About the Author: Dr. Jeremiah P. Spence, Ph.D.
Dr. Spence is a retired university professor of global media studies, a published author and a professional genealogist with over 20 years of experience. Dr. Spence received his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin (USA) and has lived and worked in Mexico, Brazil, the Netherlands and Belgium before returning to his native Texas where he currently resides. Dr. Spence is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Writers Union, NYC. To date, Dr. Spence has published over 30 genealogy books on historical families from the United States, Italy, the Netherlands and Scotland, in addition to his numerous academic and professional publications.
In 2017, while living in Brussels, Belgium, and after a heath setback, Dr. Spence decided to dedicate himself to the study of the Spens and Spence families in and from Scotland. Before that point there was remarkably little written and even less published about these families.
In 2018 Dr. Spence published nine volumes of history and compiled genealogies on the Spens families. This can be seen on the 2018 Clan Spens books page. It was not until the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 that Dr. Spence had an opportunity to revisit the Clan Spens research. Not being about to leave your home for six months can encourage a surprising degree of productivity.
It is during this period that this website was created and a new series of more in-depth books are being designed. Currently, this project encompasses some 18,000 persons from the year 1150 to the present, both born in Scotland, as well as, in dozens of countries worldwide where Scottish person emigrated to over the years.
Dr. Spence and his immediate family, who have resided in Texas (USA) for several generations, descend from the Clan Spens Affiliated Family: Spence of Abbeville County, South Carolina (USA), and this family is descended from the Clan Spens Affiliated Family: Spens of Berryhill Farms (Fifeshire). According to the historian Burke, Spens of Berryhill is a branch of the Ancient Feudal Family Spens of Lathllan (Fifeshire).
While this relationship might seem rather dubious, a recent DNA study found that the nearest DNA relative of Dr. Spence was none other than the uncle of the 4th Lord Baron Spens in London. This would seem to cement the relationship between these long, lost Spence people in America and the Spens of Lathallan family, including their descendents like the Lord Spens.
Dr. Spence’s goal in this research project is to create useful resources that can serve to communicate and preserve the history of Spens and Spence families in and from Scotland that have come and gone over the centuries.
When resources permit Dr. Spence makes a practice of donating collections of his published research to libraries and research centers around the world.
The 2018 Clan Spens book collection can be found in the: Carnegie Public Library and History Center in Bryan, Texas (USA); Clayton Genealogical Library, Houston, Texas (USA); Genealogical Collection, New York Public Library, New York City (USA); Scottish Genealogy Society Library & Family History Centre, Edinburgh (Scotland); Fife Family History Society Library, Cupar, Fifeshire (Scotland); as well as, several deposit libraries in both England and Scotland.
Should you have specific feedback or enquiries, feel free to email Dr. Spence at: [email protected]