Re: [TSL] Argyll, Scotland, to Montreal 1848
Jeff Coleman via <> on 09/27/2014

There was a quarantine station at Grosse Isle on the St. Lawrence River, 
east of Quebec, in 1848, where all incoming migrant ships had to stop.

1848-49 was a cholera epidemic in UK but August 1848 is rather early - it 
was in Dumfries and Glasgow later in 1848 and spread hugely in 1849 - 
including to Canada when the peak in Quebec was July-August 1849.

It seems likely that migration to Canada would have been from a large port. 
I would suggest probably Glasgow.

It might be worth searching online newspaper archives both for Quebec about 
ship arrivals and in Scotland for adverts for emigrant ships to Canada.

The mid 1840s were the date of the Irish potato famine, which may also have 
affected the south-west of Scotland, and may have been a 'push factor' for 

It might also be relevant to discover whether any relatives or former 
neighbours were prior settlers in Strathroy, or whether they arrived 
together, as sometimes groups of families who were neighbours or relatives 
at home migrated together, and supported each other when they arrived. The 
Wikipedia article on Strathroy suggests that the area was first settled in 
1832 and a general store opened in 1840.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Frances Farmer via" <>
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Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2014 2:25 AM
Subject: [TSL] Argyll, Scotland, to Montreal 1848

> Hello all,
> I am searching for information about the journey of my great-great 
> grandfather and his family from Scotland to Montreal in 1848. I do not 
> know the exact date of their departure, the port from which they sailed, 
> or the name of the ship.
> According to the 1841 Scotland Census, their residence had been 
> Bainlongart (now known as Barnlongart), South Knapdale, Argyll, Scotland. 
> The parents and the six children had all been born in Argyll, Scotland.
> Husband:       Duncan McTaggart, born 25 Dec 1802; age at emigration - 45
> Wife:             Jean (Campbell) McTaggart, born 25 Dec 1809; age at 
> emigration - 38
> Children:
> Ann, born 8 Apr 1834; age at emigration - 14
> Alexander, born 1 May 1836; age at emigration - 12
> Janet, born 1838; age at emigration- 10
> Grace, born 2 Apr 1840; age at emigration - 8
> Margaret, born 1842; age at emigration- 6
> Jean, born 5 Jun 1845; age at emigration - 3
> There must have been illness on the ship. Duncan McTaggart, my great-great 
> grandfather, died in Montreal, 8 Aug 1848. His daughter Janet, aged 10, 
> died in Montreal 19 Aug 1848. His wife, Jean, had been pregnant during the 
> voyage. She gave birth to twin sons in July (date unknown). According to 
> family information, the babies were born on the ship and died three days 
> later. They were “buried on an island in the St. Lawrence.” Given these 
> details, I assume the voyage must have been during June/July 1848.
> I would be grateful to learn the ship’s name, the date and port of 
> departure, and any information about the probable type of illness on board 
> and how one might search for the burial places – both those in Montreal 
> and the one “on an island in the St. Lawrence.”
> The family eventually settled in Strathroy, ON, where the formidable 
> mother, Jean, lived to the age of 90!
> Frances Farmer
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