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BOOK - Pioneer History of the County of Lanark [County] (Ontario, Canada)
By J. S. McGill
At the close of the war of 1812-14, the British government was faced with two major problems. Unemployment and industrial depressions at home, and an uneasy peace with the Americans abroad. Upper Canada was still vulnerable to invasion and it was thought the interior should be settled as a second line of defense against further hostilities. In Britain work had to be found for unemployed tradesmen and discharged soldiers.
An emigration scheme was put into action to settle the great wilderness north and west of the Rideau River which flows into the Ottawa. From Scotland came soldiers and their families in 1815 to found the Perth military settlement, followed by tradesmen and their families. The subsequent years brought more Scots, followed by Peter Robinson's Irish Immigrants in 1823.
The land was part of the Precambrian Shield, oldest rock in the world, and only some of it was fit for agriculture. The remainder grew timber but much was swamp and rocky hillock.
This book is the story of the strong-willed pioneers who loved this land and did their best with it. The author has has included much family history as well as some early ship passenger lists.
After more than forty years since it was originally written, this humble little book remains the best published history of Lanark County.
5.5 X 8.25"
Softcover - perfectbound
Fifth printing 1979 (origially published 1968)
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