Thursday, December 16, 2010

Transported Scots and Berwick, Maine

As mentioned in yesterday's post on Scots transported in the 1650s, many of the prisoners were sent from Boston to Maine. I wrote that post on my desktop. This morning I am working on my laptop and found a link to the Old Berwick Historical Society. Why would I have saved this link? Because 25 prisoners from the Unity were sent to work at a sawmill in what is now South Berwick. You can find a brief history of Berwick, Scotland, the Battle of Dunbar, and the naming of Berwick, Maine here and follow the trail of the 25 Scots prisoners here. Both pages include maps and photographs.

3 comments:

Heather Rojo said...

Amanda, you are reading my mind! One whole branch of my family is from Berwick, and I live not far away. I'm a descendant of Humphrey Chadbourne and at least one of the Scots POWs on the list (John Taylor), James Warren's son married Chadbourne's grand daughter, and William Gowen's son married Abigail Hodsdon, sister to another ancestor. My Wilkinson ancestors are from Berwick, but I don't know if they were Scots or English. They "appeared" in Berwick at this time. Diane Rapaport has written about several of these Scots.

Amanda E. Epperson said...

I guess that means we both have fabulous minds! It's neat that you live so close to where your ancestors did - all but my most recent ones lived far, far away (but at least not in a distant galaxy).

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