Author Archives: Morvern French

The Conference and Next Steps

Conference As readers of this blog will know, a concluding conference for the Scotland and the Flemish People Project took place in St Andrews in mid-June. Details of the various sessions at the conference were set out in this blog … Continue reading

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Scottish Families with Possible Flemish Origins – A Summary

Over the past two years this blog has played host to a number of postings that have sought to provide evidence of a Flemish root for some specific Scottish families. This blog posting summarises the state of play so far. … Continue reading

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Additional Scottish Families with Possible Flemish Roots

Two weeks ago a blog posting examined a number of families that may, with varying degrees of probability, have Flemish roots. This blog posting examines a further two families – Bishop and Spalding – that may have had their origins … Continue reading

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More Scottish Families with Possible Flemish Roots

Over the last two years this blog has featured postings written by authors who have extensively researched their families and have concluded that they have Flemish roots. In this posting we draw your attention to a number of other names … Continue reading

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In the Name of the French Father

This blog posting, prepared by Dr Maarten Larmuseau, describes how a study of surnames led to genetic proof for a 16th century migration of French Catholics to Flanders. The work demonstrates, among other things, the fluidity in movement of the … Continue reading

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Flemish Migration to Scotland in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods

In last week’s posting Morvern French set out the main factors that had led to numbers of Flemish people leaving Flanders. In this week’s posting Morvern looks at the factors that led some to come to Scotland. Introduction The Flemings … Continue reading

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Medieval and Early Modern Migration from Flanders

In this first of two postings Morvern French examines factors that led to Flemish people leaving Flanders at various times during the medieval period. In next week’s posting Morvern looks at why some of these migrants decided to go to … Continue reading

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Migration from Scotland before 1700

Virtually all of the material posted on this blog to date has focussed on the migration to Scotland of people thought to have Flemish roots and their subsequent influence on the country. In this posting David Dobson explains why there … Continue reading

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Guns and Gunpowder in Late Medieval Scotland: Influences from Flanders

Among the materials that came to Scotland across the North Sea from Flanders in the medieval period were munitions of various types. In this extract from the November/December 2015 edition of History Scotland magazine, available now from www.celebrate-scotland.co.uk, Morvern French … Continue reading

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The Flemish in Moray, Part One

In this blog posting, as well as in next week’s, David Dobson examines the Flemish presence in the Moray area. Many of our readers who carry the name Murray, Sutherland, Duffus and Innes will be familiar with their possible ancestors, … Continue reading

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