I have been always asked about the relationship between the Drummond’s from the Azores Islands and the ones with the same surname in the Madeira Islands. The questioning regarding the connection between the Drummond families in those islands goes far back into the late 1400’s and also involves the Scotland Drummond family.
It is known in the history of the Drummond family from Scotland that John Drummond, son of Sir John Drummond (1419), travelled abroad in the later 1400’s and was never heard back . At the same time frame, Joam “Escorcio” appears in old records from Funchal – Madeira Island for the year of 1470. He is supposedly the link that connects with the Drummond clan from Scotland. Why I say supposedly? We do not have any concrete evidence that points to this assumption other than the family correspondence dating back to the 1500’s and which tries to establish a link between them.
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Being genetics helpful in solving brick walls in genealogy, an YDna test on a direct line from a Drummond found in Madeira and another from Azores would shed some light on this matter, bringing confirmation on the genetic link between those families.
If you want to learn a little more about the Drummond in Madeira and Scotland and the letters exchanged between these families, you can found them in two sources at the Internet Archive, as below:
- Malcolm, David. A genealogical memoir of the Most Noble and Ancient House of Drummond. Edinburgh, 1808.
- Drummond, William, 1st Viscount of Strathallan. A genealogical memoir of the Most Noble and Ancient House of Drummond. Edinburgh, 1831.
Family Tree Dna has a group on the Drummond's genetic and the external link is:
The Drummond and Drum** DNA Project: Patriarchs for all related spellings
Researching in Scotland? Take a look on this website about People of Medieval Scotland:
The book Antroponímia Primitiva da Madeira by Nunes & Kremer - is a relevant study about the names and surnames found in records from the Madeira island archives (XV and XVI). It is an incredible resource for genealogy, history and culture with several bibliographical references. Google books offer a limited view, but worth viewing.
If you are a Drummond descendant and would like to learn more about the Portuguese descendants, you can contact me leaving a message below.