4. Dugal McQueen, Scottish Rebel and Gateway Ancestor to Royalty

Sorry for this repetition. I accidentally deleted this post from my Bolesbooks Facebook page, and the only way I can figure out how to get it back is to repost it.

The Genealogist's Craft

Dugal McQueen arrived in Maryland in 1716 aboard the ironically named “Friendship”, probably in chains and certainly under edict never to return to his native Scotland. He had been captured the previous autumn at the battle of Preston, part of the doomed first Jacobite rebellion aimed at restoring the Stuarts to the throne. Given a choice between exile and the barbaric ritual of hanging, drawing, and quartering, he and his fellow transportees had sensibly chosen exile.

From this ill-starred beginning descended a numerous and prosperous American family. It included the actor Steve McQueen, star of The Blob, The Great Escape, The Cincinnati Kid, The Sand Pebbles, Bullitt, The Getaway, Papillon, and many other films of the 1950s through 1980 [1]. He was my distant cousin, for I descend from Dugal McQueen through my grandfather Loren Ellsworth Bowers.

My genealogical interest in Dugal has been intense, because he is my…

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