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Scotch Colony Hearts and Hearths
Stories and recipes from residents and descendants of The Scotch Colony of New Brunswick, 1873

Additional recipes and stories, new format, with historic and contemporary photos! A wonderful keepsake and sure to be cherished by generations to come!

Thank you to our many kind contributors for sharing their stories and recipes! The cover photo celebrates the 140th anniversary of the Melville Church in 2018. Continue reading

Crown Land Grant Reference Map Viewer

Here’s the link:

http://geonb.snb.ca/GRP/index.html

Apparently,  this Map Viewer uses Adobe Flash so it probably won’t work on the iPhone or iPad.

The underlying map is a little different than other versions I’ve seen (I’ve seen six or seven versions so far).

When you zoom in to the map, (controls are partially obscured in upper left) you can see the modern subdivisions. You can hide the map (“Basemap” button in upper right) to reveal aerial photos (these are older photos than Google Maps).

Click on the yellow grant reference points to see the lot number, date of the grant and a full name. The grant number can be cross-referenced with the “Index to New Brunswick Land Grants, 1784 – 1997 (RS686)” at PANB: https://archives.gnb.ca/Search/RS686/Introduction.aspx?culture=en-CA. Click on “Search Page” link to enter the grants database.

Here is a screen shot showing a closeup of the Colony area. (All of New Brunswick is included on the map):

This is what I have been trying to do in Google Maps. One nice thing about Google Maps is that you can, using your mobile phone, navigate to any point on the map.

1874 Cadastral, Lower and Upper Kintore

I copied this map from the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick when they came up to the Gathering of the Scots in 2018. We have seen about 6 different cadastrals that cover this area. Stonehaven Settlement is the area to the south of Lower Kintore–it is now called Kincardine and Bonaccord. Here is the Stonehaven Settlement cadastral.

1874 Cadastral, Stonehaven Road (now Kincardine and Bonaccord)

I copied this map from the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick when they came up to the Gathering of the Scots in 2018. We have seen about 6 different cadastrals that cover this area. I’ve rotated this map to make it easier to read the names.

Here is the Lower Kintore and Upper Kintore cadastral.

Letter by Rev. Peter Melville, New Kincardine Colony, New Brunswick, Sept. 11, 1877 Published in the Rothesay Chronicle and Buteshire and West Coast Advertiser, Oct. 13, 1877

NEW KINCARDINE COLONY.
The following letter written by our former townsman and Parish Church missionary, the Rev. Peter Melville, M. A., B. D., to The New Brunswick Reporter, will be read with interest by his many friends in Rothesay:—

Mr. Editor:—You and your readers will be pleased to hear that this Scottish Colony is making good progress. The crops are very good, (excepting hay,) and are likely to be gathered in safety, without frost or snow. Continue reading

Letter by David Burns written June 23, 1873, published in The Stonehaven Journal July 31, 1873

NEW KINCARDINESHIRE COLONY.
The following letter has been addressed by Mr. David Burns, one of the New Stonehaven colonists, for publication amongst friends in Scotland:—
To Members and Friends of New Kincardineshire Colony, resident in Scotland.
DEAR FRIENDS,—Before I left our heather land I promised to write at times and give you some account of our procedure here, and before commencing I beg to state that I shall confine myself to what I know to be the truth—as some reports got out concerning us that had better never been heard of—many reports, Continue reading

Nine months of Kincardine by a Settler, Edward Bruce of Bannockburn

NINE MONTHS OF NEW KINCARDINE. (By a Settler.) I may say, by way of preface, that I am quite satisfied with the territory myself, its prospects being very good for those able and willing to undertake the clearance of forest land, and possessed of a little capital. In this connection, I may state that many who arrived here almost penniless have done remarkably well, their earnings from work on colony roads and other sources having been considerable.
The land on the Kintore section is not quite so level as one would wish, but Continue reading

Letter Excerpt by David Taylor, April 14, 1873, Stonehaven Journal

Letter by David Taylor dated April 14, 1873, written at Fredericton, New Brunswick; published in Stonehaven Journal, Thursday 08 May 1873

NEW KINCARDINESHIRE COLONY.— On Thurs-last, a letter was received from the Secretary of the new colony, who has gone out to make arrangements for the colonists previous to their arrival, from which we give the following extract. From it, friends of the colonists left behind will be glad to see that they are likely to meet with a very warm reception:—
Fredericton, 14th April, 1873.
Having arrived at St. John this day week, we there spent two days—leaving on Wednesday for this place—the political capital of New Brunswick. It is a city of about 6500 inhabitants, and one of the prettiest places I ever saw. Continue reading

Letter from William Duncan, Stonehaven Journal – Thursday 10 July 1873

Letters from New Kincardineshire, Victoria County, New Brunswick to Scotland

NEW KINCARDINESHIRE COLONY.
The following letter from a working man to a fellow workman in Stonehaven shows the philosophical spirit with which some persons endure the greatest hardships. It bears a marked contrast when compared with the grumbling epistles of colonists in much easier circumstances:—
Carron Terrace, Stonehaven Road,
New Kincardineshire, Victoria County, N. B.
June 1, 1873
Dear Friend,
I am happy to say that we are all well. The fact is I was not so lucky as to get away from St John with the first lot of the Colony. Continue reading

Colony cadastral, interactive version

Zoomed view. Click image to go to map.

Scotch Colony area view. Click image to go to map.

This is the same combined map from NB Dept of Lands and Mines I had in an earlier post, but now it’s interactive – overlayed on Google Maps.

Zoom (controls in lower right) and scroll (drag mouse). Remove overlay for a better view of the underlying satellite photo.

It may take a while for the overlay to appear. It’s a big file.

The overlay is misaligned near the edges. Look at the underlying photo for roads, fields, and clearcuts to reorient lot lines.

The original cadastral images were downloaded from the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick. I still don’t know what time period is represented on the maps. Probably after 1880 to 1980.

What’s next?

  • add places mentioned in New Kincardineshire by Duncan A MacPhail
  • add more and more…