He holds a Ph.D. and is an honorary research fellow with the University of Saint Andrews. One of his major focal points is Scotland’s link to North and South America. “Scottish Trade with Colonial Charleston, 1683-1783” is his latest book. In it, he discusses the various trades that Scots were involved in, like cabinetmaker, and in some cases he lists the names. He includes the slave trade and those involved in it. There’s a list of merchants in Scotland who traded with Charleston, as well as legal cases in Edinburgh with links to South Carolina, a list of the members of the St. Andrews Society in Charleston 1732-1776, and, most importantly, a list of “Scottish Merchants, Craftsmen, and Professionals in Colonial Charleston, 1675-1775.” This is an important book by a well-known author and is well worth checking out.
His second new book, “The People of Fife, 1600-1799,” is the latest addition to a long-running series he has written about different Scottish counties. The book contains an alphabetical list of residents and gives basic facts about occupation. It is certainly good documentation for anyone with a link to the County of Fife.