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Twentieth Issue
Volume 9, No. 4


Of Murderers And Malls
By Faustus Salvador

Song Of The Sea
By Bert Almon

Speaking In Tongues
By Ian McGillis

Taking It To The Streets
By Carolyn Marie Souaid

The Ten-year Conundrum
By Kim Bourgeois


Cutting Corners
Reviewed by Margaret Goldik

Reviewed by Margaret Goldik

Still Life
Reviewed by Margaret Goldik


The Scots Of Montreal: A Pictorial Album
Reviewed by Margaret Goldik

A Kingdom Of The Mind: How The Scots Helped Make Canada
Reviewed by Margaret Goldik

Les Ecossais: The Pioneer Scots Of Lower Canada, 1763-1855
Reviewed by Margaret Goldik

Les Ecossais: The Pioneer Scots Of Lower Canada, 1763-1855
By Lucille H. Campey
paper 322 pp.
Natural Heritage Books 1-897045-14-X

Summer Reading: History

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New Document This is the sixth in Lucille Campey's series of meticulously researched histories about the Scottish exodus to Canada. A seventh, about emigration from Scotland to New Brunswick, is in the works. All through the series Campey explains why people moved where they did, why they stayed, and sometimes, why they moved on.

After the Seven Years' War, when regiments disbanded, many Scots remained behind as some of the earliest immigrants. The Scots had a considerable influence on the economic development of Lower Canada, being prominent as fur traders, merchants, and in the lumber trade. Also, they were comfortable with the French fact of Lower Canada, having been partners in the Auld Alliance between Scotland and France. They married French-Canadians, and their descendants became Francophone. Their music, along with that of the Irish, was adopted by their new compatriots.

Campey also addresses the issue of why the Scots' influence, although profound, was relatively short-lived. Many Scots eventually left Lower Canada for land and opportunities further west, and those that remained settled into being "Les Écossais."

Her appendices include passenger lists, lists of those who signed petitions in support of the Earl of Dalhousie, and ship crossings from Scotland to Quebec from 1785 - 1855. This book, as absorbing as a good historical novel, is a genealogist's delight.