which shares recent research shedding light on the lives of the soldiers from the Battle of Dunbar.”

Durham University YouTube Channel:
24 October 2016
Durham University presents: From Dunbar to Saugus: The Journey of the Scottish Prisoners of War in 1650
A presentation at Saugus Public Library on October 24, 2016 made available for viewing on the Internet Archive by John Hauser on January 16, 2017

Durham University YouTube Channel:
24 August 2016
Durham University, Scottish Soldiers Project – The USA Survivors.
Dr Pam Graves, Department of Archaeology, discusses what happened to survivors of the 17th Century Battle of Dunbar who were transported to the USA. Shared on YouTube by Durham University 24 Aug 2016.

Published: 07 Dec 2015
Updated: 31 Jan 2022