North Carolina-Scotland County-October 19

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-October 19

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

Scotland County is important to our family because that is where my wife is from. She spent much of her childhood in Laurel Hill, NC. That is also where my wife and I were married. Map of Scotland County is outlined in red found below.


As its name suggests, Scotland County is a region steeped in Scottish heritage and history. Although the early Cheraw Indian tribes were the first in the area, the Highland Scots, along with English and Quaker settlers, colonized the region as early as the 1720s.

The county was carved out of Richmond County in 1899. Laurinburg, chartered in 1877, is the governmental seat for Scotland County. Laurinburg draws its name from the McLaurin family, a notable Scottish clan that accompanied the early Highland settlers to the region.

Much of the county’s historical aspects draw from the Scottish lineage that is a significant part of the county. St. Andrews Presbyterian College, a model of the original Christian university in Scotland, was instituted in 1958 in Laurinburg.


The Scottish Heritage Center, located inside the college, houses numerous texts, books, and artifacts that provide a glimpse into early Scottish settlement.

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