References: A complete list of all sources used by the compilers would comprise
a bibliography probably as long as the book itself. References are noted at appropriate locations in the narrative and genealogical sections. In many cases, individuals provided much information and their names are recorded. Also, there were books upon which the compilers relied heavily for background historical information. The story of Jura and its people is superbly set out in Rev. Donald Budge's Jura: An Island of Argyll published by John Smith and Son, Limited, in Glasgow in 1960. An excellent study of the Scotch Highlander's migration and life in colonial North Carolina is The Highland Scots of North Carolina 1732-1776 by Duane Meyer published in 1957 by the University of North Carolina Press in Chapel Hill. Another folkish and interesting history of the early Scots of the Upper Cape. Fear was written by the famous North Carolina historian and genealogist Malcolm Fowler and is entitled They Passed This Way which was published by the Harnett County Centennial Committee in i955.
Acknowledgements; The compilers have enjoyed forming personal relationships with many splendid individuals who contributed information for this study. This book is really theirs. These people undertook the time-consuming and frequently thankless tasks of gathering the seemingly endless lists of names, dates, and places. The compilers owe each one of them a special debt of gratitude. Their names are listed throughout the book with their respective credits. If the compilers have overlooked anyone who contributed, it was not purposeful.
The late Robert Bernard Buie was an inspiration to both of the compilers. His original study of the Buie family stimulated further research which culminated in this present volume. Bernard never failed to give both valuable information and inspiring guidance. Mrs. Janet Kellerman worked many long hours typing the manuscript. Without her diligent efforts the book would have never been completed. Finally, the compilers offer their appreciation to their immediate families. Not only did they provide tremendous encouragement and assistance, but they also forfeited thousands of hours which the compilers promise to repay.
Apologies and Challenges: Both of the compilers received scientific educations and both are engaged in technical occupations. Therefore, the reader will readily find that the style of the book is basically fact-oriented. Thus, the compilers must apologize for any lack of literary imagination or creativeness. It is hoped that when the reader encounters errors in grammar or even spelling, he or she will overlook the compiler's weaknesses.
In a comprehensive study of this sort, there are undoubtedly many mistakes. Each source and contribution was copied as correctly as possible; however, numerous errors must have occurred. The compilers request the reader's patience when these unintentional untruths are discovered and heartily invite corrections and additions.
The research into the Buie family history has not concluded with this book. Certainly, this publication does not represent the definitive Buie genealogy. Many associations and relationships are yet to be discovered. Furthermore, many of the family groups are not completed. Specifically, the compilers encourage interested persons to expand the information on their particular family group.
Indeed, each family group could certainly be the subject of an entire separate book. Another interesting area of study would be an investigation of the more recent Scottish and Canadian Buie families. Finally, any further information on the early Buie families of Jura and North Carolina would be most rewarding. The compilers welcome any correspondence or exchange of data on these subjects.
Genealogy is both static and dynamic. Certain historical facts are irrefutable. Yet, families are continually changing. The compilers sincerely hope that this book has stimulated an interest in our ancestry and has given insight into from where and from whom we came. Perhaps a knowledge of our common ancestors' trials and accomplishments will strengthen our family bonds and help us contend with life's many challenges.