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Article Published March 13, 2004

By: Paul Milner, Park Ridge, Illinois

BOOK: Pictonians at Home and Broad: Sketches of Professional Men and Women of Pictou County – Its History and Institutions.
    By Rev. J. P. MacPhie, 1914

    Historical reprint by Global Heritage Press Inc., Milton, Ontario, Canada 2000. (originally published in 1914)

    232 pp. Illustrations, Index, Hardcover
The majority of the founders of Pictou County Nova Scotia, were of Scots origins, both Highlanders and Lowlanders. There were three migrations: The HOPE in 1767, the HECTOR in 1773 and a group of lowlanders who came to Pictou in 1775 after a two year stay on Prince Edward Island. The book briefly describes where they settled, emphasizing the notable people and their Scottish relations.

The author, a clergyman, regards himself among the notable of the country. He highlights the fact that, in less than a hundred years the county produced nearly three hundred clergymen, one hundred and ninety physicians, sixty-three lawyers, forty professors, fifteen men and eleven women missionaries, eight collect presidents, four judges, two governors, two premiers and a chief justice for the Province, plus a host of journalists, politicians and prominent businessmen.

The country at the turn of the century was a bastion of Presbyterianism in Canada. Almost all of the original settlers were Presbyterians. The history of the local churches and their ministers are given. The book continues with chapters dealing with the medical profession, the law, the educators, the missionaries, the press and politics. Within each chapter are lists of prominent women and men in that field. There is no alphabetical or chronological arrangement to the listings, so all names need to be read carefully.

The index includes people and some places mentioned within the text of the book. It does not include the people listed as clergy, doctors, etc. A modern index would have helped, because the reprint’s value is in the large number of families and individuals mentioned with connections to Pictou County, Nova Scotia.

Paul Milner,
Park Ridge, Illinois.

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Reprinted with permission: originally published in The Federation of Genealogical Societies' FORUM Magazine, vol 13, issue 1

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