Battle of Dunbar POWs in America

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Updated: 09 Nov 2016

As far as we know, an original passenger list for Scottish prisoners of war captured at the Battle of Dunbar and transported to the colonies has not been discovered.

The list below combines the Irons Works Inventory from Lynn, Massachusetts (now the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site), The Dunbar Prisoners list created by George Sawin Stewart, and Dr. Andrew Millard’s suggestions which brings our total to 150 out of the 150 transported prisoners.

This list must be used with caution.  Additional research may be needed to determine if these men are indeed transported Scottish prisoners of war from the 1650 Battle of Dunbar.

Please click on the highlighted names to see their individual profile page:

Adams, James, #1 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Agnew, Niven, #2 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Anderson, Archibald, #1 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Archibald, John, #2 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Bank, John, #3 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Bean, John, #3 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Bennett, John, #4 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Bogle, Alexander, #6 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Bohannon, John, #8 on  The Dunbar Prisoners
Bow, Alexander, #7 on The Dunbar Prisoners; yDNA Study
Brebner [Brabiner], Alexander, #4 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Brown, Henry, #9 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Bruce, George, #10 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Burbean [Burbeen], John, #5 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Burges, Alexander, #5 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Cahoon, William, #12 on The Dunbar Prisoners; yDNA Study
Chisholm, Duncan, #13 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Clark, John, #6 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Cleghorn, James, #14 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Cooper, Alexander, #15 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Corser, Hercules, #11 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Danielson [Daniels], James, #7 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Darling, George, #8 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Davison ye Scott, Dr. Millard
Denmark, Patrick, #17 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Douglas, Alexander, #18 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Downing, Malcolm, #9 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Dowty [Doughty], Thomas, #19 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Dunbar, Robert, #16 on The Dunbar Prisoners; yDNA Study
Dunsmore, James, #10 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Eager, William, #21 on  The Dunbar Prisoners
Eaton, Alexander, Dr. Millard
Elder, Daniel, #20 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Emery, William, #22 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Fassett (alias M’Pherson), Patrick, #23 on The Dunbar Prisoners; yDNA Study
Ferguson, Daniel, #28 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Ferguson, John, #29 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Forbes (alias Forbush), Daniel, #24 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Forbes, James, #25 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Forbush, John, #27 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Fresell/Frizzell, James, #30 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Fresell, John, #31 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Furbish, William, #26 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Gibson, William, #33 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Gordon, James, #12 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Gowen (alias Smith), William, #38 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Grant, James, #34 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Grant, Peter, #11  on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory(Saugus); yDNA Study
Grant, Thomas, #35 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Gray, George, #37 on The Dunbar Prisoners; yDNA Study
Gregory, John, #32 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Grimes, Alexander, #35 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Grimes, Henry, #36 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Hamilton, John, #40 on The Dunbar Prisoners; yDNA Study
Hay, James, #39 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Innes, Alexander, #13 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Irwin, Edward, #41 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Jameson, Andrew, #14 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Jordan, William, #15 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Junkins, Robert, #42 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Kelton, Thomas, #16 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Key, John, #44 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Kneeland, John, #43 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Ladle, James, #17 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Maccoon, John, #57 on The Dunbar Prisoners
MacMallen, John, Dr. Millard
Macxy, Alexander, #60 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Magoon, Henry, #49 on The Dunbar Prisoners; yDNA Study
Magoon, John, #48 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Makiah, Daniel, #58 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Mark, Patrick, #72 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Marshall, John, #56 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Mason, John, #24 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Maxwell, Alexander, #59 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Call, Duncan, #65 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Call, James, #19 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory(Saugus); yDNA Study
M’Callum, John, #69 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Callum, Malcolm, #21 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
M’Clay, John, #47 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Coy, John, #53 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Donald, Alexander , #75 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Donald, Daniel, #73 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Donald, Dennis, #76 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Donald, Neil, #74 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Dougall, Allan, #66 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Dougall Alexander, #20 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Merrow, Henry, #64 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Farland, Purdie, #70 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Middleton, James, #55 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Miller, Games [James], #79 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Mimy (Meany), Robert, #18 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
M’Intire, Malcolm, #61 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Intire, Philip, #63 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Intire, Robert, #62 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Kay, Daniel, #50 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Lachlan, Robert, #67 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Leod, John, #45 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Leod, Mordicai, #46 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Milan (Mackmallen), Alester, #68 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Nair Alexander, #77 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Moody, Ingraham, #25 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory(Saugus); yDNA Study
Moore, James, #52 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Moore, Mathew, #54 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Morey, Walter, #112 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Pherson, Angus, #78 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Rorie (alias M’Withee), James, #71 on The Dunbar Prisoners; yDNA Study
M’Shane, John #23 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Murray, James, #51 on The Dunbar Prisoners
M’Water, William, #22 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Neal, John, #81 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Neill, Andrew,#80 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Orr, James, #82 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Paul, John, #84 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Paul, William, #85 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Philips, Charles, #83 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Power [Tower?], Walter, #111 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Purdie, John, #26 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Rankin, Andrew, #94 on The Dunbar Prisoners; yDNA Study
Rankin, John, #87 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Rose, Dermot (Tormut), #93 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Rose, Roger, #92 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Ross, Finlay, #88 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Ross, Gilchrist, #89 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Ross, John, #90 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Ross, Thomas, #91 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Roy, John, #95 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Runciman Andrew, #86 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Scollay, James, #98 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Sinclair, John, #97 on  The Dunbar Prisoners
Stark, James, #96 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Stewart, Alexander, #99 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Stewart, Daniel, #102 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Stewart, Duncan, #101 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Stewart, Hugh, #103 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Stewart, James, #100 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Stewart, John, #28 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Stewart, William, #104 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Taylor, James, #32 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Thompson, George, #30 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Thompson, James, #31 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Thompson, William, #105 on The Dunbar Prisoners; yDNA Study
Toish, John, #33 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Tower, Thomas, #29 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Upton (Rubton), John, #27 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Walter, Thomas, #34 on Scots at Lynn 1653. Iron Works Inventory (Saugus)
Warren, James, #108 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Webster, James, #106 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Williamson, Duncan, #107 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Wilson, Robert, #110 on The Dunbar Prisoners
Wyer, Edward, #109 on The Dunbar Prisoners

53 Responses to Battle of Dunbar POWs in America

  1. Ken says:

    How did you compile this list? To my understanding from my research, the Unity’s ship manifest arriving in Boston in 1651 has never been found. ~ Ken Stuart-Anderson (Duncan Stewart)

  2. Internet says:

    I think the first name on your list is incorrect. It should be James Adams, not John Adams. See Page 4 of your document.

  3. Wesley Edminister says:

    Hi, I do not see my relative John Edministeire on your Unity list, though he survived the Battle of Dunbar and was indentured in America. Maybe he’s your 150th?

  4. Bonny Beall says:

    I don’t see my ancestors name on the list. He was at the battle of Dunbar and was also indentured in America. His name was Ninian Bell when he got on the ship. He later added an A to make it Beall.

    • Bonny, the main list above was compiled not by me but Elizabeth (French) Bartlett about 100 years ago. I do see that David Dobson says that Ninian Bell was banished to Barbados in 1650 as a prisoner of war from the Battle of Dunbar, and arrived in Maryland in 1652, he may or may not have traveled on the ship “Unity.” Do you have more information about him?

      • Ken Beall says:

        Can you put me in touch with David Dobson? Ninian is also my ancestor. I had him to the West Indies, but would be interested in the documentation that supported pinpointing the Barbados. Thank you.

  5. Bonny says:

    That ia the same info I have about him arriving in Maryland.. I am not sure what ship he was on.

    • Ken Beall says:

      Just joined and saw this note. I am also a descendant of Ninian. Our information is that he was first indentured to the West Indies before making his way to Maryland.

      • Tom Abels says:

        I’m also a descendant of Ninian Beall. Below is a link to an archive that has some added details on Ninian.
        http://www.archive.org/stream/colonelninianbea00magr/colonelninianbea00magr_djvu.txt

        • teresahamiltonpepperrust says:

          Tom, While Ninian may be a Scottish POW, I am not sure that he is a SPOW from the Battle of Dunbar. It is my understanding that the ship Unity went straight from Gravesend, England in Nov. 1650 to Charlestown, Massachusetts, arriving the end of Dec 1650. Could he have been a soldier from the Battle of Worcester? I do believe a good portion of them were dropped off in Barbados before arriving in Virginia in May 1652. Something to consider.

  6. James R. Dodge says:

    I am tracing Tristram Dodge who was a prisoner after the Battle of Dunbar, 1650. He eventually arrived in Massachusetts and settled as a fisherman on Block Island RI. I would like to learn what ship he came over on. He is not on the Unity list.

    Thank you, James Renfrew Dodge

  7. Charles Bruce says:

    I believe the passenger listed as “George Brace” is in fact “George Bruce”. An ink blob covers the “u”. If you look at her “a”s they are quite narrow. The “u”s are broad as is this one.

    The family has been looking for him on the Unity passenger list for a long time. Thanks for publishing this.

    We first find George in the record as married in 1659. Died 1692 Woburn.

  8. Charles D. Bruce says:

    Glad to be a contact. George Bruce of Woburn is easy to find on Google with lots of hits. Our family story was that he used “George Brush” for a time as he had troubles with the English authorities and later in his life he went back to his real name “Bruce.”

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  11. Michael Forbush says:

    Thanks for posting this, I am a descendant of your #36 Daniel Forbush.

  12. Michael Forbush says:

    I don’t know if you know this, but #41 William Furbush is #36 Daniel Forbes brother. This is from some research that I have done.

    By November 11, 1650 Sir Arthur Haselrig was told to deliver 150 prisoners Augustine Walker the master of the ship Unity. Among these prisoners were Daniel and William Forbes. Walker sold Daniel and William Forbes to Samson Angier of Kittery, Maine for £30 each. William remained with Samson while Daniel was either sold or given to his brother Edmund Angier of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    • marsille says:

      Michael, I am descended from William Furbush through my great-grandmother, Gertrude Furbush (daughter of Floriman Furbush). Have you considered doing the Forbes DNA project on Familytree DNA? It would be great to see how the Furbushes match up with the different Forbes families.

  13. Susan Tripp Snider says:

    I am glad to have found this site. My ancestor was Daniel Stewart, who reportedly settled in Barnstable, Mass. and later moved to Martha’s Vineyard. Is there a way to find out where in Scotland he was born?

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  15. Christy Blevins says:

    Looking for my ancestor, John Bunch, who would have immigrated to the Virginia Colony in 1650-1651. Would he be one of these indentured servants? Any information would be helpful. Thanks.

  16. Kate Kelley-Howe says:

    I believe that “93. Robert M’Lachlan: TDP” is this same Robert:
    http://archive.org/stream/genealogyofclafl00wigh/genealogyofclafl00wigh_djvu.txt

    See entry: “When and where Robert Mackclothlan landed in this country
    may never be determined. An exhaustive search of the early rec-
    ords of Essex and Suffolk counties, Mass., reveals no record earlier
    than Nov. 4, 1661. According to the custom of those days,
    no person was admitted to citizenship unless he had lived for some
    time in the community and was acceptable to the townsmen.
    Thus it follows that Robert must have been in this country prior
    to 1 66 1. In various branches of the family the tradition is that he
    was a Scotch soldier. It is quite probable that Robert was one of
    the Scotch prisoners captured by Cromwell at the Battle of Dun-
    bar, some of whom were sent by him to New England. Upon
    their arrival their services were sold for a term of years. ”

    Robert MacLachlan (Robert McClaflin) is my 8th GGrandfather… I have just begun research on him…
    Thank you,
    Kate Kelley-Howe

  17. Hi, Kate, Please join us at our Yahoo Group “scottish_war_prisoners-subscribe@yahoogroups.com” where you can share what you know about your Scottish ancestor and learn more about our Scottish POWs. We also have a Scottish POW DNA Study going. Do you have any MALE cousins or uncles who can contribute their DNA sample for the surname McClaflin?

  18. Margaret Ann Samuels says:

    Robert Dunbar, no. 28 on your list, was my ancestor; later Dunbars were and maybe are in Otsego County, upstate New York, from where my grandmother Nellie Dunbar moved to South Dakota.

  19. Heather Ford says:

    Hi I a a descendant of Philip McIntyre and could add some information about his life. How would I do that?

  20. Jeanette Weethee says:

    Great information. My husband (WEETHEE) is of the line from your number 103 passenger, James M’Rorie/Mackerory/Mackerwithey (alias M’WITHEE): TDP. There has been a good bit of information already gathered for this line, but I am hoping to find out more about James, ie: where he came from (definitively), was there a particular clan he was aligned with, etc. Looking forward to exploring some more!

  21. Gary Eager says:

    Hi I am a descendant of # 30 on your list William Eager. Just found out a few months ago. Would like any information you or anyone else have. Thank you

  22. Jeanne says:

    My Scottish ancestor Daniel Davidson came to Massachusetts as an indentured servant around 1650. Don’t see him in your list, but I think he was a Covenenter and fought in the Battle of Dunbar.

    • Jeanne, Please give me more information about your ancestor Daniel Davidson. Our lists are not totally complete. I did find this one reference on the site: Exactly when they reached the Lynn plant is unknown, but Giffard’s books record the initial payments for the Scot’s food in April 1651. They came from Boston by boat, and arrived in poor health, as payments for medicine and medical assistance attest. Indeed, one person by the name of Davidson died. But all of the sixty-one men remaining stayed at the iron works. Seventeen were returned to Boston to work for William Awbrey, the company’s factor, in the warehouse he maintained there. Three went to the company’s local commissioners, and at least two and possibly as many as seven were sold to other colonists. Send your information to me at teresa@scottishprisonersofwar.com

  23. Craig Stinson says:

    Regarding John Key, #44 DPL, the map on p 133 of Stackpole’s Old Kittery and Her Families shows John Key’s land near the far north end of the Old Berwick settlers. His grant on 11 December 1662 is described on p 135: 30 rods on the river, extending 267 rods into the woods. James Grant[#34 DPL], James Barry, and Micum McIntire [#61 DPL] received similar grants that same day.

    Old Kittery pp 162-164 reprints a real-time account of the March 18, 1689/90 attack on Salmon Falls, in which a James Key was slain and his brother John Key and sister Abigail were taken captive to Canada. “Abigail was still a captive 5 March 1710-11. John returned to Berwick about 1695, married and reared a family there.”

    The John, James, and Abigail Key listed in this 1689 account may be the children of John Key #44 DPL.

  24. Lisa Wilson says:

    Please add me as a descendant/researcher of James McRory. Thanks!

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