Colony Featured on Scotland TV documentary

Scotland TV’s The People’s History Show;
Episode: The Scots who made Canada
“Host David Farrell presents a special episode exploring Scotland’s links to Canada, as the country celebrates its 150th birthday.”

On September 27, 2017, David and Ian Hendry (director/camera) interviewed several Scotch Colony folks  and videoed scenes at a Burn’s Hall Music Night and dance.

You can view a bootleg copy here (until I get busted):

Originally Broadcast Mon 13 Nov, 8.00 pm in the UK. If you are in the UK you should be able to view the show online at:

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.

1948 film: Scotch Colony 75th Anniversary

Can you tell who, what, when or where? If you spot something, leave a reply (note the minutes:seconds). From a 16mm color film. This is from a time before color photographs were widely available. The original film is silent.

Collecting Cream

Barclay farm in Upper Kintore

What’s better than a big ice-cream cone on a hot summer day? Here’s a bit about where it came from in the 1930’s.

“Jack Cooper was one of the men who collected cream from Victoria County farms in the thirties. It was done in the evenings and taken to Plaster Rock (by Mr. Cooper) early in the mornings for the eight o’clock train that would drop the cream at Amherst, N. S.

‘We collected in the evenings,’ said Mr. Cooper, ‘because there was no refrigeration in those days, that could be used. We did the Scotch Colony right after supper, then to South Tilley. We picked up cream from James Barclay, the Haffords, the DeMerchants, the Ogilvys, to mention a few. We also went out on the Birch Ridge road. At that time we were living in the old McNair homestead in upper Arthurette.’

‘The Brookfield Dairies received the cream at Amherst. They made delicious ice cream. Green’s, Plaster Rock, sold it for many years. A number of years later, when we had a 1939 Ford truck, we collected cream for the Carleton Co-operative, Florenceville. We were always paid by pound of butterfat, possibly forty to fifty cents.'”

Story source:  The Tobiquer, Number 7, 1986, page 15. Copy available at the Southern Victoria Historical Museum, Perth-Andover, New Brunswick.


An old fiddle comes home

A story from the Scotch Colony of New Brunswick
submitted by Cari Grierson, July 2012

Many years ago, in the early 1900’s in the part of the Colony called Kincardine today, a man called Angus Adam played the fiddle.  His daughter, Carrie Irene, chorded for him as she had the gift of being able to play the piano by ear.  Carrie married  James (Jim) Alexander Grierson, a young officer in  the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and moved away from her home to live in many small towns in the Province, wherever her husband was stationed.  There were three children born to this couple, Roy Allison, Gerald Alan and Carolyn Marie.  And as time would have it, the children grew up and had families of their own. Carrie and Jim passed away and the items of their household travelled in many directions Continue reading

Sample Cookbook submission [from Cari]

Hi folks:  I have been asked to send an example of a submission to the cookbook/history book to help give an idea.  Please find attached one I have done for my mother-in-law, Carrie Grierson.  Yours can be very different, funny or heartwarming —– just do it!  Hope this helps. Write me if you have any questions about your submissions.
Cari Grierson.
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Pioneers, Ploughs, and Politics: New Brunswick Planned Settlements

Pioneers, Ploughs, and Politics: New Brunswick Planned Settlements a special online exhibit at the NB Provicial Archives.

1872 Prospectus of New Kincardineshire Colony of New Brunswick by William Brown…

with reports of directors regarding situation, soil, climate, &c, &c., and a statement of conditions concerning free houses, free grants of land, and assisted passages, an online book at website (26 pages). The author, Captain William Brown, worked for the Anchor Steamship Line which transported the Scotch colonists to New Brunswick in 1873. Captain Brown was instrumental in the founding New Kincardineshire, now known as the Scotch Colony. This document is a very interesting if overly-rosy snapshot of life in the Perth-Andover area just before the founding of the colony. I would describe it as a sales brochure.

View/download a local copy of the pdf document here.