Item 92-1001 - Peter Robinson report

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Peter Robinson report

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  • 4 May 1827 (Creation)
    Robinson, Peter

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1 folder

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Peter Robinson was born in New Brunswick in 1785. Actively involved in politics, Robinson was a commissioner of crown lands and served in the Seventh and Eighth Parliaments from 1817 to 1824. In 1823 he was approached through his brother, Sir John Beverley Robinson, Attorney General for Upper Canada, to lead an emigration of 182 families from Ireland to Canada. Most of those emigrants were to settle in the Lanark area of the Ottawa Valley. Two years later he led an additional emigration, and nine over-crowded ships left Cork for Upper Canada. Several people on board were to die before they reached their new homeland. Several of the lists of passengers have survived, and Robinson's table of statistics show that, under his leadership, approximately 2,000 people emigrated to the Peterborough area from Ireland during that time period. In 1827, it was suggested by Frances Stewart, wife of Thomas A. Stewart, that, in honour of Peter Robinson's contribution to the settlement of the area, the name Scott's Plains be changed to Peterborough, meaning "Peter's Borough". Robinson died in 1838. (taken from: LaBranche, Bill. "The Peter Robinson Settlement of 1825" 1975, and Jones, Elwood and Bruce Dyer. The Electric City. Burlington: Windsor Publications, 1987.)

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Margaret E. McGregor found the report in her sister's, Helen McGregor, belongings after Helen's death in 1990. Helen was a teacher in Peterborough for many years. The report was donated through Professor Michael Peterman, President of the Peterborough Historical Society, to the Trent University Archives along with the Newcastle District Loan Company banknotes (92-1005).

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This item is a report of the selection and despatch of the Irish immigrants that Peter Robinson settled in the Peterborough area in 1825, including names of the ships used, numbers carried, a list of townships in which the immigrants settled and the results of the harvests in 1826. A transcript of the report is included.

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Fragile. Please handle with care.

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This item was donated by Margaret E. McGregor of Bowmanville, Ontario via Professor Michael Peterman.


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Associated materials located at Library and Archives Canada, Archives of Ontario and the Peterborough Law Association Library.

For related records see: 69-001, 71-008, 77-1021, 80-009, 82-1001, 89-1028, 94-017 and 96-1007.

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A typed transcription and a photocopy of the original document is included. Researchers are requested to use these rather than the original if possible.

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