Early Texas Scots
Over 40% of the original “300″ Steven F. Austin colonists were of Scottish ancestry and over half of the counties of Texas are named for persons of Scottish descent. Many of them were Scots who came from Ireland, the Scots-Irish were a unique and hardy breed, well suited for the struggles of a new land.
Fight for Texas Independence
On October 2, 1835 Mexican soldiers attempted to remove a canon from the town of Gonzales. This attempt was thwarted by the people of the town. This act of defiance was probably the start of the Texas Revolution.
Sam Houston, the “Commander-in-Chief” of the Texas forces had an appeal for volunteers
printed in a newspaper.
Freemen of Texas
To Arms !!! To Arms!!!!
“Now’s the day, & now’s the hour.”
The phrase “Now’s the day, & now’s the hour” is from a well-known poem by Robert Burns, “Scots Wha Ha’e,” attributed to Robert the Bruce. Sam Houston was known to have a deep love for the works of Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland, and carried a book of his poetry!
Many of those who fought and died for Texas’ independence were of Scottish (Scots-Irish) descent including some of our most beloved heros, David Crockett, Jim Bowie, and Sam Houston. Most of the leaders in that struggle for independence were of Scottish ancestry, including Stephen F. Austin, Peter J. Bailey, Henry P. Brewster, J.A. Brooks, David Burnet, Mathew Caldwell, Capt. Ewen Cameron, S.P. Carson, Robert Cochran, just to name a few.
Among those who fought and died in the Battle of the Alamo there were thirty men of Scottish ancestry and four native Scots (Richard Ballentine, John MacGregor, Isaac Robinson, and David L. Wilson. ( http://www.scotshistoryonline.co.uk/alamo.html). Piper John MacGregor stood on the adobe walls in the midst of the battle to pipe the men on in true Scottish tradition. It was rumored that MacGregor played his bagpipes along with David Crockett on his fiddle to entertain the men during their stressful days of siege.
Picture: Predawn ceremony at the Alamo each year to commemorate the Battle on March 6th. Re-enactors led by piper Bill Jones of San Antonio! In honor of National Tartan Day each April, the Scots of San Antonio present wreaths to commemorate those of Scottish ancestry who died fighting for Texas Independence