Category Archives: General History

The Laird of Monzievaird

In 1684, a small group of Scottish families left their homeland to seek their fortune in the New World. Since the venture was funded by James Drummond, the fabulously wealthy Lord Chancellor of Scotland, it was known as the Earl of Perth Expedition. Three Sutherland brothers were part of those settlers. One of them, William Sutherland, may have been our ancestor. Continue reading


Far north in the Scottish Highlands, the counties of Sutherland and Caithness define the furthest boundaries of mainland Scotland. The word “sutherland” is derived from Old Norse suðr land or “suthroen”. Sutherland lies to the south of Iceland and the Viking colonies on Orkney and Shetland islands Continue reading