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By Lucille H. Campey

Scots who opted for pioneer lifestyles in Prince Edward Island are the topic of this publication. Being the 1st of the "northern" colonies to be bought off in its entirety to owners within the overdue eighteenth century, P.E.I. got its Scots earliest, doing so even earlier than the beginning of the yank conflict of Independence in 1775. The colonization of Prince Edward Island through Scots takes us again to a interval while the method of emigration and cost have been of their infancy.

The Pioneer Scots of Prince Edward Island should still command our recognize. They confirmed great braveness and backbone and such a lot have been successful.

Previous experiences of early Scottish emigration to the hot international have tended to be aware of the miseries of evictions and the destruction of previous groups. during this groundbreaking learn of the inflow of Scots to Prince Edward Island, the commonly held assumption that emigration used to be exclusively a flight from poverty is challenged. through uncovering formerly unreported send crossings, in addition to quite a lot of manuscripts and underused assets comparable to customs documents and newspaper delivery studies, the e-book offers the main finished account to this point of the inflow of Scots to the Island. "A Very high-quality classification of Immigrants" is key examining for people wishing to track kinfolk hyperlinks or deepen their realizing of the way and why the Island got here to procure its special Scottish groups. And by means of gaining access to, for the 1st time, transport assets like Lloyd's record and the Lloyd's delivery sign up, the writer brings a brand new measurement to our realizing of emigrant go back and forth. Lucille H. Campey demonstrates that faraway from crusing on disease-ridden leaky tubs, as popularly imagined, the Island's Pioneer Scots often crossed the Atlantic at the most sensible to be had ships of the time.

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MacAuley had suddenly to re-negotiate the terms on offer. At the eleventh hour, the government, wishing to contain the rising tide of emigration, withdrew its support for Selkirk's Upper Canada scheme. The persistent Selkirk salvaged his venture by persuading the government to let him purchase land in Prince Edward Island instead. So, having sold local people on Upper Canada, Dr. ' There is no recorded date but the paper watermark can be dated to c. 1802. ] Kendram Going to America 1 Donald Nicolson 2 John Gillies 3 John Ross 4 Donald McLeod ] After agreeing to take their lands, sold their ] stock and mean to emigrate # 5 Rory McLeod Balmacqueen Going to America 6 John MacDonald Peingown and Osmigarry Going to America 7 John MacDonald Peenorcronan 8 Donald Buchanan goes to America Brogaig 9 Alexander Lament goes to America Balmeanach 10 Martin Martin goes to America Stenscholl 11 John Nicolson goes to America Clachan 12 Angus Betton goes to America Maligar 13 Donald McLeod goes to America 14 Donald Dochardy goes to America 15 Malcolm McLeod goes to America Upper Ollach 16 Donald MacSween goes to America # Shulishadermor 17 John Nicolson goes to America, he was to have been turned out and John Beaton to go in his place.

22 "On account of the probability of religion creating differences," Selkirk was convinced that the Skye and South Uist settlers should be kept well apart. His real concern was that his staunchly Presbyterian Skye settlers would react badly to having Catholics from South Uist as near neighbours. "23 Dr. MacAuley expressed similar sentiments, but somewhat more colourfully: "the bulk of the inhabitants of the Island consisted of entrapped Loyalists and illiterate Roman Catholic Highlanders, the latter float- 42 "A VERY FINE CLASS OF IMMIGRANTS" Memorial plaque to Lord Selkirk.

Although religious persecution lay behind the emigration surge of 1772, the emigrants had by no means come to a place which offered religious sanctuary. They were the persona non grata of the Island from the moment they stepped from their ships. A greater departure from the government's preferred Englishspeaking, Church of England immigrant stereotype is difficult to imagine. Of course, at a time when prejudices ran very deep, not just in Britain but throughout the colonies, Roman Catholics had to contend with widespread discrimination wherever they went.

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