The following book review was written by Bobbi King:
Directory of Scots Banished to the American Plantations 1650-1775. Second Edition. By David Dobson. Published by Genealogical Publishing Co. 2010. 254 pages.
From the 1650s to 1830, banishment and transport to the colonies was a customary punishment for Scottish persons who had committed serious crimes as well as petty crimes. Thousands of Scottish prisoners of war were shipped to New England, Virginia, and the West Indies.
Mr. Dobson has compiled a directory of Scots expelled to the American plantations from 1650 to 1775. He explains his sources and repositories, and describes the information contained in this volume.
Some sample entries:
- Beaton, Alison, a whore fr. Edinburgh, tra. to the colonies on 19 March 1695. [NAS. PC2.25.216]
- Beaton, Angus, b. 1699, miller to the laird of Ardgloch, Little Laids, Caithness, a Jacobite, tra. fr. London aboard the Frere to Jamaica or Barbados on 31 March 1747. [P.2.32]
Mr. Dobson had condensed an enormous number of records and published a concise list of names, dates, events, and sources.
Directory of Scots Banished to the American Plantations 1650-1775. Second Edition by David Dobson is available from the publisher at http://goo.gl/W6DT6w, from Amazon at http://goo.gl/TjtMAE, and from many other genealogy book stores.