The Caledonian Society

      With Scottish names in The Netherlands

               's-Gravenhage 25 January 1973


Dutch-Scottish Genealogic and Cultural Association

The Netherlands 's - Gravenhage 25th January 1973.


The Caledonian Society started by Mr.P.C.Douglas and Mr.E.J.Mac Gillavry. In the forty years of its existence, The Caledonian Society was practising Genealogic and Heraldy.


Scottish family Clannnames from members in or archives

A. Abercrombie,Aberkrom,Adam, Aiton, Allen, Amstrong, Averson.

B. Balfoort, Balfour, Ballintine, Blackborn, Bu(o)chanan, Bogie, Borthwick, Brown, Bruce, Bruyce, Butler.

C.Campbell, Carley, Colyear, Cowan, Craig, Creychton, Crouder, Crum, Cunningham.

D. Davidson, Donald, Dorward, van Dumaglas, Dun, Dunbar, Duncan, Dunrie, Dundasn Douglas, Douw.

F. Falcorner, Fenlison, Ferguson, Forbes, Fearn, Fraser.

G. Gillavry (Mac Gillivray), Gordon, Grant, Gunn.

H. Hamilton, Henderson, Hendrikson, Houston, Hutchison.

K. Kaim, Kajim, Kayim, Kennedy, Keen, Kean/Keene, Kentie, Kincaid, Kinket.

L. Leith, Lengkeek, Livingston, Loban.

M. Mac Bean, Mac Coll of Mul, Macdaniel, Mac Donald,Macinroys,  MacKay, Mackaay, Mac Kendricks,

     Mac.Kenzie, Mackintosh, Mac Lean, Mac Kloet, Mac Lenman, Mac Neill, Macpherson, Mac Quelijn,

     Mac in Roy, Makking, Marjoribanks, Matezon, Matheson, Menzies, Meston, Morré, Munro, Murdoch,


O. Ogg, Oggelbie, Oglivy.

R. Robbinson, Robertson, Ross.

S. Scot, Sempel, Seton, Sinclair, Sjerp (Sharp), Skene, Story, Stuart, Sutherland.

T. Tayler, Thomasson, Treels, Trimble.

U. Urquart.

V. Veder (Vether).

W. Wallace, Wallis, Wildy,Willekes, Wilson, Witness, Wright, Wood.

Y. Young. 



Historical Information

in or Archives.

British Regiments employed since the reign of Queen Elizabeth and King James I in the formation and defence of the Dutch Republic, particularly of the Scotch Brigade.- London 1794.

More information about Scots Brigade in The Netherlands are in or archive and Library.

Scots Brigade between the Dutch army from the 16e, 17e and 18e century in the Netherlands.



In our archive and library are publications about members of The Caledonian Society with Scottish backgrond. Also the interest in the Scottish History and the Cultural aspects was taken into consideration in ore communication booklet largely. The Netherlands en Scotland know themselves linked by the trade contacts whith dates beck to the 12e centuries in the period 1573-1782 the Scots Brigade was an important component in The Dutch Army.

The regiment started life in Dutch service as the 'Scots Brigade' in 1568 under the rule of the Earl of Moray, acting as regent for the newly-crowned teenage James VI (later also James I of England). Wanting to bolster his reputation as a good Protestant, that year Moray sent a ‘Scots Brigade’ to the Netherlands to demonstrate his support for its rebellion against Catholic Spain. It remained in the Netherlands for over a hundred years and swore loyalty to the Dutch Republic in 1665.

In 1665 the regiment took the 'Oath of Allegiance' to the Dutch states General and declined to return to Scotland. The brigade then stayed in Scotland from 1688 to 1692 before returning to the Netherlands. In 1783 it refused to accept orders in Dutch, and Dutch army uniforms, and returned to Scotland. 11 years later it was placed on the British establishment as the ‘Scotch Brigade’.

In 1794 the regiment rebelled against taking orders in the Dutch language and were taken onto the British establishment in October of that year, as the 'Scots Brigade'. It was renumbered as the 94th Regiment of Foot in December 1802.


In the Second World War The Scots Brigade and The Princes Irene Brigade where important by the liberation in the Battle between The Germans in the province Zeeland and Brabant.

A Tartan Dress was special affected by John Cargill in 1965 for "The Scots Brigade - Dutch Brigade". In the Colours Orange and Bleu.

Tartan of The Dutch and Scots Brigade

More information about genealogy of Scottish family roots in The Netherlands wil be save for the future in or archives on the central adres;

If you have any futher questions, plase don't hesitate to contact us.

Kind Regards, Alister Willemsen-Young.