The Scotch Colony and Burns Night 1919

Published in the Presque Isle, Maine newspaper, Star Herald, Feb. 13, 1919 and is signed at the end of the article by W. L. Duncan

Many years ago, to be exact, in 1873, a Scotch sea captain whose ship plied between Scotland and St. John, on occasion of a voyage when he had some time on his hands in St. John, took a run up the river. Noting the big domain of government wild land he saw on the trip, he conceived the idea of bringing a colony of his neighbors in Old Kincardine across, and settling them in New Brunswick.

Going back home he succeeded in recruiting a colony, secured a grant of land for a settlement, and the movement resulted in transplanting about 400 hardy Scotch people, and their settlement in what is known as the Scotch Colony, a place about 30 miles due east of Presque Isle. Continue reading

40th Anniversary of Rev. Gordon Pringle

Star Herald, Sept. 15, 1932, Washburn, Maine news

Here is a report printed in the Presque Isle, Maine newspaper.

Rev. Gordon Campbell Pringle

Rev. Gordon Campbell Pringle

The fortieth anniversary of Rev. Gordon Pringle’s pastorate at Kincardine colony Presbyterian church, New Brunswick, was observed on Sunday, Sept. 11, at Melville church in the Colony. The Auld Kirk was well filled by Scotch folks from both sides of the line, most of them being former settlers from the Colony. The services were very impressively managed by a number of the minister members of the Presbyterians of Woodstock, N. B., assisted by Rev. Dr. Archibald of Grand Falls. Like Rev. Gordon Pringle himself, most of these men came from the land of the heather. Mr. Pringle was graduated from Edinburgh University (an honor man) in 1891. The next year he came over to Canada and found Kincardine in need of a minister at that time. Needless to say his life of service has shown how well he responded to that need. Mr. Pringle is a son of the Manse, Continue reading

1873-1874 Passengers Lists

Edited 17 Apr 2014, added Sidonian list (see tabs at bottom of table)

This is from a transcription of a 1873 newspaper article. The source is the New Brunswick Archives.
http://archives.gnb.ca/Search/NewspaperVitalStats/Details.aspx?culture=en-CA&guid=3368B7DC-A288-4981-AE92-C6FDF1C098EC

I have sorted the list alphabetically by last name. Watch out for errors. I imagine this list has been transcribed many times. As we add data, you may need to scroll within the window to see the bottom.

Perhaps not all passengers became part of the Scotch Colony. Some families left immediately when they saw the conditions in the Colony. Jean Duncan is documenting Scotch Colony families here: http://www.jeanbduncan.com/scotchcolony/index.htm

Jean has added the lot numbers that the settlers occupied. Here’s a map of the Colony’s granted lots http://scotchcolony.ca/2013/05/11/1270/. She is also trying to identify the wives and children.

We welcome your comments.

Cherished Memories

_MG_3327Annie (McBeath) Ellis brought this lovely piece from Scotland in 1873.
The serving  dish was part of the display at the Manse during Scotch Fest140 on August 24, 2013.

Annie Hastings (McBeath) Ellis (1839-1919),  bakery worker in Scotland, was a passenger on Castalia along with her husband,  Andrew Ellis, joiner, and son John.

Right background is a spoon dish from the Morton homestead in West Branch, late 1800’s.

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

1949ScotchColonyprogram

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.”