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Irish Emigrants in North America. Part One, Part Two and Part Three by David Dobson. Reprinted three books in one by Clearfield Company, 200 Eager Street, Baltimore MD 21202. 1997. 28, 27, 29 pp. Paperback. $12.50 plus $3.50 p&h.

The three books here combined into one focus on Irish emigrants to North America during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Many of those listed in Part One are former soldiers who were encouraged by the British Government to settle in Canada after the Napoleonic Wars. There should be military personnel records for such emigrants in the Public Record Offices or in Regimental Museums. The emphasis in part two is on settlement in Canada, North Carolina and the Virgin Islands. Part three is based on source material in Ireland, Scotland, England, the West Indies and the USA.

One sample citation is: "ROURKE, THOMAS, in Kilmainham Royal Hospital, Dublin, 14 years in 4th Light Dragoons, army pensioner, applied to settle in Canada 15.3.1827. [PRO.CO384.16]."

This slim book is a lucky dip but still worth examining.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.4 no.3, 1997