Column: Immigrants From the Isle of Tiree

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:Isle of Tiree

Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin

Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook)

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Title: Immigrants From the Isle of Tiree

Snippet: Just south of the Isle of Skye is a collection of smaller islands, which includes Tiree. The Scottish island is a relatively flat slab of treeless land measuring 20 km long and between 2 and 12 km wide. Artifacts found on Tiree date back to the Stone Age, and Celtic and Viking settlements. MacDougall, MacDonald, MacLean and Campbell clans at one time or another controlled the island. The language of the people was Gaelic, and many inhabitants still speak it today. Tiree is Gaelic for ‘land of corn’.

At its peak of population in the mid-1800s, more than 5,000 people called Tiree home. Only about 700 live on the small island today. Between 1847 and 1853, the Duke of Argyll assisted 1,354 people to emigrate, many making the journey to Canada. Others left the island for mainland Scotland. Although the moves were said to be voluntary, evidence reveals some individuals, particularly the poor, were forced from their homes.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.


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