Peter Robinson’s Settlers, 1823-1825.
By Carol Bennett. Publ. by Global Heritage Press. 2011. 195 pages.
In the 1820s, the British government, under the leadership of the Hon. Peter Robinson, MPP, a Canadian, brought groups of destitute families from the south of Ireland to Upper Canada where they settled the District of Bathurst in the Ottawa Valley, and in the Newcastle District in the Peterborough area.
Ms. Bennett provides historical background on the desperate conditions in the 1820s, some twenty-five years yet before the Famine years. The American cotton trade began replacing the Irish linen market, throwing entire families of weavers out of work, and the potato crop failed. The British government believed that emigration was one way to relieve the distress of the population. In 1823 and again in 1825, two groups of settlers emigrated to Upper Canada.
The book has historic maps, photographs of persons, families, buildings, and gravestones. There are biographies of families including the names of the ships on which they came to North America and the land descriptions of the plots of land they settled upon. Each family is featured including their life stories, events in which the families took part, and profiles of notable descendants.
Ms. Bennett is a Canadian writer whose publications include several non-fiction books on Irish settlements.
Peter Robinson’s Settlers is available from the publisher at http://goo.gl/Dymmda and from Amazon.com at http://goo.gl/zt4MVW.