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A Very Fine Class of Immigrants: Prince Edward Island's Scottish Pioneers, 1770-1850 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1550027716
ISBN-10: 1550027719
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Scots who opted for pioneer life in Prince Edward Island are the subject of this book. Being the first of the "northern" colonies to be sold off in its entirety to proprietors in the late eighteenth century, P.E.I. acquired its Scots earliest, doing so even before the start of the American War of Independence in 1775. The colonization of Prince Edward Island by Scots takes us back to a period when the process of emigration and settlement were in their infancy.

The Pioneer Scots of Prince Edward Island should command our respect. They showed tremendous courage and determination and most were successful.

Previous studies of early Scottish emigration to the New World have tended to concentrate on the miseries of evictions and the destruction of old communities. In this groundbreaking study of the influx of Scots to Prince Edward Island, the widely held assumption that emigration was solely a flight from poverty is challenged. By uncovering previously unreported ship crossings, as well as a wide range of manuscripts and underused sources such as customs records and newspaper shipping reports, the book provides the most comprehensive account to date of the influx of Scots to the Island. "A Very Fine Class of Immigrants" is essential reading for individuals wishing to trace family links or deepen their understanding of how and why the Island came to acquire its distinctive Scottish communities. And by accessing, for the first time, shipping sources like Lloyd's List and the Lloyd's Shipping Register, the author brings a new dimension to our understanding of emigrant travel. Lucille H. Campey demonstrates that far from sailing on disease-ridden leaky tubs, as popularly imagined, the Island's Pioneer Scots usually crossed the Atlantic on the best available ships of the time.

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P.E.I. was the first Canadian area to acquire Scottish pioneers. Its colonization by Scots occurred when the process of immigration and settlement was in its infancy.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Natural Heritage; 2 edition (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550027719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550027716
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jen MacLeod on April 3, 2014
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I purchased this book to aid in some genealogical family research. While not answering my questions necessarily it helped provide background and gave me a starting place in Scotland to look. Conveniently it also contains what known ship lists exist for Scottish immigrants -- although unfortunately my desired years have been lost to time.

If you are remotely interested in the history of PEI or immigrating Scots this book is for you!
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This is a well written book about these early immigrants to PEI. It includes lots of names. I also have a second book by this author, After the Hector. I haven't read it yet, but I expect it to be just as useful
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By Sybil M Ungar on July 9, 2015
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Carefully researched and well argued - a great contribution to the subject of Scottish migration
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