Throughout history their have been many uprisings in the world, but, let us go to the English - Scottish border in the County of Northumberland to a village called Berwick-on-Tweed. In the early years around 400 A D the Romans and the Scots battled over the land and the Scots were victorious. Through the centuries there have been many battles for possession of this village and it changed hands many times from Scotland to England and vice versa as well as being defended by outside countries such as France and Spain. In the end, England gained control of this land and proclaimed it to be a Royal Burgh.
It is a quaint little village with three large ornate bridges crossing Northumberland river each bridge only feet apart and each was built bigger and better than the one before by a victorious King after a battle was won. Being not only a border village it was a main shipping port to the outside world, this is where perhaps our story comes to be. Ships were designed, built and repaired, seaman by the hundreds lived here, so anyone living here in the fifteen and sixteen hundreds were mainly involved in some sort of occupation pertaining to the sea. It will take a bit more research on my part (such as a trip to Berwick-on-Tweed) to determine if Robert Scot b. 1650 or Tom Scot b. 1676 were in this line of work, but, we do know that in the centuries that followed many occupations held by the Scott men consisted of:
- Sea Captain Joseph Scott b. 1835
- Lighthouse Keeper Joe Scott b. 1873
- Harbour Master Jack Scott b. 1867
- Ship Salvager Tom Scott b. 1861
- Ship Builder Hugh Scott b. 1878
- Service in the Royal Canadian Navy William Charles Scott b. 1908 and Hugh Scott Jr b. 1919
- Deckhand on a Great Lake Ship Bill Scott Jr b. 1937
- Ships Purser on a Cruise Line Brent Allen b. 1973.
With things so unsettled between England and Scotland in the late seventeenth century many people were divided with where their loyalties lay, especially on the border villages such as Berwick-on-Tweed.
Such may have been the case for Thomas Scot b. 1676 in Berwick-on-Tweed, he decided it best to relocate himself and his family to Western Scotland, particularly Dailly Ayr Ayrshire yet, another shipping port.
On August 7 1715 a son John was born to Thomas Scot being the first of our ancestors to record Ayr as a birthplace. Another generation soon followed with the birth of James Scot on February 24 1740. You will notice the spelling of our name is only with one T but, take heart we get tt in the next generation with the birth of James Scott on September 24 1770 in Dailly Ayr Ayrshire.
James Scott married Christian Sinclair in Edinburgh Midlothian Scotland on November 20 1793, they had four sons James, Robert, Henry and William.
Robert Scott married Agnes Reid and they had two children a son Joseph (who later became a Sea Captain sailing the seas in great schooners) and a daughter Mary.
Joseph through his many travels as a Sea Captain met and married a lady from Normandy France her name - Ann Dupong. Joseph and Ann had seven children, six sons and one daughter. One son Hugh Dupong Scott met and married Elizabeth Logan on June 8 1899 in Scotland. Hugh came to Canada in 1914 to build ships for the Canadian Government in the First World War. His wife and family emigrated to Canada at the close of the war in 1918.
Now, come with me as we travel through time to see who your ancestors were and to the present to know who your relatives are...........
- Barbara Ann