Mary Lee Becker
Disproving the existence of "Alistair MacCalinden."
Entry from the book, "Directory of Scots Banished to the American Plantations, 1650-1775," by David Dobson, pub 1983
Royalist soldier captured at Worchester. Transported on the 'John and Sarah,' master John Greene, from Gravesend to Boston 13 May 1652
[Note: NER stands for the "New England Historical and Genealogical Register]
So, thinking that I had found a very early record for a MacAlinden/McClendon, I went looking for the original ships list of these particular Scots prisoners of the Battle of Worchester (3 Sep 1651), who were transported aboard the ship 'John and Sarah,' which sailed from Gravesend, at the mouth of the Thames, on 8 Nov 1651 and arrived in Boston 13 May 1652.
I found the actual list of those particular transported prisoners in the following publication:
"New World Immigrants, Vol. I, a Consolidation of Ships Passenger Lists and Associated Data From Periodical Literature," edited by Michael Tepper, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc. 1979
Title: "Scotch Prisoners Deported to New England by Cromwell, 1651-52," by Charles Edward Banks (Massachusetts Historical Society Proceedings, LXI, October 1927- June 1928, 4-29)
"Prisoners from the Battler of Worcester"
"A List of the Passengers Aboard the "John and Sarah' of London, John Greene M[aste]r bound for
[The actual list of the names of the 261 prisoners]
"The Persons Afore Named Past from Hence in the Ship Afore Mentioned and Are According to Order
Registed heare. dat. Search Offise, Gravesend 8 November 1651.
Giles Barron, Edward Pelling, John Morris: Searchers"
In the above actual list of the Scottish prisoners transported aboard the ship 'John and Sarah,' who arrived in Boston 13 May 1652, there was no one named "Alistair MacCalinden."
The closest prisoner name listed was one, "Alinster Mackalinsten," whose surname was considered to be a mis-spelling of the surname "MacAllister," which makes complete sense, since "MacAllister" means the son of Allister.
So, there was apparently no record of any Scottish prisoner taken in the Battle of Worcester with the name of Alistair MacCalinden.
Another myth busted.
Researched and posted by
Mary Lee McClendon
McClendon DNA Project