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After the Hector: The Scottish Pioneers of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, 1773-1852 Paperback – May 15 2007

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Natural Heritage; 2 edition (May 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550027700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550027709
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
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The saga of the Scots who found a home away from home in Nova Scotia, told in a straightforward, unembellished, no-nonsense style with some surprises along the way. This book contains much of vital interest to historians and genealogists.

(Professor Edward J. Cowan)

...a well-written, crisp narrative that provides a useful outline of the known Scottish settlements up to the middle of the 19th century...avoid[s] the sentimental 'victim & scapegoat approach' to the topic and instead has provided an account of the attractions and mechanisms of settlement.

(Professor Michael Vance)

This is the first fully documented and detailed account, produced in recent times, of one of the greatest early migrations of Scots to North America. The arrival of the Hector in 1773, with nearly 200 Scottish passengers, sparked a huge influx of Scots to Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. Thousands of Scots, mainly from the Highlands and Islands, streamed into the province during the late 1700s and the first half of the nineteenth century.

Lucille Campey traces the process of emigration and explains why Scots chose their different settlement locations in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. Much detailed information has been distilled to provide new insights on how, why and when the province came to acquire its distinctive Scottish communities. Challenging the widely held assumption that this was primarily a flight from poverty, After the Hector reveals how Scots were being influenced by positive factors, such as the opportunity for greater freedoms and better livelihoods.

The suffering and turmoil of the later Highland Clearances have cast a long shadow over earlier events, creating a false impression that all emigration had been forced on people. Hard facts show that most emigration was voluntary, self-financed and pursued by people expecting to improve their economic prospects. A combination of push and pull factors brought Scots to Nova Scotia, laying down a rich and deep seam of Scottish culture that continues to flourish. Extensively documented with all known passenger lists and details of over three hundred ship crossings, this book tells their story.

"The saga of the Scots who found a home away from home in Nova Scotia, told in a straightforward, unembellished, no-nonsense style with some surprises along the way. This book contains much of vital interest to historians and genealogists."
- Professor Edward J. Cowan, University of Glasgow

"...a well-written, crisp narrative that provides a useful outline of the known Scottish settlements up to the middle of the 19th century...avoid[s] the sentimental 'victim & scapegoat approach' to the topic and instead has provided an account of the attractions and mechanisms of settlement...."
- Professor Michael Vance, St. Mary's University, Halifax

About the Author

Dr. Lucille Campey is a Canadian, living in Britain, with over thirty years of experience as a researcher and author. It was her father's Scottish roots and love of history that first stimulated her interest in the early exodus of people from Scotland to Canada. She is the great-great-granddaughter of William Thomson, who left Morayshire, on the northeast coast of Scotland, in the early 1800s to begin a new life with his family, first near Digby, then in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He is described in D. Whidden's History of the Town of Antigonish simply as "William, Pioneer" and is commemorated in the St. James Church and Cemetery at Antigonish. Lucille's mother, Cécile Morency, who was born in Ste-Marie-de-Beauce, is a descendant of Guillaume Baucher dit Morency, who settled in Ile d'Orleans in 1659.

Lucille was awarded a Ph.D. by Aberdeen University in 1998 for her research into Scottish emigration to Canada in the period 1770-1850. Lucille has published six books on the subject of emigrant Scots to Canada. Described by the P.E.I. Guardian as "indispensable to Islanders of Scottish ancestry," her first book, "A Very Fine Class of Immigrants": Prince Edward Island’s Scottish Pioneers 1770-1850 (Natural Heritage, 2001), gives the most comprehensive account to date of the Scottish influx to the Island. Her second book, "Fast Sailing and Copper-Bottomed": Aberdeen Sailing Ships and the Emigrant Scots They Carried to Canada 1774-1855 (Natural Heritage, 2002), gives a gripping account of emigrant shipping from the north of Scotland to Canada in the sailing ship era. Her third book, The Silver Chief: Lord Selkirk and the Scottish Pioneers of Belfast, Baldoon and Red River (Natural Heritage, 2003), examines the three Selkirk settlements in Canada. According to the distinguished genealogist and author Ryan Taylor “the three titles now stand as a significant contribution to Canadian immigrant literature.” Her fourth book is After the Hector: The Scottish Pioneers of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, 1773-1852 (Natural Heritage, 2004), her fifth is The Scottish Pioneers of Upper Canada, 1784-1855: Glengarry and Beyond (Natural Heritage, 2005), and her sixth book is Les Écossais: The Pioneer Scots of Lower Canada, 1763-1855 (Natural Heritage, 2006). A seventh book, which will deal with emigration from Scotland to New Brunswick, will be published by Natural Heritage in Spring 2007.

A chemistry graduate of Ottawa University, Lucille worked initially in the fields of science and computing. After marrying her English husband, she moved to the north of England, where she became interested in medieval monasteries and acquired a Master of Philosophy Degree (on the subject of medieval settlement patterns) from Leeds University. Having lived for five years in Easter Ross, in the north of Scotland, while she completed her doctoral thesis, she and Geoff returned to England, and now live near Salisbury in Wiltshire.

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Nova Scotia history seems to have happened in a series of clear waves. The first immigrants were, it seems, ultimately from Asia, and their story remains one of lively controversy today. I've not yet found a comprehensive treatment of the first two centuries of European immigration. There are a couple really good books on the Loyalists who arrived after the American War of Independence. The next wave of immigrants, the Scots, is a topic covered very well in this book. So, this book belongs on even the smallest Nova Scotia history shelf.
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This book offers a detailed report on the 351 crossings of Scottish boats bringing some 20 or more thousands of their people to a sort of entrepreneurs promised 200000 acres of land in Nova Scotia's Pictou area which eventually became Pictou County of fame. The crossings of the sea in ridiculusly small boats crowded with families, of various size, single poeple and children, hundreds and more passengers per boat which reached Pictou, Halifax, Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island. Deaths during crossings were by the hundreds due to epidemics of smallpox etc. There was also a home based religious connotation/quasi rivalry involving Catholics and Protestants. The promotors of the imigration movement which lasted some 60 years were innevitably dishonest to some extent and the phenomenom is described in the readings. This is a relatively most informative book about the saga of a people who had to move out of their home country as the outcome of a long standing rift between the English and the Scotts where the former had emerge as, in fact, lords of the scottish lands, and forced the original tenants to leave their properties, The book describes Canada's landing regions as quite unbefiting for family living due to harsh climate and forrested lands barely adaptable to crops activities. This book very effectively shows a picture of tragic hardships encountered by an extremely valliant and hardy Scottish People, who surmounted, the problems in spite of numerous deaths of children and adults while faced with extreme medical, physical and financial dangers.It is a proud fact that they so quickly became a going concern as a remarkable and special Canadian people. A superb book of little know historical value to the academic realm on North America.
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HASH(0xa9075f3c) out of 5 stars Connect with your roots Oct. 18 2012
By matt from philly - Published on Amazon.com
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Much of my family is "Scotch" (as my grandmother would say) and comes from Pictou County, NS, so finding a book that describes the early immigration experience was a delight. It's well written and describes the Pictou and Cape Breton experience, explaining some of what I've observed (such as the development of Catholic and Presbyterian sub-regions) and the conditions on both sides of the Atlantic. I'm glad to recommend it.
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HASH(0xa9179180) out of 5 stars Family research Jan. 28 2014
By LE King - Published on Amazon.com
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Good resource in doing family genealogy. Some of my family came over to Nova Scotia and filtered down to the states after the Civil War.
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Most of the information can be found elsewhere. I would have preferred more of a separation between the events/people in Pictou County and those on Cape Breton. While chapter headings are clear, the contents of each chapter is too much of a blend between the two settlements. Also found that sometimes the research presented led the author rather than the other way around. I disagree completely with the author's reasoning as to why the early immigrants left Scotland, but that is just my opinion. However, the end materials were well presented, particularly the data on the ships used to carry the immigrants. And I do very much appreciate the efforts of the author to find and include that data - almost all of it NOT found elsewhere.
HASH(0xa9179270) out of 5 stars Bit of a tough read unless you're really into the subject Aug. 18 2013
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I will admit that I haven't finished the book. I visited Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island and bought the Kindle version for background. It was more involved than I was willing to tolerate for vacation reading, but that's my own failing.

I'm sure that if I were doing research on the topic of emigration to NS, or genealogical research on families in the province, I would find this an invaluable resource. In that case, I'd probably want to have the hard copy version.