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The Scottish Catholics in Prince Edward Island 1772 - 1922
Chapter XIX


The first meeting called for the purpose of promoting this project, was held in Charlottetown on September 29th, 1921. Here the matter was discussed at some length, and it was decided that as the following year was the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of the first Scottish immigrants in Prince Edward Island, their descendants should take due notice of the fact, and not permit the occasion to pass, without celebrating the same in some suitable manner. With this end in view, a Committee was appointed to take the business in hand and make all the necessary arrangements. This Committee having been empowered to add to its numbers, did so from time to time according as new needs arose, and when increased to its full strength was made up of the following persons:- All Priests of Scottish descent in Prince Edward Island.

All Presidents of Local Branches of the St. Andrews Society.

Judge A. L. Fraser, Souris, P. E. Island.
Hon. David McDonald, GIenfinnan, P. E. Island.
Hon. J. A. McDonald, Cardigan, P. E. Island.
Hon. Laughlin McDonald, East Point, P. E. Island.
Mr. Joseph McLellan, Indian River, P. E. Island.
Mr. Charles McDonald, Borden, P. E. Island.
Mr. Andrew McDonald, Vernon River, P. E. Island.
Mr. Charles A. McDonald, Mount Stewart, P. E. Island.
Mr. Alexander McKenzie, Scotchfort, P. E. Island.
Mr. Howard McDonald, Georgetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. Alexander A. McDonald, Georgetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. Dan. C. McDonald, M.L.A. Greenvale, P. E. Island.
Mr. Angus Beaton, East Point, P. E. Island.
Mr. John A. McInnis, Selkirk, P. E. Island.
Mr. Archibald C. McPhee, St. Margarets, P. E. Island.
Mr. Roderick J. McLellan, St. Georges, P. E. Island.
Mr. James AE. McDonald, Little Pond, P. E. Island.
Mr. A. A. McDonald, M. D. Souris, P. E. Island.
Mr. Roderick J. McDonald, St. Peters, P. E. Island.
Mr. John J. McGillvray, Vernon River, P. E. Island.
Mr. Daniel McKinnon, Brae, P. E. Island.
Mr. Leo McKinnon, Brae, P. E. Island.
Mr. John D. McDonald, Lot 7, P. E. Island.
Mr. Pius Sutherland, St. Peter's, P. E. Island.
Mr. James McKinnon, Rollo Bay, P. E. Island.
Mr. Andrew J. McInnis, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. James Campbell, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. John A. McDonald, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. Alexander McDonald, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. W. J. P. McMillan, M. D. Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. Daniel J. McDonald, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. W. D. Gillis, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. Leo McDonald, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. Alban McDonald, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. Ray McDonald, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. George J. McCormack, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. L. B. McMiilan, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. Sixtus McLellan, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. Thomas M. McMillan, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. A. J. McAdam, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. James McIsaac, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. Frank J. McDonald, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. George McCormack, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. Bennet McDonald, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. Louis J. McDonald, Charlottetown, P. E. Island.
Mr. Arthur Mclnnis, Charlottetown. P. E. Island.
Mr. Thomas V. Grant, M. D. Montague, P. E. Island.
Mr. Bernard J. McCormack, St. Georges, P. E. Island.
Mr. Daniel McAulay, St. Peters, P. E. Island.
Mr. Emanuel McLellan, Richmond, P. E. Island.
Mr. David Cameron, Richmond, P. E. Island.
Mr. Cornelius McLellan, Arlington P. E. Island.
Mr. Frank Gillis, Bayside, P. E. Island.
Mr. John E. McDonald, Souris, P. E. Island.
Mr. James A. McNeill, Summerside, P. E. Island.
Mr. Daniel B. McDonald, Bedeque, P. E. Island.
Mr. James P. McIntyre, St. Andrews, P. E. Island.
Mr. John C. McDonald, Bedford, P. E. Island.
Mr. William McNeill,  Summerside, P. E. Island.

The Executive of the General Committee was made up of the following persons:-

Patron-Right Rev. L. J. O'Leary, Bishop of Charlottetown.
Hon. Pres. Very Rev. D. M. McDonald, Tignish,
Hon. Pres. Very Rev. D. J. Gillis, Indian River,
Hon. Pres. Very Rev. J. C. McLean, Souris.
Acting Pres. D. B. McDonald, Bedeque,
Vice-Pres. (Prince County) Rev. J.J. McDonald, Summerside
Vice-Pres. (Queens County) Alex. McDonald, Charlottetown
Vice. Pres. (Kings County) R. J. McDonald, M. D. St. Peters.
Secretary- Rev. William V. McDonald, Hope River,
Asst.-Sec.- J. A. McDonald, Barrister, Charlottetown,
Treas.- W. J. P. McMillan, M. D., Charlottetown

The General Committee thus appointed and officered entered upon its duties without delay, and soon evolved a programme for the proposed celebration, which was duly explained in a booklet bearing the title

CELEBRATION OF THE LANDING
of the
SCOTTISH CATHOLICS
on
Prince Edward Island
in
A. D. 1772, and after.

Amongst other things this Booklet set forth:- "A Movement has been inaugurated to commemorate in a fitting manner the 150th, anniversary of the landing of the first Scottish Catholic settlers in what is now the Province of Prince Edward Island.

"But it is the intention to commemorate the arrival not alone of those who made their landing at Scotchfort, but also in subsequent immigrations to various parts of the Province, and for that reason a monument is to be erected to the memory, in common, of all those original Scottish Catholic settlers."

"The monument is to be erected at or near the site of the first Church, near the present Railway Station at Scotchfort."

"The tentative programme is, that proceedings shall commence with Pontifical High Mass, in the open air, to be celebrated by one of the Bishops whose ancestors were numbered amongst those pioneer settlers. The monument shall then be unveiled with becoming ceremony and this shall be followed by a general celebration, embracing Highland games and other amusements."

This tentative programme was somewhat modified at subsequent meetings, and in its final state provided that: Pontifical High Mass would be celebrated in the open air by Right Reverend Louis J. O'Leary, Bishop of Charlottetown; that a Sermon befitting the occasion would be preached by Right Reverend James Morrison, Bishop of Antigonish, N. S.; That the unveiling of the monument would take place in the afternoon, with speeches by prominent men, representing the Civil and Religious life of the Country. The remainder of the day would be passed as an ordinary picnic, thus affording the people, who were expected to come from the remotest parts of the Province, an excellent opportunity of meeting old acquaintances.

The day chosen for the celebration was Wednesday, July 19th, 1922, the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul. This choice of a day was singularly appropriate inasmuch as the Society of Priests founded by St. Vincent, had rendered valiant service in the Highland Districts of Scotland, during the trying days of religious persecution. When the Catholic religion was proscribed in Scotland, when it was not permitted to have Colleges, when Seminaries were pillaged and burned, and when the well-springs of Priestly vocations were in imminent danger of completely drying up, the priests of St. Vincent de Paul came to the succor of the afflicted people, and under God were the means of preserving the Faith in the western Highlands.

To make adequate preparations for carrying out this programme entailed considerable work; and to facilitate matters, it was deemed advisable to divide up the General Committee into a number of sub-committees, each having a special purpose, and a certain well defined share of the arrangements to attend to. In this way it was hoped that every need would be provided for, every emergency foreseen, and nothing left undone to make the proposed celebration in every respect a great success. These several Committees were as follows:

A MONUMENT COMMITTEE, whose duty was to decide what form the monument would take, and to attend to its construction and erection.

AN ENTERTAINMENT COMMITTEE, in whose hands was the furnishing of entertainment for the people present.

A FINANCE COMMITTEE, whose duty was to look after the management of the funds.

A PUBLICITY COMMITTEE, to advertise the Celebration, and bring it to the notice of people at home and abroad.

A TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, to make the necessary arrangements for trains, and other means of transportation.

A CATERING COMMITTEE, to provide the food and refreshments that would be required for the occasion.


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