Robbie Burns Night in the Scotch Colony: You’re invited!

Robbie Burns Night in the Scotch Colony! Concert is Friday, 29 January, 2016, at 7:30 at the Burns Hall, Kincardine. Dance follows with the Wednesday Evening Fiddlers. Weather date is the next night, same time. Second performance is Sunday, January 31st at 2:30, with tea afterward.


Video is Kimiye Gamblin playing Burns Hall 2013

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

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.

New Music CD! Robbie Burns Night

Available Now. $20.00 + $5.00 Shipping. Proceeds to support Scotch Colony Fest140, August 23-25, 2013.

Click to listen to a free sample: Afton Water (Robert Burns/Alex Hume) Senior choir, Anna Scheidler–flute, Isabel Morton–piano.

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25 Selections

1. Loch Rannoch (Pipe Major J. Wilson) Southern Victoria Pipe Band
2. There Was a Lad (Robert Burns) Senior Choir, Isabel Morton–piano Continue reading

Pipe Bands at the Gathering

Southern Victoria Pipe Band and Friends at the Clan March during the Opening Ceremonies at the Gathering of the Scots in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, Canada on May 25, 2013

Clan March at the Gathering of the Scots, May 25, 2013

Clan March at the Gathering of the Scots, May 25, 2013

“The Scotch Colony of New Kincardineshire” lecture by Scottish historian, Lorraine Stewart

Melvin Barclay's farm in Upper Kintore. April, 2012.

Melvin Barclay’s farm in Upper Kintore. April, 2012.

“The Scotch Colony of New Kincardineshire” (From Kincardineshire to New Kincardineshire 1873) lecture by Scottish historian, Lorraine Stewart. Presented to Stonehaven Heritage Society (Scotland) 28 November, 2012. The audience was about 40-50 and lasted about 50 minutes.
New Kincardineshire Colony Talk Lorraine Stewart.mp3. Click here to listen  (46.5 MB) This is a very large file so it may take several minutes before it starts playing, depending on your internet speed. Well worth the wait.  Note, Apr 11. I’ve had some reports of the audio stopping short. Try downloading the link/Save link as (Windows: right click; Mac: control-click).

In October 2012, I was excited to receive an email from Lorraine about her project. The internet makes it possible to easily communicate “across the pond.” From the lecture, we can learn more about what happened in Scotland when people heard about the planned emigration to New Brunswick. Lorraine was very generous to mail a CD to us. I hope you will enjoy hearing her story as much as I did. (Comment by Jean Duncan)

© Lorraine Stewart. Posted here by permission. We have also received a version with Lorraine’s PowerPoint visuals that we may show at Scotch Colony Fest140, 24 August, 2013.

A note from Lorraine, 22 Apr, 2013: I gave my talk at St. Bridget’s Hall (a mission hall of Dunnottar Church  http://www.dunnottarchurch.net/property/stbridgets.html ). It is opposite the sheriff court on the corner of Dunnottar Avenue and Bridgefield [Stovehaven, Scotland], and is used by the Heritage Society for most of their meetings.