Professor emeritus of Heriot-Watt University, Geoff Palmer, whose mother was a West Indian woman with a Scottish name, has also noticed it:
"I have a Jamaican telephone directory, and I would say that about 60% of the names in it are Scottish," he says. West Indians with Scottish names acquired them from slave owners and slave drivers, a huge proportion of whom were Scots. Some fathered children with slaves while others simply imposed their names on them.
"Most Scots are completely ignorant of this," says Palmer. He points to the nationalist Scottish government's Homecoming Scotland next year - a festival to welcome back the Scottish diaspora with a series of events like a great clan pageant. There is no mention of the West Indies anywhere in the publicity material: "This event is being marketed in Canada, New Zealand, Australia. Why are they not inviting people from Jamaica with Scottish names?"
"Why not" is probably a difficult question for the SNP to answer; it’s not a question of direct racism, but more wishing to present their own sanitised narrative of history in which the Scottish would always play the oppressed, never the oppressor. Unfortunately, history, as opposed to its interpretation, rarely can be packaged into such convenient (and marketable) boxes This article on the subject in The Guardian is worth the further reading, especially the Scottish National party MSP Christine Grahame’s prickly response to the leading historian, Professor Tom Devine’s (author of Scotland’s Empire)"revisionist" views.