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Subject: [Scotch-Irish] Re: Scotch-Irish-D Digest V02 #133
Date: Thu, 2 May 2002 01:09:12 EDT


RE: Crockett, Houston, etc.

Both of these names are Scottish - Crockett from Galloway (e.g. the Scottish
author S. R. Crockett from west of Dumfries), Houston anglicized from Gaelic
Uistan (sp? - the patronymic of Macdonald of Sleat, but not AFAIK limited to
that family) so it is understandable why some might claim Davy C & Sam H as
Scottish, especially if they or their ancestors were Presbyterian. Of
course, that doesn't preclude the same name from arising independently
elsewhere (or a similar-sounding name that would easily be assimilated into
the more familiar Scottish or Scotch-Irish versions). In Crockett's case, if
his family were Huguenots, they would have fit quite comfortably into a
Scottish or Scotch-Irish Presbyterian church based on similar beliefs and
Presbyterian form of church government and rituals, developed by Calvin &
others in French-speaking Geneva, and carried to Scotland by Knox & others;
even some of the music from the Scottish Psalter was taken from the Genevan
Psalter of 1551 (look in a Presbyterian or other Protestant hymnbook's index
of authors & composers for Louis Bourgeois, composer of the music used in
Scotland for e.g. the Old Hundredth "All People that on Earth do Dwell" and
for the Doxology "Praise God from whom all blessings flow"). Cork does seem
a bit far from Ulster, but just because the majority of "Scotch-Irish" came
from or through Ulster. I think it is a mistake to assume that there weren't
similar folk, though in likely far smaller numbers, elsewhere in Ireland.


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