The following book review was written by Bobbi King:
The Lanark Society Settlers.
By Carol Bennett. Publ. by Global Heritage Press. 2012. 232 pages.
In 1820 and 1821, more than forty emigration societies sponsored the migration from Scotland of about 3000 Scottish people who were given land in Upper Canada in the townships of Dalhousie, Lanark, North Sherbrooke, and Ramsay. These settlers came to be known as the Lanark Society Settlers, even though one “Lanark Society” never existed, but the term came to represent those who settled in the New Lanark Settlement of Ontario.
Ms. Bennett provides the historical context which drove the travelers to leave their homes and seek new ones across the Atlantic. The 1815 war between Britain and France had devastated the British economy, particularly depressing the Scottish weavers in the counties of Lanark and Renfrew. The author describes the voyagers’ experiences on the ships and the events following their arrivals.
There are maps, photographs, biographies, genealogies, journal entries, and anecdotes depicting the societies, the families, and the townships. The author lists her sources and bibliography for those who wish to do further research. The index has over 400 entries, mostly surnames. Included are lists of some English and Irish people who arrived in the Lanark Settlement at the same time as the Society Settlers.
This book is a companion volume to Peter Robinson’s Settlers.
The Lanark Society Settlers is available directly from the publisher at http://globalgenealogy.com/countries/canada/ontario/lanark/resources/101063.htm as well as from Amazon.com at http://goo.gl/t31rvn and other genealogy bookstores.