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The second group of emigrants to settle in Glengarry County left Scotland in 1785. The most prominent individual to leave that year was Roderick Macdonell, a Catholic missionary who had worked among the clansmen of Glengarry from 1775 to 1785. Roderick was the son of John Macdonell of Leek, one of the tacksmen leaders of the 1773; three of Roderick's brothers held commissions in Sir John Johnson's regiment during the Revolutionary War. When his family emigrated in 1773, Roderick was studying for the priesthood in Douai, France, and was unable to accompany them. Upon his return to Scotland, Roderick refused to bind himself to to serve the Scottish mission exclusively and instead took the missionary oath "on the express condition of being able to go to America". His reasons for this condition mirrored the concerns of his flock : "as his parents & whole family had already gone to America," Roderick hoped that within a few years "to follow his numerous connections" there. In a petition addressed to the Secretary of State, Lord Sydney, Macdonell explained his reasons: "That Lands have been lately assigned ... [to the Scotch Loyalists] in the higher part of Canada; but being of Roman Catholic persuasion, they are at a Loss for a clergyman, understanding their Language...That the Memorialist being known and related to many of them, they have communicated Solicitations to him to go abroad & serve them in that capacity.
We are building a pretty snug and decent stone Church at River aux Raisin, (South Lancaster, as we have seen.) he says. It is Mr Roderick [McD.] hobby horse. It is expected to be finished this year. Mr Roderick expects, as well as myself, that you will speak to, and encourage, such as you think proper, to assist in so pious and generous an undertaking by contributing to the completion of it, as I feel confident that prayers shall be put up for the success and prosperity of all who will cheerfully help to carry on so good a work.
From the Book: The Macdonell Family in Canada (Letter from Spanish John to his son John)
Obituary for Margaret Cameron of Long Sault, genealogist & Hugh Pearson MacMillan, founding force of Glengarry Historical Society and writer of the Adeventures of a Paper Sleuth
Graveslab, IONA Scotland
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Clan Donald Canada. In 2011 the AGM was in Cornwall, Sep. 9/10, 2011. Guest Speaker was myself talking
mainly about the pursuit of genealogy info, applied to my interest in Glengarry County.
Here is a copy of my speech.
The 2012 Glengarry Highland Games were held August 3rd & 4th, 2012 in Maxville, Glengarry County, Ontario, Canada.
This year the featured clan was Clan Donald. August 4th I was invited to speak and my topic was Ional and its relevance to Clan Donald and Glengarry County. - See my IONA webpage
If you are interested in Macdonalds - Clan Donald, visit their updated website at www.clandonaldcanada.ca
Happy 200th Birthday December 12, 2012 to John Sandfield Macdonald, Premier of the United Canada's and 1st Premier of Ontario. See the pages dedicated to his life and accomplishments.
Glengarry County was established in 1792. The first settlers, United Empire Loyalists' Herkimer's Batteau Company, Kings Royal Rangers (New York) and the 84th Regiment of Foot, arrived in 1783.
In 1786 500 settlers arrived from Glengarry, Scotland and were the first to settle inland, away from a river.
By the early 1800's the population of Glengarry was primarily Scottish but began to change when French Canadian settlers arrived. They had left neighbouring communities in Quebec due to land shortages.
"Farming was the main occupation of Glengarry families and although the county is well watered by the Raisin, the Baudette and the Delisle Rivers, as well as several branches of the Rigaud River, the land did not produce too many
rich farms and it became customary for the young men to winter in the lumber shanties to supplement their income. The men also left for parts of the United States and the western provinces seeking a more lucrative way of life."
Individual Report for Rev. Roderick Macdonell (Roman Catholic)