The information at the Alford Association site seems to discourage any connection of Alfords to Scotland. I strongly disagree with this. My father, from Forsythe Co. NC, tells of his great uncles who came to NC from Scotland, and fished in the RIVER DEE -- a river in SCOTLAND, as well as in Cheshire. They were Presbyterians, too. ;-)And with a city in Scotland named Alford, I have to believe that people at some point in time -- who either settled or originated from the city -- were named Alford. And I can't discount the own stirring of my soul when I hear the swirl o' the bagpipes -- surely genetic. Finding the origin of Alfords is a real mystery.