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Reasons for the Voyage

Peter McLaren was born about 1779 in Breadalbane, Scotland, an area of Perthshire at the base of the Highlands and about thirty miles Northwest of Perth.  In the previous century the McLaren clan had been on the wrong side of too many battles and had lost all their lands.  Since land was wealth and status, the McLarens became tenants and tradesmen.  Peter became a weaver.

In 1820 Scotland the weavers were battered by the perfect storm:

Moving families from Scotland to Canada would solve several problems:

So the voyage would help the families, the government and the economy; and I'm sure it seemed like a good idea till they got on the boat.


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