The Highlands And Islands Emigration Society

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In Ardchattan there were few of the wholesale "clearances" that were seen further north, but over the centuries starvation, economic opportunities and changes in land management forced many to leave their ancestral lands and find a new life elsewhere.
It is also clear from the 1800's census that people were on the move a lot, throughout the area, between counties, and then further afield.

The Highlands and Islands Emigration Society

Between 1852 and 1857, the Highlands and Islands Emigration Society assisted almost 5000 individuals to leave western Scotland for Australia.The Highland and Island Emigration Society was set up by private subscription to alleviate destitution in the Highlands by promoting and assisting the emigration of Highlanders to Australia. The web site link above has databases of shipping lists and other information

Emigration Records
There are unfortunately very few records in National Records of Scotland (NRS) which list names of emigrants. The Colonial Office, based in London, was responsible for emigration in the 19th century and its records are held by The National Archives (London) (TNA). They also hold the surviving outward passenger lists from 1890.

suggested further reading from the NRS site

Further reading

  • P W Filby and M K Meyer, 'Passenger and Immigration Lists Index - A Guide to Published Arrival Records, 1538-1900' (Gale Research Company, Detroit, 1981), 7 vols with supplements
  • P W Filby, 'Passenger and Immigration Lists Bibliography, 1538-1900' (USA and Canada) (Detroit, 1988)
  • D Dobson, 'Directory of Scottish Settlers in North America, 1625-1825', 7 vols. (Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1984-1993)
  • D Dobson, 'The Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783' (Genealogical Publishing Company, 1989)
  • J W Weaver and D Lester, 'Immigrants from Great Britain and Ireland - A Guide to Archival and Manuscript Sources in North America' (Greenwood Press, 1986)
  • D Whyte, 'A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to the USA', 2 vols. (Magna Carta Book Company, Baltimore, 1972 and 1986)
  • D Whyte, 'A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to Canada Before Confederation', 2 vols. (Ontario Genealogical Society, 1986 and 1995)
  • D Whyte, 'The Scots Overseas: a Selected Bibliography' (Scottish Association of Family History Societies, 1995)
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