Cat No.: CA0292-2-DL:
The Scotsman in Canada Vol.2: (Western Canada, including Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and portions of old Rupert’s Land and the Indian Territories.)
This is Volume 2 of a 2 volume set which is considered the definitive treatise on the distribution, and achievements, of the “sons” of Scotland in the European colonization of (now) Canada. The two volumes separate the colonization of Canada geographically into the Eastern and Western Provinces, Vol. 2 dealing with those in the West with the addition of the Fur Traders of Montreal, and The Explorers of the Arctic.
Because of the enormous scope and breadth of the subject matter to be treated, a separate author was chosen for each volume : George Bryce, M.A., D.D., LL.D., for Volume 2. A side benefit of this tactic was that both volumes could be published at the same time, approximately 1911, although neither volume bears a declared publication date. This duality can be recognized in some fundamental differences between the format of the two books (page size is one instance), which can be a little distracting at first. In addition The Vol.1 author arranged his subjects largely on a geographic basis, i.e., by Province, or by Settlement, whereas the Vol.2 author arranged his discourse more along topical lines, e.g., Business Men, Lord Selkirk, etc. Both authors lead with some discussion of the Scottish homeland and the motivations which encouraged the move to Canada.
Following a brief discussion of the origins of the Scots as a composite race, the author reviews the strong connections between Scotland and the “Hudsons Bay Company” which drew heavily on the Scots, at all levels, for its “staff.” This naturally leads into further discussions of Scottish exploration of Canada’s vast “hinterland” and so to the projects of several well recognized leaders of “colonization” projects. Not least amongst this material is a “List of the Selkirk Colonists”, a typical example of the authors practice of including as many individual names as he had access to.
As the volume follows the immigrants overland penetration of Canada it eventually brings the discussion to the Pacific shores including the emerging British Columbian Province. At this point the author switches to reviewing groups of Scots by their common “calling” be that religion, business, academic or social.
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