On Sunday I had the opportunity to attend a talk about the Scottish soldiers who were captured at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650. These soldiers were force marched down to Durham Cathedral. Several hundred died in captivity. Those that survived were shipped to the Colonies - the first lot were shipped to Boston. Later groups were sent to Boston, the Virginia plantations or to Barbados.
The group Scottish Prisoners of War are working to re-unite the descendants of these soldiers in the US with their Scottish families in Scotland. There are large numbers of people in the US database, but the DNA project is looking for more Scottish people to join by having a yDNA test done and then, hopefully, being matched up with their American family members.
To this point, there are 75 surnames of potential prisoners. These are the surnames of descendants who have contacted the project and are looking to connect with their Scottish heritage. It is not, as yet, a comprehensive list of soldiers:
Grant (from Inverness area)
If you are Scottish and have one of the surnames listed above, the Scottish Prisoner of War DNA Project wants to hear from you! You can contact them at: SPOWS@scottishprisonersofwar.com