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Texas/Scottish Connections





Most people are not aware of the fairly extensive historical ties between Texas and Scotland, including most Texans and most Scots. The state of Texas can trace its Scottish roots back to the days of Texas colonization and the fight for independence.


  • More than 40% of the original “300” Stephen F. Austin colonists were of Scottish ancestry. These Scots were a very unique and hardy breed, well suited for the struggles of a new land.
  • Among those who fought and died in the Battle of the Alamo were more than thirty men who were either Scottish born or of Scottish ancestry.
  • There was also a bagpiper at The Alamo, John MacGregor, who stood on the adobe walls in the midst of battle to pipe the men on in true Scottish tradition. It was rumored that MacGregor played his bagpipes along with Davy Crockett on his fiddle to entertain the men during their stressful days of siege
  • Many of those who fought and died for Texas’ independence were of Scottish descent including some of the most beloved heroes, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and Sam Houston. General Sam Houston was of Scottish ancestry tracing his roots to Houston, Renfrewshire.
  • Many, if not most, of the leaders in that struggle for independence were of Scottish ancestry including Stephen F. Austin, Peter Bailey, Henry Brewster, J.A. Brooks, David Burnet, Mathew Caldwell, Captain Ewan Cameron, S.P. Carson and Robert Cochran to name a few.
  • It was not just the famous Texans of Scottish descent, but the hundreds of Scottish pioneers and settlers who came to Texas with the intent and determination to remain and build their homes and families who have made a noteworthy contribution to the great heritage of Texas.
  • When ranching came to define Texas in the late 1800s, eager and ambitious Scots came directly from Edinburgh and Aberdeen to raise cattle and build railroads – and make money.
  • Aberdeen Angus Highland cattle were first exported from Scotland into Texas in 1883
  • Ten men from Scotland financed the building of the state capitol in Austin. In exchange the state government them 150,000 acres which became the famous XIT Ranch. The XIT stands for “Ten in Texas”.
  • Over half of the counties in Texas are named for persons of Scottish ancestry.
  • The names Houston, Dallas and Austin, to name a few, all have Scottish roots.


The Scottish-Texas Historical Society
Texas State Historical Association
New World Celts History Archives – Republic of Texas
Grampian-Houston Association
The Guardian Newspaper