Scotland Farewell

Author: Donald MacKay
Publisher: Dundurn
ISBN: 1459711181
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This is the story of the Highland Scots who sailed to Pictou, Nova Scotia, in 1773 aboard the brig Hector. These intrepid emigrants came for many reasons: the famine of the previous spring, pressures of population growth, intolerable rent increases, trouble with the law, the hunger of landless men to own land of their own. Upon arrival at Pictou, after an appalling storm-tossed crossing, they found they had been deceived. The promised prime farming land turned out to be virgin forest. Only the kindness of the Mi’kmaq and the few New Englanders already settled there enabled them to survive until they learned how to exploit the forests and clear land. But survive they did, and their prosperity encouraged shiploads of emigrants, many fellow clansmen, to join them, making northeastern Nova Scotia a true New Scotland.

After the Hector

Author: Lucille H. Campey
Publisher: Dundurn
ISBN: 1770703020
Format: PDF
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This is the first fully documented and detailed account, produced in recent times, of one of the greatest early migrations of Scots to North America. The arrival of the Hector in 1773, with nearly 200 Scottish passengers, sparked a huge influx of Scots to Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. Thousands of Scots, mainly from the Highlands and Islands, streamed into the province during the late 1700s and the first half of the nineteenth century. Lucille Campey traces the process of emigration and explains why Scots chose their different settlement locations in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. Much detailed information has been distilled to provide new insights on how, why and when the province came to acquire its distinctive Scottish communities. Challenging the widely held assumption that this was primarily a flight from poverty, After the Hector reveals how Scots were being influenced by positive factors, such as the opportunity for greater freedoms and better livelihoods. The suffering and turmoil of the later Highland Clearances have cast a long shadow over earlier events, creating a false impression that all emigration had been forced on people. Hard facts show that most emigration was voluntary, self-financed and pursued by people expecting to improve their economic prospects. A combination of push and pull factors brought Scots to Nova Scotia, laying down a rich and deep seam of Scottish culture that continues to flourish. Extensively documented with all known passenger lists and details of over three hundred ship crossings, this book tells their story. "The saga of the Scots who found a home away from home in Nova Scotia, told in a straightforward, unembellished, no-nonsense style with some surprises along the way. This book contains much of vital interest to historians and genealogists." - Professor Edward J. Cowan, University of Glasgow "...a well-written, crisp narrative that provides a useful outline of the known Scottish settlements up to the middle of the 19th century...avoid[s] the sentimental ’victim & scapegoat approach’ to the topic and instead has provided an account of the attractions and mechanisms of settlement...." - Professor Michael Vance, St. Mary’s University, Halifax

Die Nacht der Raben

Author: Ann Cleeves
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644407517
Format: PDF
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Weißt du, wem du trauen kannst? Winter auf den Shetland-Inseln. Still ruht die Welt unter einer weißen Decke. Das Mädchen im Schnee trägt einen roten Schal um den Hals. Um sie herum sitzen Raben. Als Fran Hunter die Leiche der Sechzehnjährigen findet, ist es um die Dorfidylle geschehen. Ein Schuldiger ist schnell gefunden. Die Polizei verhaftet Magnus Tait, einen menschenscheuen Sonderling. Doch dann verschwindet während des Wikingerfestivals «Up Helly Aa» Frans kleine Tochter Cassie ... «Ann Cleeves wirft einen Blick hinter die heile Fassade einer eingeschworenen Dorfgemeinschaft, in der jeder die Geheimnisse des anderen zu kennen glaubt, sich in Wahrheit jedoch Abgründe auftun. Eine fesselnde Lektüre.» (Val McDermid)