Dr. Gordon Pringle’s Shaving Mug

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Rev. Gordon Campbell Pringle (1865 – 1952) arrived in Canada on May 21, 1892. He was ordained Sept. 7, 1892, in the Old Calvin Presbyterian Church, Saint John, New Brunswick. He was inducted as minister in Kincardine in the Scotch Colony in 1896. He received his Doctor of Divinity in 1933. He served the Scotch colony 1896-1952.

“Beloved by a loyal people whom he served for over 56 years”

The shaving mug was part of the display at the former Manse on August 24, 2013 during Scotch Fest140.

1972 Newspaper Article: “Scottish Colony in N. B. Marking Centenary Next Year”

_MG_3290By Joan Dundas Parfitt

 “The Telegraph-Journal carried a news item July 14 which began with these words: “The chairman of the Scotch Colony Centennial Committee, James Barclay, said plans for the 1973 100th anniversary are now well under way.” This announcement interested me for it acted as a reminder of a poignant story I read in a Scots magazine last year, which told of the hardships endured by this colony when they left their native land in 1973. It may interest other Scotch immigrants throughout N. B. other than myself. Continue reading

Geneology Services offered

Lorraine Stewart is a historian in Stonehaven, Scotland, who previously sent us an audio recording of her lecture on the Scotch Colony from Scotland’s perspective (clck here to go to that post). She has completed her studies and is offering her professional services to anyone looking for help with their family history. We thought it would be nice to promote her business. There are some helpful links on her website. Here’s a note we received from Lorraine: Continue reading

Colony student works with Scottish Portal Project

Kathleen Farquhar is from Upper Kintore!
(the article is from a newsletter of the New Brunswick Scottish Cultural Association)

Scottish Portal Project Summer Update

By Spencer Thompson

The New Brunswick Scottish Portal has hired three students for the summer.

The goal of the Portal is to create a comprehensive online database of New Brunswick’s Scottish settlers. Students Kathleen Farquhar and I, Spencer Thompson, from St Thomas University, and Ian Forbes from McGill will be hard at work all summer helping to make the Portal a reality.

Spencer Thompson Ian Forbes and Kathleen Farquhar
Left to right: Spencer Thompson, Ian Forbes and Kathleen Farquhar

NB Archives Home Base

The New Brunswick Archives is our main base of operation. The archive is host to the majority of the information needed, whether it is books, letters, government documents, or photos.

Ian and I have been tasked with combing through New Brunswick Land Petitions looking for Scottish immigrants. Kathleen was tasked with New Brunswick Teacher’s Petitions and has already finished.

James Brown Diary

Kathleen’s job hasn’t stopped there. Kathleen is  looking through the diary of James Brown, an interesting Scottish immigrant who penned such works as the Devil’s Reply to Robbie Burns and an essay about emigration to New Brunswick. James Brown often identified fellow countrymen in his diary sometimes listing where they were from in Scotland or even what year they arrived in New Brunswick. She is creating an index of Scottish immigrants as identified in said diary.

Land Petitions

The Land Petitions Ian and I are looking at will most likely take all summer, but we also have additional work to tackle. Ian is currently transcribing the letters of James Crabb, a young immigrant who came from abroad to look after his ailing uncle.

James Brown, the diarist Kathleen is studying, mentioned James Crabb in his journal. This crossover between the Brown diary and the Crabb Collection makes a fascinating connection between archival documents and collections.

 

Travels of John Mann

I am also responsible for writing a brief summary of the travels of immigrant John Mann, an interesting fellow who held New Brunswick in disdain and went back to Scotland, but returned and settled. I also transcribed the ship list from the Favorite, which brought John Mann and more than 100 others from Scotland to New Brunswick in 1816. This was the first government funded emigration scheme. It would also be one of the last planned 19th Century emigration schemes funded by the New Brunswick provincial government.
The three of us also spend time with the Archives’ photograph collection searching for any images for possible inclusion in the Portal.I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we enjoy our jobs and we hope you enjoy the fruits of our labour when the Portal is complete. I know we’ll be proud of it.

125th Colony Anniversary video

July 18, 1998. Part 1/4 of a VHS video tape. This first part records the church service at the Melville Church in Kincardine. Great music as always! Were you there? Can you spot yourself? Who can you recognize? Who was the behind the camera? Please leave a reply below. Note the playing-time for any specific information you have.


 

July 18, 1998. Part 2/4. Here’s the second installment: Parade and Southern Victoria Pipe Band at Woolastook Park.


 

July 18, 1998. Part 3/4. Here’s the Third installment: Parade on Manse Hill Road.


 

Part 4/4. Here’s the forth and last installment: Gathering Woolastook Park

1949 Programme of Events from the 75th Anniversary of Upper Kintore

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Thanks to Garth Farquhar for sharing this programme with Robert LaFrance on Facebook:

“Courtesy of Garth Farquhar, this is a copy of the actual program handed out in 1949 when Upper Kintore celebrated the 75th year of the arrival of its first colonists in 1874. The first settlers of Upper and Lower Stonehaven (Bon Accord and Kincardine) and Lower Kintore arrived the year before. This month all the Scottish descendants and others are going to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the Scotch Colony itself. Look to the Facebook page of the Scotch Colony for details of the event that takes place in about three weeks. Tours of historic buildings, a barbecue, some Scottish Games demonstrations, and lots more.”

Report re: School Children and Teacher Leave Scotland in 1873

This information was received via email from Lorraine Stewart in Stonehaven, Scotland:
I was on a tour of Aberdeenshire Archives yesterday http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/education_learning/local_history/archives/loc_ArchivesHomePage.asp and they had on display the Kintore School Log Book. I was able to look it up for April 1873 and there was an entry that said 14 children (5 families) were leaving for New Brunswick – it didn’t mention any names.

 Another entry (I think on the previous page) mentioned a teacher leaving – Ledingham – I see there were Ledingham’s on the Castalia so he may have been one of them, although it didn’t say that he was going to New Brunswick.

I think the reference would be:

Kintore School Log Book 1867-1899      Ref: ED/GR6S/G40/1/1   April 1873  (??14th April – but I couldn’t be sure – didn’t have any paper at the time to write it down)

 If you wanted a copy of the page/pages I’m sure if you contacted the archives they would be able to copy that for you. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me. You would need to ask for permission if you wanted to put it on the website.

 Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives
Old Aberdeen House
Dunbar Street
Aberdeen, AB24 3UJ
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 481775
Email: archives@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Hope this is of some interest,

Lorraine

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