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August 18, 2015

6-Part Series on Peter Robinson Settlers Ireland to Ontario

Thanks to my friend and fellow blogger Gail Dever of Genealogy a la Carte for this tidbit about the Peter Robinson Settlers.

6-Part Series on Peter Robinson Settlers to Ontario
Passenger List of The Hebe, 1823
In 1822, the British Government established a trial emigration scheme for Irish paupers to Upper Canada. There were two waves of emigration, one in 1823 the second in 1825.On July 1, 1823, Peter Robinson arranged for 568 paupers from Ireland (mainly Cork) to sail on two ships, the Hebe and the Stakesby, to Quebec City.

In spring of 1825, Robinson recorded 2024 passengers on board nine ships - Fortitude, Resolution, Albion, Brunswick, Star, Amity, Regulus, Elizabeth, and John Barry. The ships left Cobh, Cork Harbour Ireland in May and June, 1825. By the fall of 1825, each family was relocated to a log shanty on property in – Asphodel, Douro, Dummer, Emily, Ennismore (Gore of Emily), Smith, and Otonabee Townships in Peterborough.

The Examiner has been presenting a six-part series by local writer and historian Patrick Leahy that looks back at the earliest days of the community.

This series of articles has been following the route of the Peter Robinson Settlers, a party of 2,000 impoverished Irish Emigrants, as they made their way to what would become Peterborough in 1825.

The exploits of these early settlers will be one of the focuses at this year's inaugural Peter Robinson Festival, which coincides with the 190th anniversary of this large group in the Peterborough area.

Peter Robinson ships passenger lists and surgeons’ logs are also available on my website Olive Tree Genealogy

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