Limited Passage

In early March 1815, Lord Bathurst, having issued his Edinburgh Proclamation inviting Scottish (and later Irish) emigrants to Canada, becomes concerned that the number will exceed expectations.  By then, applications had already reached 500 in Edinburgh and 200 in Glasgow.  On March 24th, 1815, Bathurst decrees that “the persons to be provided with passages from Scotland for the season are to be limited to 2,000, of the age of sixteen and upwards, with a proportion of children”.

The departure point was to be a port on the Clyde, in western Scotland, and the departure date to be April 1815.  Both the target departure date and the requested transit fee of £16 per adult male (wives would be two guineas) would eventually prove substantially optimistic – the implications of which will be detailed in our next edition of This Week in History.

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