Release of Candian Emigration: Parliamentary Papers 1826

Today see's the launch of our second set of travel & migration records, the Canadian Emigration: Parliamentary Papers 1826.

This parliamentary paper publishes the correspondence and extensive supporting documents of the British government with the Governor-General of Canada concerning the settlement of poor Irish in the Newcastle District in 1826, or “Mr. Robinson’s Emigrants” as they became known. This was the result of a Commons request to be furnished information on the settlement as it had been publicly funded.

Parliamentary Papers 1826
Parliamentary Papers 1826

The official title of this parliamentary travel and migration record is:

“Return of the Assessed Value of the Townships in the Newcastle District in Western Canada, which were settled by Pauper Emigrants from Ireland, between the years 1825 and 1828 at the public expense: Of the number of various Emigration Societies formed in Canada in 1840, by Canadian Proprietors desirous of Settling Emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland upon their Estates. (1848)”.

In total around 260 plots are covered, giving details of over 700 people. While this is a short publication, it is an essential migration resource for those who became known as the Robinson Irish settlers and indeed anyone in Southern Ontario with an Irish family history.

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