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Dr David Dobson is a recognized authority on the Scottish origins of American colonists. His list of publications exceeds 100 books. Many focus on connections between Scots who went abroad and their motherland. In addition to the immigrants themselves, he has also prepared books on the ships, shipmasters, merchants, whalers, and mariners involved in maritime trades.

He has also compiled a large number of books designed to help researchers identify people who lived in Scotland in the 1600s and 1700s. He uses many sources that supplement more commonly-used parochial records and testaments providing a broader picture of those living there at the time many emigrants boarded ships to the American colonies.

Many, but not all of Dobson's books are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dozens are available online to Ancestry and World Vital Records subscribers. Books marked PILI have been indexed in the series Passenger and Immigrants Lists Index, which is also available online  to Ancestry subscribers.

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Guides

Dobson has published several guides to genealogical research in Scotland:

He has published two histories on Scottish maritime trade and emigration to Colonial America:

  • Scottish Emigration to Colonial America, 1607-1785. Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 1994. FHL US/CAN Book 970 W2dd; immigrants indexed online in PILI ($).
  • Scottish Trade with Colonial Charleston 1683-1783. Glasgow, Scotland, 2009. PhD Thesis accessible through EThOS ($).

Dobson has also compiled a list of Scottish surnames found in early America:

Scots Abroad, Maritime, and Shipping

Americans mentioned in Scottish records
  • American Data from the Aberdeen Journal, 1748-1783. Baltimore, Md.: Clearfield, 1998. FHL British Book 941.25/A1 B3d; online at Ancestry ($); online at World Vital Records ($); indexed online in PILI ($).
  • American Data from the Records of the High Court of the Admiralty of Scotland, 1675-1800. Baltimore, Md.: Clearfield, 2000. FHL British Book 941 P2a; online at Ancestry ($); online at World Vital Records ($).
  • American Vital Records from the Gentleman's Magazine, 1731-1868. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Company [GPC], 1987. FHL US/CAN Book 973 V22d; online at Ancestry ($).
  • "Genealogical Gleanings in the British Isles," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 76 (1988):230-234; online at NGS website ($); indexed online in PILI ($). Includes "Scotland: British-Army Deserters in America, circa 1750."
  • "Genealogical Gleanings from Scotland," National Genealogical Society Quarterly (with Peter Wilson Coldham); online at NGS website ($).
  • Vol. 73 (1985):8-14, 291-293
  • Vol. 74 (1986):171-173
  • Vol. 81, No. 2 (June 1993):139-140. FHL Book 973 B2ng [includes 1807 ship's passenger list, New York City found in the National Archives, U.K.]; indexed online in PILI ($).
Mariners series
  • Scottish Seafarers of the Seventeenth Century. [Edinburgh]: Scottish Association of Family History Societies, 1992. FHL British Book 941 U2dd
  • Scottish Seafarers of the Eighteenth Century. n.p.: Scottish Association of Family History Societies, 1996. FHL British Book 941 U3d
  • Scottish Seafarers 1800-1830. St. Andrews, Scotland: David Dobson, 1997. FHL British Book 941 U3dda
Scots Abroad series

Arranged by destination

Arranged by origin

  • The Scots Overseas: Emigrants and Adventurers from Aberdeen and North East Scotland, Fife, Moray and Banff, Angus and Perth, Southern Scotland, Glasgow and the West of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland, the Lothians, and the Northern Highlands. Westminster, Md.: Willow Bend Books, 2000. FHL British Book 941 W2da; indexed online in PILI ($).
  • The Scots Overseas: Emigrants and Adventurers from Argyll and North Highlands. 2 vols. St. Andrews: David Dobson, 1993-2000. FHL British Books 941.38 W2d pt. 1-2; indexed online in PILI ($).
  • Scots Overseas: Emigrants and Adventurers from the Lothians. St. Andrews, Scotland: D. Dobson, 1995. FHL British Book 941 W2ddob
  • Scots Overseas: Emigrants and Adventurers from Southern Scotland. St. Andrews, Scotland: D. Dobson, 1994. FHL British Book 941 W2ddb

Arranged by religion

Soldiers
Shipping

"This book attempts to bring together evidence of voyages from Scandinavia, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the Channel Islands to North America and the West Indies and is based on both primary and secondary sources in Europe and America." -- Introd.:

Scottish People

Burgess Rolls
Hearth Taxes
Jacobites
The People of Scotland series
Scotland During the Plantation of Ulster series
Scottish Highlanders series
  • Scottish Highlanders on the Eve of the Great Migration, 1725-1775: The People of Argyll. 2 vols. Baltimore, Md.: Clearfield, 2005-12. FHL British Books 941.38 D2d v. 1-2; Vol. 1 immigrants indexed online in PILI ($).
  • Scottish Highlanders on the Eve of the Great Migration 1725-1775: The People of the Grampian Highlands. Baltimore, Md.: Clearfield, 2008. FHL British Book 941 D2dd; immigrants indexed online in PILI ($).
  • Scottish Highlanders on the Eve of the Great Migration 1725-1775: The People of Highland Perthshire. Baltimore, Md.: Clearfield, 2006. FHL British Book 941.32 D22d
  • Scottish Highlanders on the Eve of the Great Migration, 1725-1775: The People of Inverness-shire. Baltimore, Md.: Clearfield, 2007. FHL British Book 941.21 D2d; immigrants indexed online in PILI ($).
  • Scottish Highlanders on the Eve of the Great Migration 1725-1775: The People of the Northern Isles. Baltimore, Md.: Clearfield, 2008. FHL British Book 941.1 D2d; immigrants indexed online in PILI ($).
  • Scottish Highlanders on the Eve of the Great Migration: The Northern Highlands. Baltimore, Md.: Clearfield, 2007. FHL British Book 941 D22dd; online at World Vital Records ($); immigrants indexed online in PILI ($).
Occupations

Irish Abroad

Irish People

Irish People in British Sources

Jews in Great Britain

Other American Colonists

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