The Edinburgh Proclamation

During this week in 1815, an unprecedented offer was made to the residents of Edinburgh and other areas of Scotland and Ireland, of free transportation to British North America, and 100 acres of land for each mature male. On February 22, 1815, a now-famous proclamation declaring this – the Edinburgh Proclamation – was issued by “the authority of His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, acting in the name and on behalf of His Majesty, and communicated by the Right Honourable Earl of Bathurst”.

This was the first step toward the establishment of the Perth Military Settlement, and the founding of our area – the Town of Perth and the Townships of Tay Valley, Drummond/North Elmsley and Beckwith. Subsequent dates, leading up to our 200th anniversary, will be the subject of future editions of this column.