Explore Local Scottish Legacy


At Counting House Museum

Exhibit Explores Local Scottish Legacy


Old Berwick Historical Society’s Counting House Museum exhibit, Unwilling Immigrants: From the Scottish Battlefield to the New World, 1650, is now open. The panel and touchscreen exhibit, produced at Durham University in England, is expanded at the Counting House Museum with a display of artifacts and images that recount the experience of the Dunbar battle prisoners who arrived in southern New Hampshire and Maine as indentured servants and settled in the Berwicks, leaving a long and proud Scottish legacy in the town of South Berwick.


The companion exhibit focuses on four soldiers from Scotland, who survived starvation, imprisonment, and travails at sea to become sawyers, farmers and carpenters in New England. It features items from the museum’s collection, including materials from the 17th-century Chadbourne house and sawmill site, as well as objects loaned from local collectors. The exhibit was partially funded by a grant from the NHSCOT Fund.


The Counting House Museum is open June-October on Saturdays from 1pm-4pm, and by appointment. For more information, visit www.oldberwick.org or call 207-384-0000. Free admission, donations gratefully accepted. 2 Liberty Street, South Berwick.