Hello.Am new to this genealogy stuff, so please bear with me.Saw your message posted sometime ago re:Sproats coming from Castle Douglas Kirkcudbright area and that we can supposedly "wear the Douglas colors, which would make me think that we either lived under their protection in the middle ages, or else the Sproats were related to the Douglas family in some way." My ggrandfather (inlaw) Wm Sproat was supposedly born in Glasgow but I have been unable to find him in the census records there.He shows up on 1910 US Census as age 44 widowed with 4 children which puts his birth sometime +/- 1866 (wife name Bridget)-- too early for Ellis Island records and too late for other immigration records that only go to 1880.In that same census he appears as having immigrated to US in 1888. As for Kirkcudbright connections, I did come upon this in my netwanderingtravels around:http://www.old-kirkcudbright.net/books/lochs.htmhttp://www.old-kirkcudbright.net/books/lochs.htm. about a Sproat sailing fleet in the 1800s.And came across this reference in another forum:"Andrew Sproat of Hartford, Conn., came from Scotland only a few years ago. He left many relatives in the south of Scotland, among them his oldest brother, William, who has charge of Castle Douglas, in Laurieton, Dumfrieshire. The position of keeper of the castle and grounds seems to be a sort of legacy to the William Sproat. For six generations at least men of that name have filled the position." If you have other information or care to share, please email me.Hope you are finding other Sproats out there who are sharing. Best regards.