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Zoom Talk on A Scottish Migration to Alexandria

Posted by Ellen Hamilton on

Please join me on Zoom!



December 8, 2021

7 - 8 pm


The Alexandria Library is hosting me on Zoom, a FREE event, where I will speak about my new book, A Scottish Migration to Alexandria!


Register Here for Ellen's Talk


At least five years in the making, and intended as a film, my new book tells the story of Scottish migration to America, featuring William Gregory, who settled in Alexandria. I managed to find descendants of William, who provided Gregory family letters, and letters from William himself, describing his journey to America aboard a wooden sailing ship in 1807. A Scottish Migration to Alexandria explains why millions of Scots left their home country, and what William found on his arrival in Alexandria, Virginia.


My talk will be accompanied by images from the book and possibly ones that did not make it in. I will speak for about 45 minutes, followed by about 15 minutes for questions and discussion.


Topics covered in this book are: Scottish history, Robert Burns, Union of 1707, Cotton revolution, Port Glasgow, Clyde River dredging, wooden sailing ships, early New York City, Alexandria Virginia history, War of 1812, Cotton industry in Enfield, Connecticut and Paterson, New Jersey, slavery, George Washington, George Washington Parke Custis, American Civil War.


I will definitely not cover all these topics in the talk! Hopefully you can take part in this FREE Zoom event.

A Scottish Migration to Alexandria, book cover Back cover, A Scottish Migration to Alexandria Pages of A Scottish Migration to Alexandria