As for your father being proud of being Scots-Irish while not knowing the family history, he has good reason! Here are a few facts for you:
61% of American Presidents are of Scots or Scots-Irish descent.
9 of the signatures on the Declaration of Independence were from Scots descent.
9 of the 13 colony governors made in the new USA were Scots.
James Pollock, of Scots descent, put the slogan "In God We Trust" on American coins
35 U.S. Supreme Court Justices were of Scots or Scots-Irish descent, 25 of them are in the Great Americans Hall of Fame
A Scot, James Watt, developed the first efficient steam engine and in so doing started the Industrial Revolution
A Scot, John Logie Baird, invented the Television
A Scot, Kirkpatrick Macmillan, invented the bicycle
A Scot, John Napier, invented logarithms and the decimal notation
A Scot, John Paul Jones, founded the American Navy
A Scot, Alexander Fleming, discovered Penicillin
A Scot, William Paterson, founded the Bank of England
A Scot, Alexander Graham Bell, invented the telephone
A Scot, John Boyd Dunlop, invented the car tire
A Scot, Captain Patrick Ferguson, invented the breech loading rifle
A Scot, Henry Faulds pioneered the use of fingerprints as means of undisputed identity of people
A Scot, Robert Stirling, invented the Stirling engine in 1850. Stirling engines are being studied at NASA for use in powering space vehicles with solar energy
Scots comprise less than one-half of 1 percent of the world?s population, 11 percent of all Nobel prizes have been awarded to Scotsmen
There have been a high percentage us US Secretaries of the Treasury who were of Scots-Irish descent, but I can't recall the figure right now- if I recall correctly, it was around 40%, but don't quote me on that.
Famous Scots in American military history who weren't already mentioned:
Daniel Boone, frontiersman who wore dead animals on his head
Gen Arthur MacArthur and his son, Douglas MacArthur
Alexander Macomb, Gen. and hero of the War of 1812
William "Billy" Mitchell, Air Power advocate
Gen. George Patton, WWII
J.E.B. Stuart, Confederate Cavalry General
William Clark, of the Lewis and Clark expedition
Davey Crockett, who died at the Alamo amongst a force made up of approx 60% Scotch-Irish soldiers
John Paul Jones, REvolutionary War Naval hero
David Farragut, Civil War Naval hero
Finally, one more quote:
It's been seven months since the original post, buy hey- if Rindy can reply, the rest of us can also!
Maybe Saundra went back to "lurking mode" considering that first post took three months!
P.S. we don't bite.