By Lucille H. Campey
This can be the 1st absolutely documented and certain account, produced in recent years, of 1 of the best early migrations of Scots to North the United States. the arriving of the Hector in 1773, with approximately two hundred Scottish passengers, sparked an enormous inflow of Scots to Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. hundreds of thousands of Scots, frequently from the Highlands and Islands, streamed into the province through the overdue 1700s and the 1st half the 19th century.Lucille Campey lines the method of emigration and explains why Scots selected their diversified cost destinations in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. a lot specific info has been distilled to supply new insights on how, why and while the province got here to obtain its targeted Scottish groups. tough the generally held assumption that this used to be basically a flight from poverty, After the Hector finds how Scots have been being motivated via good points, reminiscent of the chance for larger freedoms and higher livelihoods.The pain and turmoil of the later Highland Clearances have solid a protracted shadow over past occasions, making a misunderstanding that each one emigration were compelled on humans. not easy evidence exhibit that almost all emigration was once voluntary, self-financed and pursued by way of humans watching for to enhance their monetary clients. a mixture of push and pull elements introduced Scots to Nova Scotia, laying down a wealthy and deep seam of Scottish tradition that maintains to flourish. widely documented with all identified passenger lists and information of over 300 send crossings, this booklet tells their story."The saga of the Scots who came upon a house clear of domestic in Nova Scotia, instructed in an easy, unembellished, no-nonsense kind with a few surprises alongside the way in which. This booklet comprises a lot of significant curiosity to historians and genealogists."- Professor Edward J. Cowan, collage of Glasgow"...a well-written, crisp narrative that offers an invaluable define of the recognized Scottish settlements as much as the center of the nineteenth century...avoid[s] the sentimental 'victim & scapegoat strategy' to the subject and in its place has supplied an account of the points of interest and mechanisms of settlement...."- Professor Michael Vance, St. Mary's collage, Halifax
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It is also dedicated to other emigrant Scots who settled in North America in the i8th and i9th centuries. Photograph by Geoff Campey. 30 The Hector Arrives In IJJ3 River. Alexander Falconer settled near Hopewell, further to the south of McLellans Brook, while Robert Sim moved to New Brunswick after living in Pictou for a few years. But a good many of the Ross-shire emigrants, especially the single men, simply left the area without trace. The same was true for the Sutherland settlers. Many Sutherland families, and men travelling on their own, left Pictou soon after their arrival and apparently did not return.
Pictou was the initial attraction. The Hector settlers had claimed an early foothold at its Harbour and along its river frontages. Their colonization efforts were given a boost, a decade later, with the arrival of ex-soldiers from two disbanded Scottish Regiments: the Duke of Hamilton's Regiment (82nd) and the Royal Highland Emigrants Regiment (the 84th). Figure 4: Predominant Ethnic Groups in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, 1871 45 AFTER THE HECTOR TABLE 1 Men from the disbanded 82nd Regiment (Duke of Hamilton's Regiment) who settled at Fisher's Grant (between Pictou and Merigomish harbours) from 1784* Officers 1 COL.
6 JOHN McNEiL. Received 300 acres, but history unknown. Non-Commissioned Officers Receiving Each 200 Acres CHARLES ARBUCKLES. A native of Falkirk, moved afterward to the Ponds. Married to a daughter of B. McGee. His descendants numerous. 8 DAVID BALLANTYNE. Removed to Cape George, where his descendants are numerous. 9 GEORGE BROWN. Settled on Frasers Mountain. 10 JOHN BROWNFIELD. A native of Derry, in Ireland, and a Presbyterian, died near French River, where his descendants still are. 11 JAMES CARMICHAEL.