Gourock Bay, Gourock/Greenock Scotland, where in July 21, 1684 the Carolina Merchant ship sailed to Charleston SC carrying 148 then on to Port Royal SC with 49. In Port Royal the Scots established a settlement and they named it Stuart Town after their leader Henry Erskine, 3rd Lord Cardross’s wife Catherine Stewart.
Below information on, Carolina Merchant, the passengers, the 35 covenant prisoners and the Leaders including the Captain.
Henry Erskine, 3rd Lord Cardross, Rev William Dunlop, and Captain James Gibson were the leaders on board the Carolina Merchant with a group of over 100 emigrants and they established their own settlement called Stuart Town (near the now Beaufort, South Carolina). 35 were Covenanters banished from Scotland - 5 from 31 of the emigrants were the servants and entourage of both Cardross and Dunlop. 14 were servants of Walter Gibson ( Gibson brothers owned the Carolina Merchant)infering he was also part of the settlement plan. The fourth gentleman on board was John Montgomerie of Crevock.