Lecture: Involuntary Americans: Scottish Prisoners in Early Colonial Maine

Online Event (Skype Call)

Dr. Carol Gardner will detail the lives of some of Maine’s earliest settlers: prisoners of war who were sent to Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts against their will in 1650-1651. As forced laborers and later as free men, these soldiers left their marks on early New England society. Evidence of their existence is with us still. Dr. Gardner’s recently published narrative history of the same title chronicles the life and times of Scottish foot soldier Thomas Doughty, who was captured at the Battle of Dunbar, shipped to Boston, sold to a Puritan industrialist in New Hampshire, and eventually established his own milling operation on the Saco River in Maine.

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