The Scottish Pioneers of Upper Canada 1784-1855,
Glengarry and Beyond.
Price: $28.95 CAD | $22.95 USD
Glengarry, Upper Canada’s first major
Scottish settlement, was established in 1784 by Highlanders from
Inverness-shire. Worsening economic conditions in Scotland, coupled with a
growing awareness of Upper Canada’s opportunities, led to a growing tide of
emigration that eventually engulfed all of Scotland and gave the province its
many Scottish settlements. Pride in their culture gave Scots a strong sense of
identity and self-worth. These factors contributed to their success and left
Upper Canada with firmly rooted Scottish traditions.
Individual settlements have been well observed, but the overall picture has
never been pieced together. Why did Upper Canada have such appeal to Scots? What
was their impact on the province? Why did they choose their different settlement
locations? Drawing on new and wide-ranging sources author Lucille H. Campey
charts the progress of Scottish settlement throughout Upper Canada. This book
contains much descriptive information, including all known passenger lists. It
gives details of the 550 ships, which made over 900 crossings and carried almost
100,000 emigrant Scots. The book describes the enterprise and independence shown
by the pioneers who were helped on their way by some remarkable characters such
as Thomas Talbot, Lord Selkirk, John Galt, Archibald McNab and William Dickson.
Providing a fascinating overview of the emigration process, it is essential
reading for both historians and genealogists.
Scots were some of the provinces earliest pioneers and they were always at the
cutting edge of each new frontier. They were a founding people who had an
enormous influence on the province’s early development.
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