Updated: 6 March 2014:
The photo on the header above was taken by me in June 2011. It is of tomb effigies on the the lids of Medieval knights’ sarcophagi. They are found in the little museum on the Isle of Iona in Western Scotland.
I am a descendant of a Scottish prisoner-of-war from the Battle of Dunbar in Scotland on 3 Sept 1650. My direct ancestor survived the battle, forced march, imprisonment in Durham Cathedral and the trip to the New World where he began a new life. My father carries the Y-DNA of this man of whom I just began to learn about in 2007.
His name was John Hamilton, and as far as we know he was probably about 16 years old on the day of the Battle of Dunbar on 3 Sep 1650. He never returned to his native home. His specific origin in Scotland is still not known to us.
Many times I have thought to myself that it would mutually benefit us, as descendants of the Scottish prisoners of war from the Battles of Dunbar and Worcester, to coordinate our efforts to find information about our POW ancestors. They were brought together through circumstances beyond their control and in ways they never could have imagined.
Working together I hope we may be able to knock down some brick walls to discover the origins of our POWs in Scotland, and to learn more details about their lives in their native land as well as their adopted one.
Currently I know very little about my 12th Great-Grandfather John Hamilton’s early life, but I believe that by learning more about the group of men he fought with, survived with, and began a new life with, I’ll discover more about him and his origins.
This website/blog is an effort to bring together the known facts of the men that have this shared history and hopefully to some day be able to find John’s home in Scotland as well as the other POWs.
It also appears that I am a descendant of another Scottish prisoner of war, John Magoon/Magoun, on the Unity, and my husband also had an ancestor on the Unity and his name was Duncan Stewart/Stuart.