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The Scottish Pioneers of Upper Canada, 1784-1855: Glengarry and Beyond Paperback – May 16 2005

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Natural Heritage (May 16 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897045018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897045015
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.1 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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"This book gathers together a large body of material, from both primary and secondary sources, and considers the nature, direction and impact of the emigrant flows from Scotland to Upper Canada."

(Ontario Professional Surveyor 2007-01-01)

"... important for historians of Scots in Canada."

(Joshua D. MacFadyen Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society)

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.

"I am happy to commend Lucille Campey’s latest book on Scottish settlement patterns in Canada. The product of meticulous research, The Scottish Pioneers of Upper Canada has much to offer both genealogists and general readers, as it weaves together statistical information, institutional histories and personal accounts to produce a fascinating picture of the multi-dimensional networks that underpinned the transatlantic movement and brought 100,000 Scots to Upper Canada during the seven decades reviewed. Persistent myths of helpless exile are challenged, as the preconditions and processes of emigration are analyzed, along with the cultural traditions imported by the 'trail blazers and border guards' who laid the foundations of Canada’s most populous province." - Marjory Harper, Reader in History, University of Aberdeen

"With a real feel for the sacrifice and the emotional turmoil of the pioneers, Lucille H. Campey has one again got her audience to face the raw heritage common to every Scots-Canadian. This is an excellent read, full of fascinating detail dug from much archival research. This book is another splendid addition to a series of much interest to both historians and genealogists." - Professor Graeme Morton, Scottish Studies Foundation Chair, University of Guelph

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, Cecile 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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There is no doubt that Lucille H. Campey is an authority on Scottish immigration.

She provides readers with a comprehensive overview of the nature of Scottish settlement patterns in Upper Canada. Campey examines major settlements and discusses in detail the peoples' origins, circumstances for arrival and the consequences of their presence in Ontario.

Highlanders settlers arrived in Upper Canada following the American Revolution in 1784. They were "fiercely loyal to the British Crown" and their presence would act as a defensive measure against any Yankee invasion. They established residence in Glengarry, Perth and Lanark and eventually moved as the frontier expanded across western Upper Canada. Eventually, word of the favourable conditions spread, and before long fellow Scots poured into the region.

These early pioneers had the finances to settle in Upper Canada unlike those who followed in the latter years who required government assistance. Contrary to popular belief most Scots "arrived safely and in good health". However, emigration societies were formed to assist the less fortunate by channelling funds and organizing departures. After 1815 the government no longer offered free passage as an incentive to emigrate. Scottish larids who originally perceived immigration as a threat soon realized that it was a means of "alleviating [tenants'] distress" and provided assistance during the infamous Highland Clearances. Those who did arrive during this period were destitute with little means to travel beyond the port. These farmers, labourers and weavers hailed from Invernesshire, Lanarkshire, Argyll and the Hebrides sailed on timber ships that were "generally of the highest quality".
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The content is interesting and informative.

The quality of the book is disappointing...a page fell out the first time I opened it.
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HASH(0x98e4c128) out of 5 stars Scottish Pioneers of Upper Canada Jan. 8 2008
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I bought this book for genealogy purposes. It was easy reading and is an excellent source of understanding the Scottish immigration to Canada (including areas in Scotland settling in areas in Canada). It includes why immigration began, purchasing tickets, life aboard the ships and how life was for the immigrants. It has pointed me in directions of where to look for ancestors. Even if I did not have Scottish ancestors, I would of enjoyed this book for the historical knowledge.
HASH(0x9885dac8) out of 5 stars Nicely done book Sept. 25 2013
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This is an excellent, well researched book with very good maps and drawings.. My ancestor's parents were there by 1788 when he was born in one of the early settlements, so the rest of the book doesn't have much to do with me, but that isn't the author's fault.