Any proof of 17th c. Sheriff James Veitch's ancestry?
Thirteen years ago, I posted a query to this board asking anyone (especially the Veitch Historical Society) for proof of the claimed Scottish ancestry of Sheriff James Veitch of 17th century Maryland. And none has been forthcoming.
Sorry, but information in the book We Veitches is NOT proof. And I don't mean smoking-gun proof. The book doesn't even offer a smidgen of circumstantial evidence. It shows an ancient Scottish Veitch pedigree containing the name James (at about the right age), and proclaims him Sheriff James Veitch of Maryland.
Also, the Scottish Lord Lyon issuing arms to the Veitch society is also not proof. The Lord Lyon issues arms to organizations (and corporate entities) all the time. If anyone can offer evidence that the Lord Lyon issued the arms solely on the basis of the Sheriff's proven ancestry, then that would be different.
After 13 years, does anyone have an update to this claim, any evidence however small? Trust me, I hope it's true. But I have no interest claiming anyone else's family as my own without (any) evidence.
I would have thought the Veitch Historical Society (especially its historian) would have been very eager to authoritatively establish what we know, and what we do not know.
Thoughts anyone....after 13 years?