10 August 2012

Selkirk Settlers

With the commemorations of the start of the War of 1812-14 another 200th Canadian anniversary has been rather overlooked. A new blog posting by Christine Woodcock, Selkirk Settlers Online Resources, summarizes where to find information about these Scottish settlers. It also gives a last opportunity to remind about the early bird registration for September's BIFHSGO Scottish-themed conference.

Also Scottish-themed is a long-awaited book Imperial Immigrants: Scottish Settlers in the Upper Ottawa Valley by St Mary's University history professor Michael Vance. From Dundurn Press it is to be released on August 20th. I hope to review on the blog soon.

That review will have to wait until after I complete the one for Lucille Campey's new Dundurn-published book Seeking a Better Future.

To bring this around full circle, Lucille was the author of the 2003 publication The Silver Chief: Lord Selkirk and the Scottish Pioneers of Belfast, Baldoon and Red River, the basis of one of her three presentations at the BIFHSGO conference.

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