Online Resources

Published: 18 April 2013
Updated/Edited: 8 Oct 2016

William Gowen (Scottish POW) and Elizabeth Frost  on Be Not Forgot
Scottish Prisoners (Ennis, Merrow, Cahoon and Ross) on Miner Descent
Nutfield Genealogy  A page devoted to the ship John and Sara & William Munroe
The Scottish Diaspora Blog

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

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.

Suffolk Deeds at
by Suffolk County (Mass.); Boston (Mass.). Board of Aldermen; Trask, William Blake, 1812-1906; Bradish, Frank, Eliot; Drew, Charles A; Small, A. Grace
Published 1653; Topics Deeds — Massachusetts Suffolk County

Google Books:
Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607-1785
Book by David Dobson at Google Books

Calendar of State Papers Domestic (Commonwealth)
Other volumes in the state papers series, from before and following the volume below, can be accessed from this link to the Internet Archive. They’re not in date order, so it’s necessary to click and try to find the relevant vols, but the vols for 1650and 1650-51 covers Dunbar, and the vol for 1651-52 continues the story of the plight of the Worcester prisoners.  Indexes at the back of each volume help to navigate. ~ submitted by John Cleary

Calendar of State Papers Domestic, 1651
Calendar (i.e. a chronological list with summaries of contents) of state documents from the Commonwealth, listing the actions of the Council of State.  Published in 1877, this takes in the Battle of Worcester, and the Preface covers the background to the battle.  Several entries in the volume refer to the actions taken to “dispose” of the Scottish prisoners. ~ submitted by John Cleary

Memorials of the English affairs from the beginning of the reign of Charles the First to the happy restoration of King Charles the Second by Bulstrode Whitelock
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. ~ submitted by John Cleary

Suffolk Deeds, vol. I (1653)
by Suffolk County (Mass.); Boston (Mass.). Board of Aldermen; Trask, William Blake, 1812-1906; Bradish, Frank, Eliot; Drew, Charles A; Small, A. Grace
Published 1653
This 1880 printed version of the Suffolk Deeds contains the original list of the John and Sarah prisoners. Page numbers are not visible, but use the slider at the bottom to move along to page 63, where the list can be seen. ~ John Cleary

Scottish Prisoners of War
Descendants of Alexander Bow of Middletown, CT


National Library of Scotland – Digitized Books about Scottish Family Histories has several pages devoted to the Scots Prisoners:
Passengers of the ship “John & Sarah”: Scots Prisoners of War, 1651
Scots in the West Indies, 1707-1857
Scots Prisoners and their Relocation to the Colonies, 1650-1654
The Battle of Worcester Society – Rapaport, Diane. “Scots for Sale, The Fate of the Scottish Prisoners in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts,” (New England Ancestors. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2000-2009.) (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.)
The Scottish Prisoners of 1650 – Old Berwick Historical Society
Exiles From Scotland – transcribed by C. Parziale & posted on USGenWeb
The Concord Iron Works – The Concord Magazine by Marian H. Wheeler
Scottish Genealogy Society
Battle of Dunbar & Alexander Innes – by Michelle Boyd includes photos, maps & drawings
Morrell FamilyBattle of Dunbar, Prisoners sent to New England, & Battle of Worcester
Scottish Slaves in America
John Clark, of Wenham & Exeter
Peter Grant
John MacBean
James Ross
Major John Sinclair
Battle of Dunbar (1650)
Battle of Worcester
Disaster at Dunbar – The Fate of the Prisoners of War
British Convicts Shipped to American Colonies from the American Historical Review
Vol. 2 No. 1 (Oct. 1896), pp 12‑33.

Yahoo Group:
Scottish War Prisoners

The Battle of Dunbar A short film made in Dunbar, Scotland 2010 by Bill Bowles, a descendant of Malcolm M”Intire.
Dunbar II (Battles of East Lothian 5)- by ABJHeritage on 20 April 2013
Dunbar, Scotland in photos with music
A History of Scotland (First episode) with Neil Oliver
Psalm 46 “A Mighty Fortress in the Storm” – The Scottish Psalter of 1650
Scottish Prisoners in Exeter by Exeter History Minute

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