Exiles or entrepreneurs? Snapshots of the Scots in Canada

Marjory Harper*

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Were Scottish emigrants to Canada unwilling exiles or adventurous entrepreneurs? Was emigration an escape route for the poor and persecuted or an avenue of advancement for the ambitious? While the evidence, not surprisingly, suggests both, it is clear that hope was nearly always a much stronger sentiment than despair or resignation. This study explores various dimensions of emigration from Scotland to Canada – particularly in the nineteenth century – with reference to the inducements that attracted the emigrants, the relationship between their expectations and their experiences, and the impact they made on Canadian society from the Atlantic to the Pacific
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKingdom of the Mind
Subtitle of host publicationHow the Scots Helped Make Canada
PublisherMcGill-Queen's University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)0773529896, 9780773529908
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006


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