Imperial Immigrants

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  • Copyright: 2012-09-11
  • Publisher: Natural Heritage
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From 1815 to 1821, following the Napoleonic Wars, over 3,500 emigrants, primarily Scottish Lowlanders, participated in government-assisted transportation schemes bound for the Ottawa Valley. By focusing on these migrations, the author highlights the British state involvement, the influence of Lowland weavers, and the role these emigrants played in political reform in Upper Canada in the 1930s. Also explored are forms of Scottish patriarchy, which, while offering an ideal of autonomous manly self-sufficiency, amplified the isolation of female pioneers in the settlements, and helped justify the dispossession of local Native Peoples.Rather than serving the interests of Empire builders, many emigrants were seeking to transform society. Their emigration reveals much about the depth of social conflict in the homeland and in the colonies. Indeed, the book illustrates the ambivalent relationship of many Scottish emigrants to the Empire itself, and draws attention to the Lowland origin of the majority and their often radical rather than loyal character.

Table of Contents

List of Maps & Tablesp. 9
Abbreviationsp. 11
Acknowledgementsp. 13
Prefacep. 17
Land and Empirep. 23
Early Settlement and the Imperial Statep. 49
The Breadalbane Immigrantsp. 69
Paisley and the Emigration Societiesp. 89
Immigrant Politics and Religionp. 113
Pioneer Patriarchsp. 135
Recalling and Retellingp. 163
Rideau Purchase Supplementp. 175
Sergeant Simon Gray's Discharge Papersp. 179
List of 1815 Assisted Scottish Emigrants Settled in Lanark Countyp. 183
Names, Family Details, and Addresses of the Signatories on the "Petition of the Operative Manufacturers of Paisley, May 1820."p. 187
Selected Entries from "Auld Kirk" Kirk Session Minutes, Ramsay Townshipp. 191
Notesp. 195
Bibliographyp. 233
Indexp. 243
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