Heather Rojo

What do you know about the reasons for emigration from Scotland?

Not much.

If you live overseas yourself, where do you live and can you say a few words about your personal Scottish diaspora story?

One ancestor came to America in 1650 as a prisoner of war, he was captured at the Battle of Worcester and sent into servitude to Boston, Massachusetts. Another was a Presbyterian minister, in the later 1600s, he came to Boston because as a Calvinist he was accepted by the Puritans. They gave him a church in Eastham, on the end of Cape Cod. (They accepted him, but sent him about as far away from Boston as they could!)

Have any of your ancestors or members of your family emigrated? If so, where to? And do you know anything about their story overseas?

All my ancestors emigrated and came to America in the 1600s. I don’t have any Native American blood, so that is a lot of ancestors crossing the Atlantic. The first were 13 ancestors on board the Mayflower in 1620 (there were only 102 souls on board, so that’s a nice percentage of the passengers!).

What do you think is the legacy of the Scots abroad?

The Scots Irish are better known than the Scots here in New England.

Ending with something light-hearted: what did you think when first looking at the image called ‘Piper Kerr and Emperor penguin’?

Brrrrr, chilly, don’t you think?

One thought on “Heather Rojo

  1. Fascinating that one of your ancestors came as a prisoner – many people only think of Australia as a penal colony, and obviously it was that, but prior to Britain sending prisoners to Australia, North America was their principal destination. So to learn about your family’s example is very interesting. Also fascinated to hear you say that the Scots Irish are better known in your area.

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