Unity List UPDATED!

Updated: 14 April 2014:

This page is an attempt to compile a list of the Scottish prisoners-of-war who were deported on 11 November 1650 from England arriving at Charlestown, Massachusetts in December 1650 on the ship Unity.

These approximately 150 Scottish prisoners of war which arrived in Massachusetts Bay were a small remnant of the prisoners from the Battle of Dunbar which numbered in the thousands. Many perished in England or were banished to other countries to serve time.

As far as I know, there has never been an original list/document found of the Scottish prisoners of war which came to the New World on the ship Unity in December 1650.

The lists/documents I am using to compile the list below were created by reputable American genealogists doing English research between 1908 and 1917 in England and America.

Elizabeth (French) Bartlett was an experienced and esteemed genealogist of her day.

“Quiet, soft-spoken, unassuming, yet she possessed one of the most accomplished genealogical minds of our century. Elizabeth French Bartlett, a prodigious contributor to the Society’s Committee on English Research, the woman responsible for uncovering the English origins of dozens of early New Englanders, has been called the best of a small group of our country’s leading women genealogists. She was remembered recently by John Insley Coddington, whose profound genealogical memory spans almost seven decades of American and European research.” – PLEASE SEE: “Home to Excellence: Our Best Women Genealogists

Most of Elizabeth’s independent research happened before her marriage to Joseph Gardner Bartlett in 1918, when she was still Miss Elizabeth French. Elizabeth (French) Bartlett outlived her husband and at her death she left “18 cartons” of genealogical papers which became the “Bartlett Collection” and the list below is compiled from two specific documents from the Bartlett Collection in the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Department at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, Massachusetts.

I call these documents the “Iron Works Inventory” and the “The Dunbar Prisoners” list and I am in the process of trying to find out more about the origin of these lists from the New England Historic and Genealogical Society.

So the names found on my list below come from these two documents.

Scotch Prisoners #4and

Scotch Prisoners #1

The “French Collection – SG – BAR” notation was made informally by Daniel Jenkins when he was doing some research for me in 2007. It technically is the “Bartlett Collection,” Bartlett being Elizabeth’s married name as of 1918. 🙂 The circles around the names below were also made by Dan Jenkins.

Scotch Prisoners #2

Scotch Prisoners #3

These documents appear to be a collection of letters of correspondence between Elizabeth French and George S. Stewart of the Reade Historical and Genealogical Association, Boston, Massachusetts, while she was living at #6 Haymarket, London, S. W., England, UK.

So, since we do not have any other lists at this time, I am combining these two lists above into ONE alphabetical list (to make it easier for checking) as a working list for the purpose of furthering our research efforts.

The documents alone, are not definitive proof that these men were from the Battle of Dunbar and arrived on the Unity, that being said, these names were not just “pulled out of a hat” by these reputable genealogists.  There is a reason these particular names are on this list. We can use this list, along with other records, to help us establish a connection that hopefully one day will find these men together on the same ship in 1651.

On the bottom of the “Iron Works Inventory” above it says “Captured at Dunbar, Sept. 3, 1650, Deported Nov. 1650, with 115 others,” so 35+115= 150 pows. But the “The Dunbar Prisoner” list has only 112 names listed. That leaves us with 3 missing names???

So this list includes the 35 men from the Irons Works Inventory plus the 112 men from The Dunbar Prisoners list, a total of 147 men.

1. James Adams: Iron Works Inventory, [Made a don. to SCS on 6 Jan 1657.]
2. Niven Agnew: The Dunbar Prisoners; OBHS; SECA; Mini Biography
3. Archibald Anderson: The Dunbar Prisoners; SPRC [maybe not a Scots POW]
4. John Archibald: Iron Works Inventory
5. John Bank: Iron Works Inventory; SPRC
6. John [Mac/Mc] Bean: The Dunbar Prisoners; EHM; GENI; SPRC; PPFBW
7. John Bennett: The Dunbar Prisoners, Bio., {Made a don. to SCS on 6 Jan 1657.]
8. Alexander Bogle: The Dunbar Prisoners, [Made a don. to SCS on 6 Jan 1657.]
9. John Bohannon: The Dunbar Prisoners [A John Buchanan donated to SCS]
10. Alexander Bow/Bowe: The Dunbar Prisoners; D; R
11. George Brace [possibly “Bruce”]: The Dunbar Prisoners, Bio.
12. Alexander Brebner: Iron Works Inventory
13. Henry Brown: The Dunbar Prisoners
14. John Burbean: The Dunbar Prisoners
15. Alexander Burges: Iron Works Inventory
16. William Cahoon: The Dunbar Prisoners; D; R; Bio.
17. Duncan Chisholm: The Dunbar Prisoners
18. John Clark/Clarke: Iron Works Inventory; GENI; Mini Biography, [Made a don. to SCS 6 Jan 1657.]
19. James Cleghorn: The Dunbar Prisoners; D; R
20. Alexander Cooper: The Dunbar Prisoners; OBHS; SPRC; Mini Biography
21. Hercules Corser: The Dunbar Prisoners, Bio
22. James Danielson: Iron Works Inventory
23. George Darling: Iron Works Inventory; Mini Biography
24. Patrick Denmark: The Dunbar Prisoners
25. Alexander Douglas: The Dunbar Prisoners
26. Malcolm Downing: Iron Works Inventory
27. Thomas Dowty: The Dunbar Prisoners
28. Robert Dunbar: The Dunbar Prisoners; D; R; Biography
29. James Dunsmore: Iron Works Inventory; SPRC
30. William Eager: The Dunbar Prisoners
31. Daniel Elder: The Dunbar Prisoners
32. William Emery: TDP
33. Patrick Fassett (alias M’PHERSON): The Dunbar Prisoners; D; R
34. Daniel Ferguson: The Dunbar Prisoners; OBHS
35. John Ferguson: The Dunbar Prisoners
36. Daniel Forbes (alias FORBUSH): The Dunbar Prisoners
37. James Forbes: The Dunbar Prisoners
38. John Forbush: TDP
39. James Fresell: The Dunbar Prisoners
40. John Fresell: TDP, [SCS records]
41. William “Furbish: TDP; OBHS; D; R
42. William Gibson: TDP, [A “Wm. Gibson” made a donation to the Scots Charitable Society on 6 Jan 1657, and he was president of the society on 25 Oct 1684 in Boston. Shoemaker.]
43. James Gordon: Iron Works Inventory
44. William Gowen (alias SMITH): TDP; D; R; Mini Biography
45. James Grant: TDP; Mini Biography, [A “James Grant” made a donation to SCS 6 Jan 1657.]
46. Peter Grant: Iron Works Inventory; OBHS; SPRC; GENI; Mini Biography, [Made donation to Scots Charitable Society 6 Jan 1657.]
47. Thomas Grant: The Dunbar Prisoners
48. George Gray: The Dunbar Prisoners; OBHS
49. John Gregory: The Dunbar Prisoners
50. Alexander Grimes: Iron Works Inventory
51. Henry Grimes: The Dunbar Prisoners
52. John Hamilton: The Dunbar Prisoners #40; Descendant; Researcher; Mini Biography
53.  James Hay: The Dunbar Prisoners
54. Alexander Innes: Iron Works Inventory, Bio.
55. Edward Irwin: The Dunbar Prisoners
56. Andrew Jameson: IWI, [Made a donatuon to the Scots Charitable Society on 6 Jan 1657.]
57. William Jordan: IWI
58. Robert Junkins: TDP, Mini Biography (See the Robert Junkins Story!)
59. Thomas Kelton: IWI
60. John Key: The Dunbar Prisoners; OBHS
61. John Kneeland: The Dunbar Prisoners, [Made a donation to the SCS on 6 Jan 1657.]
62. James “Ladle” [Landel?]: IWI
63. John “Maccoon” [Magoon, McGoon?]: The Dunbar Prisoners
64. Alexander Macxy (alias MAXWELL): TDP; OBHS
65. Henry Magoon/Magoun [McGoon?]: The Dunbar Prisoners (see Exeter History Minute)
66. John Magoon/Magoun: TDP, Bio., D, R
67. Daniel “Makiah“: TDP
68. Patrick Mark: The Dunbar Prisoners
69. John Marshall: TDP
70. John Mason: Iron Works Inventory, [Made a donation to SCS on 6 Jan 1657.]
71. Alexander Maxwell: TDP; Mini Biography
72. Duncan M’Call/McCall: The Dunbar Prisoners
73. James M’Call/McCall: The Dunbar Prisoners; IWI; D; R; Bio.
74. John M’Callum: The Dunbar Prisoners
75. Malcolm M’Callum: Iron Works Inventory, [A “Malcome Makcallome” made a donation to the Scots Charitable Society on 6 Jan 1657.]
76. John M’Clay: The Dunbar Prisoners
77. John M’Coy: The Dunbar Prisoners
78. Alexander M’Donald: TDP
79. Daniel M’Donald: TDP
80. Dennis M’Donald: TDP
81. Neil M’Donald: TDP
82. Allan M’Dougall: The Dunbar Prisoners
83. Alexander M’Dougall: IWI
84. Henry “Merrow” [Merre?]: TDP, Bio.
85. Purdie M’Farland: TDP, D, R
86.  James Middleton: TDP
87. Games Miller: TDP
88. Robert “Mimy“: IWI
89. Malcolm M’Intire/McIntyre: TDP, Bio.
90. Philip M’Intire: TDP

91. Robert M’Intire: TDP
92. Daniel M’Kay: TDP
93. Robert M’Lachlan: TDP
94. John M’Leod: TDP
95. Mordicai M’Leod: TDP
96. Alester M’Milan: TDP
97. Ingraham Moody: IWI; D, R, Bio.
98. James Moore: TDP [A “James Moore” donated to the Scots Charitable Society on 6 Jan 1657.]
99. Mathew Moore: TDP
100.  Alexander M’Nair: TDP
101. Walter Morey: TDP
102. Angus M’Pherson [McPherson?]: TDP
103. James M’Rorie/Mackerory/Mackerwithey (alias M’WITHEE): TDP
104. John M’Shane: IWI
105. James Murray: TDP
106. William M’Water: IWI
107. Andrew Neill: TDP
108. John Neale: TDP; OBHS
109. James Orr: TDP
110. Charles Philips: TDP
111. John Paul: TDP
112. William Paul: TDP
113. Walter Power? [Tower?]: TDP
114. John Purdie: IWI
115. Andrew Rankin: TDP
116. John Rankin: TDP
117. Dermot Rose: TDP
118. Roger Rose: TDP
119. Finlay Ross: TDP
120. Gilchrist Ross: TDP
121. John Ross: TDP; OBHS
122. Thomas Ross: TDP
123. John Roy: TDP
124. John “Rubton” [Upton]: IWI, See: George C. Upton gcupton@sbcglobal.net
125.. Andrew Runciman: TDP
126. James Scollay [Scolley, Schoalla?]: TDP [SCS records, key-keeper, 1726]
127. John Sinclair: TDP (possibly lived in Exeter, NH, see Exeter History Minute)
128. James Stark: TDP
129. Alexander Stewart: TDP, R, Bio.
130. Daniel Stewart: TDP
131. Duncan Stewart: TDP, D, R, Bio.
132. Hugh Stewart: TDP
133. James Stewart: TDP
134. John Stewart: Iron Works Inventory; Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607-1785, page 34, by David Dobson; Bio. died 21 Apr 1691 in Springfield, Massachusetts
135. William Stewart: TDP
136. James [John?] Taylor: IWI, ; OBHS; SPRC, Bio.
137. George Thompson: IWI [A “George Thomson” made a donation to the Scots’ Charitable Society on 6 Jan 1657.]
138. James Thompson: IWI
139. William Thompson/Thomson: TDP, OBHS; D, R
140. John “Toish” [Tosh?]: IWI, Bio.
141. Thomas Tower: IWI
142. Thomas Walter: IWI
143. James Warren: TDP, OBHS; Bio.
144. James Webster: TDP, [A “James Webster” made don. to SCS on 6 Jan 1657.]
145. Duncan Williamson: TDP
146. Robert Wilson: The Dunbar Prisoners
147. Edward Wyer: The Dunbar Prisoners, Biography

EHM= Exeter History Minute from Exeter, New Hampshire
GENI = Geni.com “Profile Page”
IWI = “Iron Works Inventory” from the Elizabeth (French) “Bartlett Collection”
NEHGS = New England Historic Genealogical Society “Scots For Sale
OBHS = Old Berwick Historical Society
PPFBW = Possibly a Prisoner from the Battle of Worcestor
SCS = Scots’ Charitable Society member and donor
SECA = Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607-1785, by David Dobson, c 1994.
SPRC = Scots Prisoners and Their Relocation to the Colonies at Geni.com
TDP = “The Dunbar Prisoners” from the Elizabeth (French) “Bartlett Collection”
D = A descendant contact is available.
R = A researcher contact is available.
Bio. = Some biographical information is available.

The following names are being removed from this list and are being moved to a NEW page for probable and/or possible Unity passengers:

29. Elanthan Dunkley/Dunklee/Duncklee: EDG; D; R; Mini Biography EDG = Elanthan Dunklee Genealogy

74. Robert M’Call/McCall: TDP; D; R; Bio. (Brother to James above.)

150.  James Barry: SPRC, GENI

For More Information:
Scots For Sale: The Fate of the Scottish Prisoners in 17th Century Massachusetts by Diane Rappaport at the NEHGS’ online American Ancestors.org website.

Scots Prisoners and their Relocation to the Colonies 1650-1654 at Geni.com

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33 Responses to Unity List UPDATED!

  1. Ray McCall says:

    Why is Robert McCall, being removed from the list. He is recorded in the Captured Officers Prisoners list.

    • I am not saying he isn’t a POW. The list on this particular page right now is a combination of the two lists from the Bartlett collection. I am just trying to keep the records straight. I will be creating a second list of probable and possible men. Please forward to me the document to which you are referring and I will include that with Robert McCall. You may send it to my read2befree@yahoo.com address.

  2. Ray McCall says:

    He is listed on the Scottish officers captured at the Battle of Dunbar page. The site I told you about years ago. A site that your site has a link to. He and his brother changed their names spelling in Ireland to hid from the Roman Catholic Church. It was originally MacKall. They changed it to below to hide their identities and protect the Clan. James later changed his back to MacKall, as did his line, until the early 1800’s, when it was changed to McCall, by most of the Clan. Their used to be a collection of papers in the Glasgow library that showed James and Roberts linage back to James MacKall, Baron of Caithness. It was referenced by the late Chieftain Peter John Dundas McCall, of Birkenshaw & St. Quivox. He is from another Clan of McCall’s. In these papers it showed that Robert and James were brothers and after their indenturement Robert left. I can’t remember if it said Robert went North or South.


    McKalbla Robert Captain of foot

    McKallroy James Captain of foot

    The Church of Later Day saints has James listed as Captain James MacKall in their records. As the current Captain & Armiger of Clan MacKall (Caithness), I can assure you that Robert belongs on that list. If you need proof of who I am or Captains James & Robert MacKall’s linage go to Burke’s Peerage and type in my name Ray Rolla McCall, Esq . It will show you their lineage. For I am their last officially recognized heir. The site below will take you their.


    Also is their a way you can put the undifferenced arms of Clan MacKall of Caithness, now Clan MacKall (Caithness), next to the both of them. Thank you.


    Ray Rolla McCall, Esq
    Captain & Armiger of Clan MacKall (Caithness)

  3. Ian McWethy says:

    Number 71 on the photo list and number 103 on the alphbetical list, James M’Rorie/Mackerory/Mackerwithey. I am most interested to know anything of how his name got on this list. I haven’t seen his name on any of the lists previously. As well it was believe that he was captured at the battle of Worcester and not Dunbar. But to see his name listed is very exciting for me. If there is anything that isn’t stated here I would love to know it. I know he lived in Dedham Mass.. Thank you.


    Ian McWethy

  4. Greg Wright says:

    Robert Dunbar has a dead link. Where should that link point to?

  5. Trey Paradee says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I am able to trace my genealogy back to a Stephen Paradee who was living in Kent County, Delaware in 1695. Our family name has been spelled (and misspelled) many different ways over the past few centuries: Paradee, Pardee, Pardie, Pardi, Purdi, and Purdie. My ancestor, Stephen Paradee, had a sister named Unity Paradee. I have no idea where they came from or who their parents were. Unity Paradee was married to Michael Lowber (Loper), who was the son of a well-known Dutch merchant named Peter Lowber (Loper). Peter Lowber (Loper) (1650-1698) first settled in New Amsterdam, New York and moved with his family to Kent County, Delaware at some point in the 1680s or 1690s. My point is that it is more than a coincidence that “John” is the most common name in my family in the late-1600s and early 1700s and that someone with the last name Paradee chose to name their daughter “Unity”. I think there is a possibility that Unity and Stephen Paradee were either the children or grandchildren of #114 John Purdie. I have seen John Purdie’s name on other websites spelled as “Pardi” and “Pardie”. Any idea whatever happened to #114 John Purdie? Any children? Any record of the guy after the Iron Works? Is it possible that he or his descendents could have ended up in New Amersterdam and travelled to Delaware with the Lowbers (Lopers)?

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  7. LauraDove Stevens says:

    I am a descendant of John Neale and William Furbush (Forbush, Furbish, probably Forbes). I am lucky that a history of our Neal line was published around 1932, by a family member (distant). I had previously joined (briefly) the Yahoo! group but found it wasn’t helpful for me.
    Is there any information on either of their family lines, prior to their arrival in the colonies?
    Is it possible that the Forbes/Forbush/Furbish men are all related (due to the similarity in spell7ng and pronunciation lf their names)?
    The notations indicate descendant and research contacts for Wm. Furbush – how do I find out who they are?
    Thanks for all of your hard work!
    LauraDove Stevens

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  9. Bret McIntyre says:

    I am a direct descendant of Philip McIntyre from the Unity/ Battle of Dunbar. My DNA has been tested and I was a match with someone descended from Micum McIntire (also of the Unity/Dunbar). Pretty cool, eh? Science works.

    • Carlee says:

      I am a descendant of one of the the Mcintyre’s on the Unity, I am missing a few links, how did you get a DNA test to match Micum? I have as far back as John Mcintyre who born 1740 who married Anna Morey and cannot go back further to link to Micum, Philip or Robert.

      • Bret McIntyre says:

        I apologize for not noticing your query back in 2015! I can be reached here (you will need to convert this, of course): bret (at) bretmcintyre (dot) com.

  10. Ann Galliard says:

    Could no 62 be James Landle/Landles? I have ancestors in Berwickshire with that name.

  11. Betty Davidson Hicks says:

    I have a new name for you of one who was exiled (one of he prisoner’s of war taken by Oliver Cromwell’s Army) on the Ship Unity to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was an indentured servant. His name was Daniel Davison. The information on him is in the book ” A History and Genealogy – The Davissons – Twelve Generatons – 1630-1992 – Davidson – Davison-Davisson Families”. By Russell Lee Davisson. This book is well sourced. It is now out of print. It was published by McClain Printing Company, Publishing Division, P. Box 403, Parsons, West Virginia. 26287.

    The book with a Historical Background on Davisson and describes his Scottish History and the Battle of Dunbar.

    I looked at Amazon but they have no copies of it at this time.

  12. Marion B Burgess says:

    The link for Henry Merrow in the alphabetical list on this page generates a “link not found” error message.

  13. Roger Spring says:


    I am a Bohannon, I see you have a John Bohannon listed, but my direct ancestor would have been the little brother of John Bohannon, his name was Duncan (Dunkin) Bohannon. He was sent to Barbados in 1650 as an indentured servant for 7 years. I cannot find him on any list, but the timing suggests he was at Dunbar with his clan. Any mention of him in your works?

    Roger Spring

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    • Elizabeth Boggs says:

      Wow! We knew there were several surname variations but I think you’re the first to connect Ferguson with Vargason! We’d love to include information about John Vargason on this site. Feel free to contact me directly at any time. Congratulations on making the connecting!

  15. Brenda McCallum says:

    I am 8th g granddaughter of Ingram Moody #25 on Unity POW from Battle of Dunbar. Does any info exist on his family in Scotland prior to being exiled to Saugus Iron Works?

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