By Lucille H. Campey
This is often the 1st totally documented and specific account, produced lately, of 1 of the best early migrations of Scots to North the US. the coming of the Hector in 1773, with approximately 2 hundred Scottish passengers, sparked a massive inflow of Scots to Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. millions of Scots, commonly from the Highlands and Islands, streamed into the province throughout the overdue 1700s and the 1st 1/2 the 19th century.Lucille Campey lines the method of emigration and explains why Scots selected their varied payment destinations in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. a lot distinctive info has been distilled to supply new insights on how, why and while the province got here to procure its particular Scottish groups. hard the commonly held assumption that this was once essentially a flight from poverty, After the Hector unearths how Scots have been being prompted by means of gains, corresponding to the chance for higher freedoms and higher livelihoods.The ache and turmoil of the later Highland Clearances have solid an extended shadow over prior occasions, making a misunderstanding that every one emigration have been pressured on humans. not easy evidence exhibit that the majority emigration was once voluntary, self-financed and pursued via humans looking forward to to enhance their financial clients. a mix of push and pull components introduced Scots to Nova Scotia, laying down a wealthy and deep seam of Scottish tradition that maintains to flourish. largely documented with all recognized passenger lists and info of over 300 send crossings, this publication tells their story."The saga of the Scots who chanced on a house clear of domestic in Nova Scotia, informed in a simple, unembellished, no-nonsense variety with a few surprises alongside the best way. This ebook includes a lot of important curiosity to historians and genealogists."- Professor Edward J. Cowan, collage of Glasgow"...a well-written, crisp narrative that gives an invaluable define of the identified Scottish settlements as much as the center of the nineteenth century...avoid[s] the sentimental 'victim & scapegoat procedure' 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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2 Given that the Pictou people included men like Alexander Fraser who, as a boy, had actually witnessed the bloody and savage defeat of Highlanders at the Battle of Culloden in 1745—46, their loyalty to the British side seems odd. Yet Scottish Highlanders were particularly wellknown for their loyalty to the old enemy. Not wishing to become Americanized, they had a strong desire to preserve their clan and country links. 3 34 The Loyalist Emigrants At the beginning of the War, when a muster roll had been taken "of the inhabitants of Pictou or Tinmouth [Teignmouth] capable to bear arms" on the British side the names of sixty-five men were listed, of whom only a third had come to Pictou on the Hector* At that time most of the Hector settlers were still residing on the west side of the province, although many would return later to the Pictou area.
15 The Hector settlers had every reason to feel angry with the Philadelphia Land Company, and with John Ross, the man employed by the company to recruit them. They had been completely misled by the company's assurances and promises. It was, after all, owned by men who sought to profit from land sales. The welfare of any settlers they might attract was of little consequence. 16 Having insufficient resources, his venture was fraught with problems and, fearing the growing depopulation of Ulster, the government halted the exodus in 1762.
Men who had seen action in earlier military campaigns, once resettled, could provide some form of military backup should the need arise. But the policy of moving large numbers of loyal settlers into areas judged by the government to have military importance had its drawbacks. A soldier's training and experience did not necessarily prepare him and his 36 The Loyalist Emigrants family for the rigours of pioneer farming. Having to farm land chosen for its military value, not its soil quality, also had its perils.
After the Hector: The Scottish Pioneers of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, 1773-1852 by Lucille H. Campey