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BOOK - Imperial Immigrants, Scottish Settlers in the Upper Ottawa Valley, 1815–1840
By Michael E. Vance
Published by Dundurn, Toronto, 2012

Softcover... 32.95 (C$)

Between 1815 and 1832, Great Britain settled more than 3,500 individuals, mostly from the Scottish Lowlands, in the Ottawa Valley. These government-assisted emigrations, which began immediately after the Napoleonic Wars, are explored to reveal their impact on Upper Canada.

Seeking to transform their lives and their society, early Scots settlers crossed the Atlantic for their own purposes. Although they did not blindly serve the interests of empire builders, their settlement led to the dispossession of the original First Nation inhabitants, thus supporting the British imperial government’s strategic military goals. After transferring homeland religious and political conflict to the colony, Scottish settlers led the demand for political reform that emerged in the 1830s. As a consequence, their migration and settlement reveals as much about the depth of social conflict in the homeland and in the colonies as it does about the preoccupations of the British imperial state.

Contents include:
  • List of Maps & Tables
  • Abbreviations
  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface
  • Chapters:
    1. Land and Empire
    2. Early Settlement and the Imperial State
    3. The Breadalbane Immigrants
    4. Paisley and the Immigration Societies
    5. Immigration Politics and Religion
    6. Pioneer Patriarchs
    7. Recalling and Retelling
  • Appendix I - Rideau Purchase Settlement
  • Appendix II Sergeant Simon Gray's Discharge Papers
  • Appendix III - List if 1815 Assisted Scottish Emigrants Settled in Lanark County
  • Appendix IV - Names, Family Details, and Addresses of the Signatories on the "Petition of the Operative Manufacturers of Paisley, May 1820."
  • Appendix V - Selected Entries from Auld Kirk" Kirk Session Minutes, Ramsay Township
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
The bulk of the content of this book is focused on Scottish settlement in Lanark County (mostly) and Renfrew County in what is now Eastern Ontario -- as well as the places where 1815-1840 Scottish settlers originated.

Pages: 256
6 X 9 inches
Softcover - perfectbound
Illustrations
Bibliography
Notes
Index
Published by Dundurn, Toronto, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-55488-756-9





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