There is an excellent book, if you can find a copy:"Dingwalls for a Thousand Years." When I left the East Coast to move to California,I left my copy of the book with my brother, since he is carrying on the Dingwall name.The book was purchased in Dingwall, Scotland, by one of my sisters.It is very detailed and contains the Kirk records of the Dingwalls; for example, John Dingwall was fined for fornicating on a Sunday, Agnes Dingwall was fined for selling ale on a Sunday, John Dingwall was fined again for not paying the fine for his previous transgression.The kirk must have kept a pretty firm eye on the citizens; but it was a way of raising funds.In the meantime, The sect was not large enough to form a clan but was protected by the clans of the Ross and the Munro.The battle cry was "Castle Feulis is Burning."There was a castle of some sort there, since destroyed. Also, there was an asylum for lepers.I guess for soldiers returning from the Holy Wars - just a guess. Such information can also be found in the Encyclopedia Brittanica - or used to be in there; I haven't looked in the newer editions.I'm sure you know that Dingwallis actually Thinkwaller (Tingvoller) from the Scandinavians (Vikings) and means "meeting place of the council."I grew up in Liverpool, England, and was always told by my father that his people were from Dingwall, Scotland, but I don't know how sure one can be.Working class people in England did not have any research tools.However, I have been struck by two things.The Dingwall book mentioned above has all the names of my sisters and brothers:John, Alexander, Agnes, Colin, and etc.Is that a coincidence?Two other coincidences.A woman in Dingwall, Scotland, has identical handwriting to one of my sisters.More than one member of my family mistook it for her handwriting, so it was not my imagination.Also, there was a John Dingwall in Texas, an engineer, I believe, whose picture I saw years ago on in Life Magazine.He looked like a twin of my own brother, John Dingwall.Uncanny - but maybe another coincidence.If I am connected to the Dingwalls in Scotland, then I would like toknow how they came down to Liverpool.The why I can guess at.I suppose enclosures had a lot to do with it -- hard times and lack of work.Liverpool would have been a likely place to take off for the new world. If so, that last move was delayed until I took it upon myself to finish the journey.If anyone has information, and has had success in tracking down birth and death records in Dingwall, I'd appreciate knowing.Thanks.