John Hamilton, Scottish Prisoner of War

Notes and Yahoo Group correspondence regarding, John HAMILTON, Scottish Prisoner of War:

From Teresa R.:

“John Hamilton, was born in Scotland about 1634, and died between 1680-1681, in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He married Christian in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts in 1666. She was born 1647 in Concord and died in Concord, Massachusetts.” – Teresa R.

From Teresa R. in January 2008:

“I have been reading up on the history of the Battle of Dunbar this week, since this seems to be our only connection at this point to the possible origin of our John Hamilton.

I have found that the battle began as a defense of Edinburgh against Cromwell’s offense. And then it moved to near Dunbar where Cromwell retreated to get resupplied at the port of Dunbar. Accounts say that it was led by the extreme Calvinist Presbyterians and that they removed all non-Presbyterians which included a lot of the professional soldiers and resulted in the Scots army being comprised of many “raw” recruits. One account even calling it an “army of clerks and ministers’ sons.” My point being that it does appear that much of the 25,000 strong Scots were probably from Edinburgh. If he is a prisoner of war this is probably a good place to start. (Edinburgh)” – Teresa R.

Other Sources:


“The Rev. John Cotton wrote a letter reporting on the condition of the prisoners “to the Lord General Cromwell, dated at Boston in N. E, 28th of 5th, 1651:”
“The Scots, who God delivered into your hands at Dun­barre, and whereof sundry were sent hither we have been desirous [as we could] to make their yoke easy.
“Such as were sick of the scurvy or other diseases have not wanted physick and chyrurgery.  They have not been sold for slaves to perpetual servitude, but for 6 or 7 or 8 years, as we do our owne; and he that bought the most of them buildeth houses for them, for every four an house, layeth some acres of ground thereto, which he giveth them as their owne, requiring 3 dayes in the week to worke for him [by turnes] and 4 dayes for themselves, and promiseth, as soone as they can repay him the money he layed out for them, he will set them at liberty.”

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