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Re: arran clearances

Posted: 1318615251000
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My great grandfather,John from Kilmarnock,married Catherine Hamilton of Arran and emigrated to Inverness, Quebec in 1856. They stayed there until about 1880 and were forced to pack up and move south, to Lawrence, Mass. My late Aunt, Catherine Wood, John's grandaughter, bemoaned "that terrible farm", indicating that the going was rough and probably not suited to a weaver from the mainland. Many of the Inverness families moved to the Lawrence-Lowell area as there was a substantial Scottish community there probably due to the mills. Dugald McKenzie's offspring were living in the30s and 40s in my hometown of St. Albans, Vt. A visit to Inverness several years ago yielded only the Scottish burial grounds in the center of the village where English is no longer spoken. What was originally (1829) meant to be a new settlement in Ontario ended in failure in Quebec.
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