Epilogue to The Scots in Germany

Three updates conclude this series of posts:

FIRST UPDATE: A few months after I published a shorter version of this article in the Germanic Genealogy Society Journal, I was privileged to be given a copy of a portion of The Scots in Eastern and Western Prussia: A Sequel to The Scots in Germany—A Contribution towards the History of the Scot Abroad by Th. A. Fischer in 1903.
The entire volume includes three parts or chapters titled: The Scottish Trader; Military, Ecclesiastical and Other Matters: and Documents, the portion of the book of most interest to family historians as it contains the names of hundreds of Scottish settlers. It is outlined here in the hopes that it may be of interest to other family historians.

IX: Birth-briefs and Legitimations: from the Royal State Archives at Danzig (now Gdansk. Poland): information includes names, relationship, place of birth, occupation, witnesses, occupation of witnesses, and dates.
X: A list of Scotsmen who became burgesses of Danzig: from 1531 to 1710, some with occupations and locations. A separate list includes Scottish names also mentioned in Danzig.
XI: List of Thirty-Seven Scottish Krӓmers attending the fair at Wehlau 1644
XII: List of Scottish Members of the Guild of Merchants at Kӧnigsberg (Kneiphof): 1602 to 1749 and a separate list of “Guild members of the Alstadt”
XIII: List of Scottish Settlers and Burgesses at Kӧnigsberg up until 1700: 1561 to 1690
XIV: List of Scottish Settlers and Burgesses in other towns of Eastern and Western Prussia: 16 towns in Eastern Prussia and 9 in Western Prussia
XV: List of Scottish Burgesses at Posen: 1585 to 1713– This list also includes names of Scotsmen “hailing from” various places in Scotland. This section is written in Latin.
XVI: Letter of Captain William Moncrieff to the Magistrates of Danzig 1577: in German
XVII: Letter of the Elector of Brandenberg and Duke of Prussia to the Revd. Schlemüller In Kӧnigsberg
XVIII: Letter from the Magistrate at Edinburgh to Danzig, April 6th, 1605.
XIX: Letter of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to the Synod of the Reformed church in Lithuania: in Latin
XX: The Church Records of St. Peter, and Paul, and of St. Elizabeth at Danzig Marriage Register: 1573 to 1699
XXI: List of Names in the Baptismal Register: 1573 to 1641
XXII. Extracts from the Burial Registers in the Records of St. Peter and Paul’s Church at Danzig (1631-1681): organized by churches—St. Mary’s St. Peter and Paul’s, St. Elizabeth, St. Johann’s, and “elsewhere”
XXXIII: Schotte and Schottland: a description of the term: “Schott” which came to mean peddler in German.

An index was also included in the copy I received.

The full text of this volume is available at https://archive.org/details/scotsineasternwe00fisc


In the October 3rd post titled My Research during the Feefhs Conference I mentioned that I had found a listing for a Pritzkus Spurgatis in Kraupischkehmen, Kreis Insterburg! This was important because 1736 is now the earliest date I have found the Spurgat name anywhere, and the kreis was identified.

I recently learned from another researcher (whom I will discuss in an upcoming post) that Pritzkus is the Lithuanian name for Friedrich! This fact is more evidence of the Prussian-Lithuanian, rather than German, source of the Spurgat name. There is not always such a distinction in a first name between the Prussian-Lithuanian and the German language.


At the Family History Library in Salt Lake, I perused a book about Scots in Poland and shared it with a fellow researcher. https://familysearch.org
As we perused this book together, he remembered that one of his Polish “clients” had told him that her ancestors were Scottish. He wasn’t sure that he believed her until he had the book in his hands.

The following books may be helpful to other researchers.
Agents of change : Scots in Poland 1800-1918 by McLeod, Mona Kedslie
Papers relating to the Scots in Poland, 1576-1793 by Steuart, A. Francis; Scottish History Society Scots in Poland, Russia and the Baltic States, 1550-1850 by David Dobson
The search for Ursula Drummond : the Scots in Poland : an Ortell, Ortyl family legend and genealogy by Ortell, Gerald A.

One has only to google Scots in Poland and the names of the authors of these books to learn more about this fascinating subject.

About suwalkigermans

I started family research in 1993. My first two books focused on my maternal grandparents. Both families came from Kreis Rosenberg, West Prussia, to Big Rapids, Michigan. I left the Spurgats from Wylkowiszki in the Russian Empire as the third book because of the difficult and challenging research it required. After I published the book in 2010, I wondered what to do next. I thought I might try to share some of my research with others and maybe at the same time, by going digital, someone would find me. When you read the comments, you will see that happened. The best part of all this is helping others.
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