A Very Fine Class of Immigrants: Prince Edward Island's by Lucille H. Campey

By Lucille H. Campey

Scots who opted for pioneer existence in Prince Edward Island are the topic of this e-book. Being the 1st of the "northern" colonies to be bought off in its entirety to owners within the overdue eighteenth century, P.E.I. obtained its Scots earliest, doing so even earlier than the beginning of the yank warfare of Independence in 1775. The colonization of Prince Edward Island via 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 large braveness and resolution and so much have been successful.

Previous reports of early Scottish emigration to the hot global have tended to pay attention to the miseries of evictions and the destruction of outdated groups. during this groundbreaking research of the inflow of Scots to Prince Edward Island, the generally held assumption that emigration used to be completely a flight from poverty is challenged. by means of uncovering formerly unreported send crossings, in addition to quite a lot of manuscripts and underused assets similar to customs files and newspaper transport reviews, the publication offers the main complete account thus far of the inflow of Scots to the Island. "A Very high-quality category of Immigrants" is key examining for people wishing to track family members hyperlinks or deepen their figuring out of the way and why the Island got here to procure its detailed Scottish groups. And by means of gaining access to, for the 1st time, delivery resources like Lloyd's record and the Lloyd's transport sign in, the writer brings a brand new measurement to our figuring out of emigrant shuttle. 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 on hand ships of the time.

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This culminated in their decision to emigrate. They were led by John MacDonald of Glenadale who was assisted by the behind the scenes efforts of Bishop John MacDonald, the Scottish Roman Catholic Bishop of that area. The combined effects of agricultural change and religion were thus important propelling forces behind emigration. In all, three Scottish settlements were launched in Prince Edward Island within five years of the lottery having taken place. The Island's location was an obvious attraction.

A second large group arrived in the early 1840s, as worsening economic conditions again PUSH, PULL AND OPPORTUNITY 13 stimulated emigration from Lord MacDonald's estate in Skye and they too headed for the Belfast area of the Island. By the time that these later contingents from Skye arrived on the Island, attitudes to emigration had undergone an amazing transformation. With the severe depression which followed the Napoleonic Wars, emigration increasingly changed from being seen as a threat to becoming a cure-all for the nation's social ills.

13 A second Skye party of around 400 sailed on the Polly, a forty-year-old ship, while a group from South Uist sailed on the Oughton which although not as old as the Polly, had been given a poorer rating at the time by the Lloyd's surveyors (Appendix 2). K 3KY, to St. the firft of Tuhe. The oav-ncr of the vvi~ ___ to be. r,ter and t\va barrels buVk otilmyagc t^r-each perfon,befkles fuFiclcot room to be left ititlus hold for provifi'U**. Whatever room remains in the yeflcl, to be at the Jifpofal of the owner.

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