District Family Surnames of Scotland

A companion book to Scottish Clans And Their Associated Families

by Robert J Heston



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/17/2023

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 160
ISBN : 9781665740678
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 160
ISBN : 9781665740661

About the Book

Over the past 25 years that I have been associated with Scottish heritage events I’ve witnessed a great deal of effort being expended on refining and defining everything associated with Scottish Clans.  However, with a couple of exceptions, little effort seems to have gone into giving the same amount of focus to the identification of surnames associated with Scotland who are not linked to a clan.  This has been a problem for those of us who are attempting to help every visitor attending these events find their Scottish connection. Until now there has been little detailed, quality reference materials to adequately help us.   A necessary distinction to remember and share is the fact that there is a misperception that Scotland’s people are centered strictly around the clan structure.  Clans represent less than one third of all the people of Scotland.  The non-clan families are city dwellers. They’ve not declared fealty to a clan chief, but provide goods, services, and labor in the regions in which they reside.   The information collected on this portion of Scotland’s people comes from various publicly available sources such as Scottish government, regional administration, church (birth, marriage, death), and transportation (deportation) records.  Regarding the latter source, there were no restrictions on the transportation of the subjects of England (English, Irish, Scots, Welsh) to the Americas, Caribbean, and Australia. Information extracted from these transportation records focused only on those transported prisoners specifically identified as Scottish.  Prisoner transportation records to the Americas spanned the period 1600-1776 while those sent to Australia spanned the period 1776-1830.

About the Author

Bob Heston retired from the military after nearly 31 years of active service.  Fourteen years of that were spent in Europe (10 in England) but the discovery about his Scottish roots only came at the time of his retirement from the Air Force.    Following retirement from the military he served as a senior intelligence advisor and subject matter expert on joint military combat operations to the Department of Defense. After 24 years in this “day job” he retired to Colorado to teach his grandsons about beekeeping, stained-glass design, and how to drive.  He’s an avid motorcyclist and has ridden his Harley across the US, throughout Australia, and Canada. Bob is a past President of the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations (COSCA), a Life member of the Clan Graham Society, author of the COSCA Research Reference Book, and, recently, Scottish Clans And Their Associated Families.   Bob initially came into the service of the Scottish-American community through COSCA as a “volunteered” Trustee member many years back all because his mother-in-law didn’t want the added work of being a Trustee, so, she volunteered him to take her place and remains with the organization today.   Bob makes every effort to support the Scottish-American community through COSCA.  As COSCA’s President (2000–2008) he actively worked with the COSCA Webmaster to design and establish a searchable website helping those seeking their Scottish roots make that initial connection, something he continues supporting to this day.       Bob’s principle focus throughout his service to the Scottish-American community has been, and remains, increasing the presence of researchers at the games while providing them with the best research tools to assist all who attend these events find their Scottish connection.