It is for various reasons that in the past members of Clan Ross settled in the Netherlands.
|Scots Church, Rotterdam|
|Regiment Gordon, 1757|
With the rise of the industry as a result of the Industrial Revolution which started in Great Britain, many inhabitants of the highlands went to industrial places like Glasgow. The development of the industry went quick and offered opportunities for those who wanted to secure a fair existence with the help of knowledge and experience gained in Scotland.
Besides the earlier mentioned reasons, many a Scotsman seized the opportunity to earn his money by signing up as a sailor. Of them, many stayed in the foreign harbours which they visited. This shows from the register of banns in Amsterdam between 1578 and 1811. From this period 1100 registrations are known concerning Scots subjects. Most of the men involved had as profession 'varensgesel' (sailor).
Many of those who came over from Scotland and settled in the Netherlands were admitted in the Community and begot descendants. Some of them, interested in their roots, started to do some investigation. Especially through genealogical research they did stumble on a Scottish ancestor that aroused their interest for Scotland and the Clan system. (See also our genealogical page)
The above-mentioned applies also for our own family. Over a period of several years we gained lots of experience about genealogy. Besides this we were able to come into contact with several Clan Ross Associations and David Ross of Ross and Balnagown, the chief of Clan Ross.
With this site we like to help anyone who is interested to know more about this subject. If you have questions don't hesitate to contact us.
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