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Hebridean Pioneers by Malcolm A. Macqueen
Originally published in 1957, Hebridean Pioneers by Malcolm A. Macqueen presents a thorough, well-researched account of the Scottish immigration to North America, and more specifically Prince Edward Island, Canada. Hebridean Pioneers is the result of 40 years of research and travel on the part of the author, who retired from a successful career in law and real estate to devote his time and energy to investigating the origins of his people, the Scots who left the Highlands for a new life in a new world.
Skye Pioneers and “The Island” (1929), Macqueen’s first book, is one of the earliest and best known works of genealogy and family history published in Canada. Hebridean Pioneers improves on Skye Pioneers. It is carefully written, well documented, and rich in the kind of source material historians and genealogists seek: names, facts, dates and places. Yet Hebridean Pioneers is far less cited than Macqueen’s earlier work, and less often consulted.
This new edition seeks to make this resource more widely available with a reformatted, easy-to-read text. This edition includes not only the entire text of the original edition, but also an introduction and an index of names, making the work more accessible and easier to use as a reference book. We hope it is of use to researchers seeking information about their ancestors or the history of Scottish immigration to Canada.
The MacLeods of Prince Edward Island by Harold S. MacLeod
The MacLeods of Prince Edward Island by Harold S. MacLeod (1927-2014) was last printed in 1996. This new, revised edition is based on computer files left behind after the author’s death and reflects the many revisions he made to his book until 2005. These files, typed by the author’s wife, Tilly MacLeod, have been completely reformatted to produce clear and readable text.
This edition also includes the transcripts of cemetery headstones from Prince Edward Island cemeteries found in earlier editions.
The MacLeods of Prince Edward Island is an invaluable reference book for anyone descended from the MacLeods (and McLeods) who came from Scotland to Prince Edward Island, as well as for those interested in genealogy, family history, and the history of Scottish immigration to North America.
Skye Pioneers and “The Island” by Malcolm A. Macqueen
Skye Pioneers and “The Island” by Malcolm A. Macqueen (1878-1960) was first published in 1929 by the Stovell Company in Winnipeg. It is one of the first, if not the first, published work of genealogy and family history treating the settlers from Skye, Scotland, who came to Prince Edward Island, Canada, in the 19th Century and went on to occupy positions of prominence in Canada and North America. This edition, published in conjunction with the Belfast Historical Society of Prince Edward Island, seeks to make this difficult-to-find work available to the general public in a reformatted and easy-to-read edition.
The introduction, “Malcolm Macqueen and the Writing of Skye Pioneers,” was researched and written specifically for this edition. Besides placing Skye Pioneers within the context of published North American genealogy, it provides a succinct biography of the author and suggests when and how he wrote the book. The introduction also gives insight into the author’s goals and his view of the significance of the immigration from Skye for the development of Canada.
This is a must-read book for anyone interested in the early Scottish settlement in North America and of particular value to the many today who are descended from the settlers who came from Skye aboard the Polly, Oughton and Dykes (1803) and the Mary Kennedy (1829).