Friday, May 30, 2008

Famous Scotts (17) : Winfield Scott - 'Great Scott!'

The origin of the phrase 'Great Scott!' : General Winfield Scott?

Read the article in World Wide Words by Michael Quinion at:
http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-gre4.htm

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Scott visitors

Last week we celebrated over a decade of guests signing the Scott visitors' book. Recently there seem to have been quite a few visitors with academic email addresses in the US and UK.

Does this suggest anything about Scotts in general?

Saturday, May 17, 2008

10 years ago

I thought it might be interesting to look back at the original Scott visitors' book entries for a decade ago to see how much has changed. This guestbook can still be viewed online at the address given below.

In May 1998 most of our visitors were from the USA. Many still are, ten years on; but we also regularly receive entries from all over the world!

Thanks!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Helpful information for anyone looking for Scotts of Lanarkshire Scotland

Thanks to Alexander Andrew Ronaldson Scott of Pennsylvania for the following entry in the Scott visitors book (reproduced here in full):

My name is Alexander Andrew Ronaldson Scott and I'm a direct descendant of Thomas Scott and his wife Janet Johnstone/Scott from Stonehouse, Lanarkshire, Scotland and other Scott kin of the Glasgow / Lanarkshire and Blantrye area. Thomas lived most of his life in Stonehouse, a village of mostly hand loom weavers of the period around 1800. Thomas is mentioned in Robert Naismith’s book: Stonehouse: Historical and Traditional 1885. Thomas Scott and Janet Johnstone are buried in the old kirkyard in Stonehouse and I shall soon make a pilgrimage there to rededicate the family headstone. I have been researching very passionately since 2001; working to publish a book using over 200 historical documents to back up what used to be only, with little exception, family tradition. A quick rundown on my Scott side looks like this: 1. Thomas Scott, carpenter of Bellshill (born approximately 1745) 2. Thomas Scott (Thomas of Bellshill’s son) married Janet Johnstone (they had 8 children)Thomas Jr, Marion Scott/Shearer, William Scott, John Scott, Janet Scott, Margaret Scott/Naismith, Janet Elliot Scott and Andrew Scott. 3. Andrew Scott (married twice) First Marriage to Elizabeth Osborne/Scott in 1848. (they had 4 children. Thomas Scott, Agnes Scott/Brown, Mary Scott/McDonald, Janet Scott who died age 3. Andrew’s 2nd marriage was to Helen Ronaldson/Scott in 1862. (they had 2 children. Alexander Scott, and Janet Polson Scott who, too, died young at age 7). 4. Alexander Scott (Andrew’s son) married Mary McChesney/Scott in 1892. (they had 3 children and the entire family moved from Scotland to Canada and then into Michigan of the USA. The children were Andrew Scott, Alexander Scott jr, Helen “Nellie” Scott). 5. Andrew Scott (son of Alexander) married Alice Cock/Scott in 1923. Andrew is my paternal great grandfather. I hope this information is helpful for anyone looking for Scotts of Lanarkshire Scotland and is an aid to beginners for simple research tips in general. Google is amazing with patience and a little luck. I would like to note that my research would not have been possible without the care and preservation by past/present family members and new found friends of our family. Andrew’s brother and sister both made their own pilgrimage to Stonehouse in 1954 gathering what information they could without the use of modern technology/internet. Mr. John Young - Stonehouse historian, Heather Ibbotson of Ontario Canada, Reverend Andrew Jamieson Scott-Branagan of Australia, Scotlandspeople.gov.uk for the use of their endless catalogs of Scottish historical documents, and of course my own Mother and Father who have encouraged and aided in my studies. Mom's side = Setla, Dashkevicz, Bochnia, Scioma. Dad's side = Chiefly Scott. But also includes Van Wagoner, Gierman, Lang, Kelleghan, Cock, McChesney, Johnstone, Osborne, Ronaldson, Naismith, Shearer, Polson, Thomson, Walker, Jamieson, Branagan, Pionk, Tillman, Kessel, Brown, Caldwell, Johnston, and McDonald. I can go on and on. After all, “our ancestors had minds much less confused than ours." Yours aye, -Alexander Scott

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