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Celebrities with Scottish Ancestry


2.7 million Americans are reported to have Scottish ancestry – Have you ever wondered which of them are well known celebrities? We have been doing our research and discovered some famous names and faces which can trace their ancestors have to Scotland! Maybe you could be in the same bloodline as none other than Elvis Presley or Eminem…


Elvis Presley is one of the most famous people that ever lived. He is quite often referred to as ‘The King of Rock’. Elvis was famous for his music, breakthrough dance moves and acting in many popular films. One of the lesser-known facts about Elvis is that he actually has Scottish roots. Elvis himself only ever set foot on Scottish soil once in his life where he was catching a connecting flight from Glasgow Prestwick on his way to Germany whilst serving his country in the army during World War II but his family tree can be traced back to a small village in Aberdeenshire called Lonmay. The connection that has been made is from Andrew Presley who emigrated to America in the 1700s and has roots linking him to Elvis’s father Vernon.


Another very well known musician with Scottish ancestry is Johnny Cash – one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. It is said that the Cash family arrived on American shores from Scotland in the 17th Century – although it is said that his Scottish family tree goes back much further than this and links him back to Malcolm IV. Cash had been described as being ‘obsessed’ with his Scottish roots and he even travelled to Fife, Scotland several times where he felt he had an emotional connection.


Donald John Trump, Sr. is an American business magnate, investor, television personality and author. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Trump has always been keen to point out that his mother, Mary MacLeod, came from Stornoway, in the Outer Hebridies of Scotland. Born in 1912, she grew up on a croft on the Isle of Lewis with her parents, before moving to New York around the age of 20 where she met Donald’s father, Frederick Trump, who would himself soon become a millionaire.


The star of Walk The Line and Legally Blonde can trace her scottish roots back to Edinburgh-born Presbyterian minister John Witherspoon, who emigrated to America in the late 1700s. Eight years later, he was one of only two Scottish signatories to the American Declaration of Independence. He also spent time in the town of Beith in Ayrshire before moving overseas, giving the scots an excuse to name a new development Witherspoon Grove.


Controversial rap singer Eminem’s ‘great-great’ grandmother comes from Scotland. Is is said that the worldwide hip hop star’s granny Betty, revealed the family can trace their roots back to Edinburgh to a woman named Ailsa Macalister. She emigrated to America and came to New York with her family in 1870, before moving on to Kentucky two years later.