After the Hector: The Scottish Pioneers of Nova Scotia and by Lucille H. Campey

By Lucille H. Campey

This is often the 1st totally documented and exact account, produced in recent years, of 1 of the best early migrations of Scots to North the USA. the arriving of the Hector in 1773, with approximately 2 hundred Scottish passengers, sparked an important inflow of Scots to Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. millions of Scots, regularly from the Highlands and Islands, streamed into the province throughout the past due 1700s and the 1st 1/2 the 19th century.Lucille Campey lines the method of emigration and explains why Scots selected their various cost destinations in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. a lot targeted details has been distilled to supply new insights on how, why and whilst the province got here to procure its detailed Scottish groups. hard the commonly held assumption that this was once essentially a flight from poverty, After the Hector finds how Scots have been being prompted by way of positive aspects, akin to the chance for larger freedoms and higher livelihoods.The ache and turmoil of the later Highland Clearances have forged an extended shadow over past occasions, making a misunderstanding that every one emigration were compelled on humans. difficult evidence express that the majority emigration used to be voluntary, self-financed and pursued by way of humans looking forward to to enhance their financial customers. a mix of push and pull elements introduced Scots to Nova Scotia, laying down a wealthy and deep seam of Scottish tradition that keeps to flourish. widely documented with all recognized passenger lists and info of over 300 send crossings, this e-book tells their story."The saga of the Scots who came across a house clear of domestic in Nova Scotia, informed in a simple, unembellished, no-nonsense variety with a few surprises alongside the way in which. This booklet includes a lot of significant curiosity to historians and genealogists."- Professor Edward J. Cowan, college 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 process' to the subject and as a substitute has supplied an account of the sights and mechanisms of settlement...."- Professor Michael Vance, St. Mary's collage, Halifax

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41 Thus did they lay the foundations of Pictou's important timber trade which would eventually come to dominate eastern Nova Scotia's economy. By 1805 some fifty ships a year would be needed to carry Pictou's exports of squared timber to Britain. Once the Highlanders had cleared their lands along the three river frontages, the Pictou settlement began to take shape. Four of the Inverness-shire arrivals, William (later Squire) MacKay, Colin MacKay, Roderick Mackay and Donald Cameron went to East River.

Courtesy 1766 and moving to New Jersey from of Princeton University Library, University Archives, Department of Paisley, he immediately made a name for Rare Booths and Special Collections. himself. He introduced the new educational ideas which were sweeping through Scotland at the time to the College, encouraged free thinking and promoted libertarian ideals. 26 This was a man who believed in giving power to the common people. Thus a venture which enabled poor Scots to throw off their feudal shackles appealed to his libertarian instincts.

1 A LEXANDER CAMERON WAS ONE OF the one hundred and ninety ZJIk or so people who had sailed to Pictou on the Hector in 1773. -A. JL Aged 44 at the time of his arrival, he would take the memories of a harrowing voyage and the grim experiences of the early years to his grave. He and his wife, Janet Ross, and their two children settled on the northern end of the peninsula which divides the West and Middle rivers at Pictou Harbour. As was the case with many of the others who had sailed on the Hector, the Cameron family prospered.

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