Tartan Day — Resources about the Scottish in Quebec

Happy Tartan Day! Today we celebrate our Scottish heritage in Canada where almost five million people claim Scottish ancestry.

With this post, I will attempt to generate the same level of enthusiasm that Online resources about the Irish in Quebec did on St. Patrick’s Day, but it may be a challenge. Given the role the Scottish played in Quebec, I was very surprised to find very few resources about the Scottish in this province.


Scottish in Quebec

Hebridean Scots and the Province of Quebec: History and Genealogy. Hebridean Scots are from the islands off the western coast of Scotland.
This website is about the Scots from the islands off the western coast of Scotland who emigrated in the 19th century and settled in Quebec’s Eastern Townships of Quebec. The site includes links to several online resources.

Scottish in Montreal

Montreal’s Scottish Community, 1835-1865: A Preliminary Study. In her Master’s thesis, Heather McNabb examines and dispels the popular perception that the Scottish in Montreal were all prosperous. The bibliography at the end provides a long list of resources.


Baillie, Ray. Scottish Imprints in Quebec. Westmount, Quebec: Price-Patterson, 2010. A region by region guide to Scottish landmarks throughout Quebec

Bennett, Margaret. Oatmeal and the Catechism: Scottish Gaelic Settlers in Quebec. Montreal, Quebec: McGill Queens University Press, 2004. Looks at the history, culture and folklore of the Scottish Gaelic settlers in the eastern townships of Quebec

Campey, Lucille. An Unstoppable Force: The Scottish Exodus to Canada. Toronto, Ontario: Natural Heritage Books, 2008.

Campey, Lucille. Fast Sailing and Copper-Bottomed: Aberdeen Sailing Ships and the Emigrant Scots They Carried to Canada, 1774-1855, Toronto, Ontario: Natural Heritage Books, 2002.

Campey, Lucille. Les Écossais: The Pioneer Scots of Lower Canada, 1763-1855. Toronto, Ontario: Natural Heritage Books, 2006.

Little, J. Crofters and Habitants: Settler Society, Economy, and Culture in a Quebec Township, 1848-1881. McGill-Queen’s Press, 1991. Part of this book is available online.

MacPhearson, Sir James. The Scot In New France: An Ethnological Study. Inaugural Address, Lecture Season, 1880-81. Read Before The Literary And Historical Society Of Quebec, 29th November, 1880. Dawson Brothers, 1881.

Price, Lynda. Introduction to the Social History of Scots in Quebec – 1780-1840. Ottawa, Ontario: National Museums of Canada, 1981. Chapters include emigration, Scots in the economic structure, Scottish businessmen in Montreal, and Montreal and Quebec parish records.


Anglo-Celtic Connections http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.ca John D. Reid writes daily posts about family history resources from an Ottawa perspective.

British GENES http://britishgenes.blogspot.ca Scottish-based family historian and author Chris Paton features top stories and events concerning British Isles ancestral research on his blog.

Scottish Genealogy Tips Tricks & Tidbits http://scottishgenealogytipsntricks.blogspot.ca Ontario-based genealogy educator Christine Woodcock shares Scottish resources on her blog.

A Twig in My Tree http://twiginmytree.blogspot.ca Blogger Alana Farrell, who was born in Saskatchewan and raised in Montreal, shares stories about her family research in Scotland and Ireland.

Training Videos

FamilySearch offers four free training videos about conducting research about our Scottish ancestry and the resources available in Scottish repositories and online.


About Gail Dever

Gail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogist and blogger and a webmaster for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
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2 Responses to Tartan Day — Resources about the Scottish in Quebec

  1. Susan Gingras Calcagni says:

    Love all things Scottish! Yours Aye Susan

  2. Dianne Nolin says:

    Most of those books, if you plug them into Google, at google BOOKS, you can see part of what is in the book, to see if it meets your needs before buying. In some cases you can see lists of ships that came 1800-1855, and one you can see the names on a passenger list.
    Not ALL the books is shown, just parts, but you can scroll down, and look at the Index menu (top right where is gives page no and

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