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BOOK - A Very Fine Class of Immigrants. Prince Edward Island's Scottish Pioneers 1770-1850
By L. H. Campey

Softcover... 23.95 (C$)
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, by accessing, for the first time, by using underused and unused sources like Lloyd's List and the Lloyd's Shipping Register.

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 widley 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.

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 ships available at the time.

The author brings a new dimension to our understanding of emigrant travel.

184 pgs/B & W Photos and Illustrations/indexed/bibliography/appendices/notes/soft cover/ISBN1-896219-10-1





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