"I'm in a similar position, although I have, I think, a link to a mainland
Scottish town near the Isle of Mull. For years, I've been researching
various topics for Native American Nations; now I'm putting those skills
to use on my family history.....But even if I don't find anything, I know where my heart belongs.
Scotland....The urban and southern Scots stayed in their homeland. The Clearances
tens of thousands of Islanders and Highlanders to ghettos on the edges of
cities like Glasgow."
I suppose it is time for me to uncloak and step out of the shadows. I've been lurking long enough. I am glad for this discussion, as it is what I had hoped to find on this listserv. My great-grandfather was a Maxwell, come from Scotland in the late 1800's to the States. My grandfather did not have much to say about him, as he divorced my great-grandmother and essentially abandoned the family. (She, by the way, was Cherokee - I've been researching her family from their Georgia roots.) I'm now about to begin doing the same with my Scot grandfather and family.
You are giving me some very valuable insight into what was going on. Supposedly he came from near Glasgow, apparently with little desire to return.
Thanks, and I'll be drifting in and out of conversations for awhile, if you will have me about.