[translation: We have needed a book on the Highland Scots of Carolina: here it is. This is an attractive and scholarly book, whose author is of Isle of Skye stock, whence his great-grandfather came to North Carolina in 1803. The Carolina Gaels have never lost their connections with the old country; some of them have retained some Gaelic for a long time; Douglas Kelly himself knows a certain amount. The book has two parts. The first part explains the background of the Gaels in Scotland and in Carolina; the second part traces genealogically the connections of each of the (migrant) families.] -- Gaelic section of 'The Scotsman', Edinburgh, Scotland, October 1998
CAROLINA SCOTS is an outstanding resource for understanding and researching your Scottish ancestry. Part on is an historical study of early emigrations starting with the Argyll Colony in 1739. It outlines and describes life both in Scotland and the new settlements of the Carolinas during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Part two is a comprehensive listing of names and locations of North and South Carolina Scottish families, beginning in 1739. This book includes resources that are hard to find including privately distributed genealogical publications and manuscripts. Descendents are traced into other southern states including Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and East Texas.
CAROLINA SCOTS will be a valuable addition in the library of any Scottish family. Whether you are a family genealogist or just beginning to trace your Scottish roots, almost everyone will find a connection in the incredibly extensive index. -- Angus John Ray, in Scottish Journal, Barrington, Ill.
CAROLINA SCOTS provides an opportunity to research and better understand one's Scottish heritage. The authors examine the social, political and religious aspects that form a rich culture, making a direct link from the Scottish Highlands to eastern North Carolina. They also provide a meticulous genealogy of three to five generations of 64 families who emigrated from Scotland to the Cape Fear Valley of North Carolina and the Pee Dee Valley of South Carolina from 1739 to the 1840s, blending straight genealogy with cultural life and economic history, including more than 100 photographs, maps and art.
It's easy to see how our Scottish heritage has affected Southern life, from music to speech patterns to customs. CAROLINA SCOTS provides the threads that weave through Southern traditions. -- Our State-The Magazine for North Carolina, October, 1999
Carolina Scots is an impressive piece of work, well supported by evidence and historical references throughout. The historical section offers an excellent account of life before the Clearances in the Seventeenth Century, noting the widespread use of Gaelic by the settlers, the role of the Highlanders on the British side of the American War of Independence and the links to famous characters like John MacRae, the Kintail Bard, and Alan MacDonald of Kingsburgh.
The genealogy study includes the history of the Bethunes - famous in Skye - and traces strong connections of the families in Sleat today - MacGillvrays and Kellys. Many highlanders prospered - an irony that those who very much the underdogs in their own country should become so powerful.
It is obvious that the study is a labour of love with the author, who establishes strong family ties with Skye. His enthusiasm for the subject comes through within the book. -- John Norman Macleod, Head Of Studies, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic College of the University of the Highlands and Islands, Skye
Families by the dozen. For whatever reason, keeping up with family history is an ethnic distinctive of the Highland Scots to this day. This book has been a labor of love for three decades on the part of Douglas Kelly.
It opens with a roots-in-the-Highlands picture. The next pages outline immigration from 1739 to the 1840s. The bulk of the book is a selective genealogical survey of dozens of families, beginning with some from the 1739 Argyll colony, but more likely those who came later in the much larger migrations that occurred just prior to the American Revolution.
With its handsome format, rich illustration, and modern way of listing complex family relationships through as many as four generations, this book has been hailed as the new resource for Carolina Scots families and an ideal First Reader for anyone who is just beginning a serious study of the Highland Scots who came to North Carolina. -- Fayetteville Observer, NC, August 16
From the Publisher
Perhaps in an effort to find their "place" in a world where families are splintered by geography and social pressures, individuals are becoming increasingly interested in tracing their ancestral heritage. Carolina Scots, a new book by husband and wife team Douglas and Caroline Kelly, provides natives of North and the Pee Dee area of South Carolina who have Scottish ties an opportunity to research and cherish their colorful history. Carolina Scots examines the social, linguistic, educational, political and religious perspectives that form a rich culture merged from two distinct regions the Scottish Highlands and Eastern North Carolina. "I think many people would be surprised to know that North Carolina is believed to have been the largest Scottish settlement anywhere in the world outside Scotland," Douglas F. Kelly said. "Its emigrants have formed the backbone of large sections of both Carolinas for some 250 years." As a native North Carolinian, haling from Lumberton, Kelly has constructed a careful genealogy of as many as the first five generations of 64 different family groups who emigrated from the Scottish Highlands and Islands to the Cape Fear Valley of North Carolina and the neighboring Pee Dee Valley of South Carolina, from 1739 to the early 1840s.