Trent Valley Archives is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of Howard Pammett’s classic work on the Peter Robinson Settlers. Peterborough Irish will include Pammett’s updated narrative and an introduction by Elwood H. Jones.
In his “The Assisted Irish Emigration to Upper Canada under Peter Robinson in 1825,” Pammett was the first historian to analyze the Peter Robinson papers documenting the British government’s first assisted emigration experiments in 1823 and 1825. The story of the emigration, settlement in the Ottawa and Peterborough areas, and the subsequent trials and successes of the settlers attracted wide attention shortly after their arrival and in the two centuries following. The new introduction discusses Pammett’s accomplishment, along with observations on other works touching on Ireland, on pre-Famine emigration, and on the history of Peterborough, Victoria and Hastings Counties.
Trent Valley Archives has considered, over thirty years, how best to make Pammett’s foundational work accessible. We have worked hard to confirm the sources and review wider pertinent and engaging archival and historical resources. Text, bibliography and footnotes have been checked for clarity and accuracy, and this edition will include illustrations and maps as well as an updated bibliography.