Reference Materials

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The following information has  been important in researching the various McCrummen – McCrimmon  histories. These authors have done exhaustive research over many years. As more information has become available through the Internet and more researchers reviewing original documents, some of the information and conclusions are now different. These differences are or will be noted in upcoming columns.


Update: Spring 2019

The primary source of genealogy and family history developed in the 1930’s by George Poulter and Clan Mac Crimmon Society is not referenced below. Recently rediscovered, the material is so significant it is noted separately on this site.


Reference Number

The reference number (RN:X) is used when needed.


Specialty Source
The articles referenced below include information about Donald Ruadh MacCrummen (b abt 1743 d 1825, London). He and family had immigrated from Skye to Anson Co, NC in 1773, where he purchased a 200 acre farm/plantation. He became a loyalist solider, fought in the Feb 1776 battle at Moore’s Creek, NC, escaped and was on the run for 2 years, arriving in Philadelphia in 1778. Captured at Yorktown, Virginia in Cornwallis’ surrender, eventually moved to Nova Scotia and later returned to Skye. He was a  Piper to MacLeod of MacLeod. 

Manuscript & Magazine Articles by Ruari Halford-MacLeod. Ruari has spent more than 30 years researching Donald Ruadh Mac Crummen. 


RN:20 The Best Piper of His Time. Lt. Donald MacCrummen and the National Academy of Pipe Music. 2018. Unpublished manuscript.


Clan MacLeod Magazine.
RN:21 The Best Piper of His Time. Pages 12 & 13. 9:54. 1982
RN:22 The Best Piper of His Time. MacCrimmon. Pages 66-72. 55. 1982.


North America Sources
RN:1 Carolina Scots. An Historical and Genealogical Study of Over 100 Years of Emigration. Douglas F. Kelly & Caroline Switzer Kelly. 1998. 1739 Publications. 


RN:2 Scattered Seed. Genealogical Research Data of Southeastern North Carolina. Myrtle N. Bridges. 1999. Genealogy Publishing Service. 

Please note: Based on my research, there is updated information on the parents of Alexander Wm McCrummen and his sister, Catherine McCrummen Campbell. The father was John McCrummen, not Daniel McCrimmon, as noted in Scattered Seed.


RN:3 The Highland Scots of North Carolina. 1732-1776. Duane Meyer. 1961. The University of North Carolina Press.


RN:4 Moore County. North Carolina. 1747-1847. Blackwell P. Robinson. 1956. Moore County Historical Association.


RN:5 Miscellaneous Ancient Records of Moore County, NC. Rassie E. Wicker. 1971. Moore County Historical Association.


RN:6 The History of Walton County (Florida). John L. McKinnon. 1911. The Byrd Printers. Electronic version by Google Books, from version in Library of Congress. 


RN:7 The Heritage of Walton County, Florida. 2006. The Walton County Heritage Book Committee.


RN:8 Roster of the Loyalists in the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge. 1992. B.G. Moss. Scotia-Hibernia.


RN:9 Map Guide to the US Federal Censuses, 1790-1920. Wm Thorndale and William Dollarhide. 1987. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.


Scottish Sources-Printed Books
RN:23 The MacCrimmon Pipers of Skye. A Tradition Under Siege. Robert Bruce Campbell. February 2003. Highland Media.


RN:24 The Piping Legends of the MacCrimmons of Skye. Robert Bruce Campbell. May 2006. Duntroon Publishing.


RN:25 The MacCrimmons of Skye. Hereditary Pipers to the MacLeods of Dunvegan. 1933. Fred T. MacLeod. F.S.A.(Scot). Henderson & Hamilton. Thanks to James McLeod, Shoreline, WA for providing a bound, hard copy of this book.


RN:26 Monro’s Western Isles of Scotland and Genealogies of the Clans. 1549. Edited by R.W. Munro. 1961, reprint 1993 for Clearfield Company, Inc. by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.


RN:27 The Book of Dunvegan. Being Documents from the Muniment Room of the MacLeods of MacLeod at Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye. V 1. 1340-1700. 1938. V 2. 1700- 1920. 1939.Editor, Rev. Canon R.C. MacLeod of MacLeod. Third Spalding Club. Thanks to James McLeod, Shoreline, WA for providing these two volumes.


RN:28 Harris In History and Legend. Bill Lawson. 2002. Reprinted 2006,2008. John Donald Publishers, imprint of Birlinn Limited.


eBooks & copyright free
RN:29 Scots and Scots’ Descendants in America. D. MacDougall, Editor in Chief. Caledonian Publishing Company. 1917. 


RN:30 History of the Outer Hebrides (Lewis, Harris, North and South Uist, Benbecula, and Barra). W.C. MacKenzie. Paisley: Alexander Gardner. 1903


RN:31 History of the Western Highlands and Isles of Scotland. Donald Gregory. London: Hamilton, Adams, and Co. Glasgow: Thomas D. Morison. 1881.


eBooks. Fees or purchase required.
RN:41 The Viking Highlands. The Norse Age in the Highlands.  2012. D. Rognvald Kelday.


RN:42 Saxons, Vikings, and Celts. The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland. 2006. Bryan Sykes. WW. Norton & Company. 2006.