Plaque hon­ours Scot­tish pi­o­neer

Cer­e­mony held in Scotch­fort for Capt. John MacDonald

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Parks Canada held a plaque un­veil­ing in Scotch­fort on Fri­day to com­mem­o­rate a Scot­tish no­ble who played a lead role in en­cour­ag­ing Scot­tish set­tle­ment in P.E.I.

Capt. John MacDonald of Gle­nal­adale left writ­ten records of this early pe­riod in the his­tory of the prov­ince.

He was re­spon­si­ble for re­cruit­ing, transporting and en­sur­ing the ne­ces­si­ties for set­tle­ment for the largest num­ber of set­tlers in the prov­ince in its early years as a Bri­tish colony. MacDonald’s ten­ure as a pro­pri­etor is an ex­am­ple of the strug­gles be­tween the landown­ing class and the colo­nial au­thor­i­ties.

MacDonald was rec­og­nized as a per­son of na­tional his­toric sig­nif­i­cance dur­ing a cer­e­mony in Scotch­fort with mem­bers of the His­toric Sites and Mon­u­ments Board of Canada.

In 1772, MacDonald founded the first set­tle­ment of Scot­tish Catholics in P.E.I. (then Saint John’s Is­land) when he bought Lot 36 (20,000 acres). Lot 36 in­cludes Bloom­ing Point, Tra­cadie, Scotch­fort, Fort Au­gus­tus and Auburn.

In 1780, when lands were seized by the colo­nial gov­ern­ment and se­cretly sold, MacDonald led a long, tena­cious cam­paign for pro­pri­etor’s rights through his cam­paigns in print, cor­re­spon­dence and per­sonal meet­ings with au­thor­i­ties.

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