The following book review was written by Bobbi King:
Scottish Catholics at Home and Abroad 1680-1780. By David Dobson. Published by Genealogical Publishing Co. 2010.163 pages.
Mr. Dobson’s introduction is a brief but broad history of the plight of Catholics in Scotland. By the late 1600s the majority of Catholics had converted to Protestantism, while those that remained close to the Church lived under the protection of Catholic noblemen or landowners. Religion was undoubtedly a factor in the decision of many Scots to emigrate to America.
In this volume, Mr. Dobson has located records at home and abroad (he resides in Scotland) and compiled a list of Scottish Catholics in the period 1680-1780.
Some sample entries:
- Gordon Francis, born 3 April 1693, son of John Gordon of Dunmeath, a Protestant, and Anna Gordon, a Catholic, was baptised on 8 April 1693 by Father Robert Francis. [SNQ.VIII.181.]
- Gordon, Francis, and his wife residing in the Duke of Gordon’s lodging in the Citadel of Leith, Edinburgh, 1704. [NAS.CH22.214.171.124.149]
- Gordon, Francis, born 1742, son of ….Gordon of Kenmore, a student at Douai, 1751. [RSC.1.88]
The works of Mr. Dobson are substantial in the annals of records-publishing.
His compilations go a long way in assisting the Scottish researcher.
Scottish Catholics at Home and Abroad 1680-1780 is available from the publisher, Genealogical Publishing Co., at http://goo.gl/GrX9CD, from Amazon at http://goo.gl/oNAv89, and from many other genealogy bookstores. Prices may vary, however.