The Plantation of Ulster by Scots in the seventeenth century is a well-established fact. Genealogists, however, require very specific reference material which is generally missing form the published accounts of the migration of up to 100,000 Scottish Lowlanders to northern Ireland at that time.
Part Four of Scots-Irish Links, 1575-1725 attempts to identify some of these Scots settlers and is based mainly on contemporary primary source material found in Ireland and Scotland. A substantial number of the entries listed are based on documentary evidence held in the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh, especially rent rolls, estate papers, church records and port books.
Within a few generations, the descendants of these Ulster Scots emigrated in substantial numbers across the Atlantic where, as the Scoth-Irish, they made a major contribution to the settlement and development of Colonial America.
Taken from: David Dobson, Introduction to Later Scots-Irish Links, 11575-1725 Part Four, (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004).