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BUCHANAN, James (1791-1868) 15th US President

Scots-Irish descent.


CARTER, Jimmy b. 1924 39th US President

Scots-Irish, English descent.

CROCKETT, Sir Andrew. (1943 – 2012)

Born in Glasgow, he was an economist with a flair for policy analysis who helped to transform the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and the BIS (Bank for International Settlements). He has been the only Briton to have held the prestigious post of general manager of the BIS, previously dominated by Europeans.

FILLMORE, Millard (1800-1874) 13th US President

Scots English descent.

GRANT, Ulysses S (1822-1885) 18th US President

Scottish Descent.

HAMILTON, Alexander (1755 or 1757-1804) Bank of New York

Diaspora. Born in Charlestown, capital of the island of Nevis in the Leeward Islands. His father, James A Hamilton was the fourth son of Scottish laird Alexander Hamilton of Grange, Ayrshire. He was a founding father of the United States ad one of the most influential men of his generation. Among his many achievements he established the nation’s financial system including the US Mint, and founded the Bank of New York.

HAMILTON-GORDON, Arthur (1829-1912) 1st Baron Stanmore

Governor of New Zealand 1880 to 1882, and High Commissioner of the West Pacific.

HAYS, Rutherford Birchard (1822-1893) 19th US President

Scottish Descent

JACKSON, Andrew (1767-1845) 7th US President

Scots-Irish Descent

James Andrew Broun-Ramsay, Marquess of Dalhousie (1812-1860)

Born and Died at Dalhousie Castle, in Midlothian, Scotland (1812-1860). Governor-General of India, he carried out the peaceful annexation of the Punjab. His major contribution to India was the introduction of railways and the telegraph.

JOHNSON, Andrew (1808-1875) 17th US President

Scottish descent.

JOHNSON, Lyndon Baines (1908-1973) 36th US President

Part Scots-Irish descent.

Lord John Boyd Orr (Nobel Prize Winner)

Born Kilmaurs, Ayrshire (1880-1971). As first Director of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Boyd-Orr was the architect of food policies aimed at helping the undernourished poor of the world. For his efforts in that domain he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947.

MCKINLEY, William (1843-1901) 25th US President

Scottish descent.

MONROE, James (1758-1831) Fifth US President

Scottish descent

PATERSON, William FRS (1755-1810)

Born Montrose, Scotland. He was a soldier, explorer, administrator and botanist who collected plants in South Africa and Australia. He was appointed Lieutenant Governor General of Tasmania, and later appointed Governor of New South Wales.

POLK, James Knox (1795-1849) 11th US President

Scots descent

RAMSAY, George 9th Earl of Dalhousie (1770-1838)

Born at Dalhousie Castle, Midlothian, Scotland. He served as Governor of Nova Scotia, Governor General of British North America, and Finally as Commander-in-Chief in India. He was the father of James Broun Ramsay Governor-General of India.

REAGAN, Ronald (1911-2004) 40th US President

Scots-Irish, English descent.

ROOSEVELT, Theodore (1858-1919)

Scottish descent. Link


A Scottish botanist, b. Paisley, Renfrewshire (1794-1861). Made important plant collections in the Cape of Good Hope, the Mediterranean Sea,  the South American coast, California, Mexico, Central America and Brazil. Further collections were made in Australia and the Bay of Islands. in 1844 he was appointed Colonial Secretary for New Zealand, and is credited with creating the first effective civil service in that country.

SINCLAIR, Sir John of Ulbster (1754-1835)

Born Thurso, Scotland. He was responsible for creation of the Board of Agriculture, of which he was the first president. It was the precursor of what is known today as the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food. His Statistical Account of Scotland was compiled during the years 1791 to 1799 in 21 volumes. It was based on returns of formulated questionaires from the ministers of every parish in Scotland, and was the beginning of today’s census. During that mammoth task he was the first to use the words statistics and statistical in the English language. In 1793 the UK government adopted his plan for the issue of Exchequer Bills, saving the possibility of financial ruin. He was also one of the first to record details of certain Scottish archaeological sites.

The Declaration of Independence (1776)

Of the 56 original signatories 9 were Scots.

TRUMAN, Harry S (1884-1972) 33rd US President

Scots-Irish descent.

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