A historian of note once told me that the number of Scottish citizens in the early days of Alexandria is not quite as high as some have written or said.
We quickly agreed, however, there were great numbers of Scots in the seaport and men like John Carlyle and William Ramsay played key roles in its founding and growth.
Put simply, Alexandria would not be the great city it is without the Scots.
In her book, "The History of Old Alexandria, Virginia," Mary G. Powell tells us.
Not only were the most prominent merchants of that nationality, but the vessels that came into port here were generally owned and commanded by Scots sea captains.
We thought a nice homage to this part of our heritage would be to create a word cloud, formed by the words of the dozen or so historical markers in Old Town that touch on the Scots.