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Emigrants from Ulster in Prince Edward Island, 1770-1790

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review: No. 12, 1996


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by Richard K. MacMaster

"Emigrants from Ulster could choose among many British colonies in North America in the years of heavy emigration just before the American Revolution.

The Belfast News Letter and the Londonderry Journal regularly carried advertisements for sailings to New York, Newcastle and Philadelphia, Baltimore and Charleston, South Carolina.

Ships went less often to Savannah, Georgia, Wilmington, North Carolina, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, but it was possible to find a ship going to these posts, too."

This article examines the attempts to attract settlers from Ulster to the island of St John, now Prince Edward Island, and looks at those who did settle there.