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By Duncan Archibald MacPhail, MBE. Subtitled “An Intimate History of the Early Years of a Scottish Settlement in New Brunswick.” 135 pages with several illustrations and tables.
Originally published in 1977, this entertaining history of the Scotch Colony has been out of print for many years. Used copies are commanding high prices.
We have tracked down the children of the author, Peter and Susan MacPhail and been granted permission to have a second edition printed.
About the author
Born in Kincardine, New Brunswick, on June 20, 1909, Duncan Archibald MacPhail grew up in the region about which this book is written. He attended school in Bon Accord and Andover and eventually Mount Allison University.
Duncan married Jean Estey from Wicklow, N.B., in 1939. He spent the war years overseas, rising to the rank of Major in the Canadian Army Forestry Corps and being awarded an MBE for his service. Following his return home in 1945 the couple had two children, Susan and Peter.
After the war Duncan worked two years helping organize the Mari- time Forest Rangers School in Fredericton. He spent the rest of his career in Quebec, working in the woodlands division of the Canadian International Paper Company. Duncan and Jean eventually retired in Ottawa in 1972.
Duncan always loved to read and write, so upon his retirement it seemed natural to begin researching the history of the Scottish Settlement of his ancestors, among the early pioneers of the Kincardine area. Eventually, in 1977, Duncan published the book New Kincardineshire. The fact that this book, a second edition of his original, is now being published would have given him a long, satisfied smile.
6″ x 9″ x 3/8″
(Colony scavenger hunt by vehicle)
Starts at Burns Hall at 1PM on Aug 18th.
“This amazing race will be like no other. This will be a test of how observant, skilled and knowledgeable you are! Having the ability to follow directions will be an asset because you will be receiving clues as you continue on the journey. You will go to places where you have never been, and do things you may never have done before as well as learn some history of the Scottish Settlers. Take your time and enjoy the scenery along the way. You will have questions to answer so pay attention to details. If you are not sure of the answers make an educated guess. Most of all enjoy your journey.”
— from Cheryl Kelly, event organizer
An amazing part of our
145th Anniversary Celebration Weekend
17, 18, 19, August 2018
Open to all
Theme: The way new settlers lived 145 years ago in New Brunswick
A. 5 to 9 years.
B. 10 to 14 years.
C. 15 to 19 years.
1. Poster must be on one side of ½ regular Bristol Board.
2. Use any technique or medium.
3. Your name must appear on bottom right corner of front of poster.
4. Print your name, age, address and phone number on the back of the poster.
Prizes: In each category there will be a first prize of $20.00, a second prize of $15.00 and a third prize of $10.00. Continue reading
[The year 2018 marks the 140th anniversary of the Melville Church as well as the 145th anniversary of the Scotch Colony. This newspaper article presented an account detailing the dedication of the Melville Church held on January 1, 1878 at Kincardine, New Brunswick.]
Aberdeen Press and Journal
January 29, 1878, Tuesday; page 2
The New Kincardineshire Church.
The settlers in New Kincardineshire, New Brunswick opened their new church on New Year’s Day, as was sometime ago proposed. The day was fine, and a vast crowd of neighbours from considerable distances on both banks of the river St. John attended the service which was conducted by the Rev. D. M. Maclise, D. D. of St. John, who was assisted by the Rev. C. N. Sinnet of Fort Fairfield, State of Maine, and we may add that the latter gentleman was accompanied by a considerable number of visitors from that State. The service commenced at 11 a. m., and by that hour part of all the families in the new settlement, and the families long settled on the north bank of the great river, were present, and many friends who had driven on sleighs from distant localities. Dr. Maclise opened the proceedings by praise, selecting the Old Hundredth Psalm. He then read II Chronicles, 6th chapter, then Rev. Mr. Melville, minister of the colony, engaged in prayer; and Dr. Maclise Continue reading
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
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 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 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
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
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