July 17, 2014
By ROSA CICCIO | Hartford Courant
HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: Named by town settler Isaac Magoon after his native country.
ORIGINS: Originally part of Windham, the town began to take shape in 1700 when Magoon bought several hundred acres around Merrick's Brook in the southeastern section of town. Parish privileges were granted in 1732 and the area was named Third Society of Windham, though still locally known as Scotland. The town was incorporated in 1857.
PATRIOT SON: Scotland is the birthplace of Samuel Huntington, the self-taught lawyer who began his political career as a representative to the Connecticut General Assembly and went on to become chief justice of Connecticut Superior Court. As a member of the Continental Congress, where he served as president for two years, he signed the Declaration of Independence. It was during his tenure as president of the Continental Congress between 1779 and 1781 that Congress ratified the Articles of Confederation and adopted the name United States. Because of that, some consider him the nation's first president. He served as Connecticut governor from 1786 until his death in 1796.
DID YOU KNOW? Scotland is part of the Last Green Valley a 35-town National Heritage Corridor comprising towns in northeastern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts known for their rural character.