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The Scottish Catholics in Prince Edward Island 1772 - 1922
Memorial Volume


Foreword

The erection of a monument at Scotchfort to commemorate the arrival of the first Scottish Catholic immigrants in Prince Edward Island, is an event that deserves more than passing notice. So closely is it connected with the best traditions of Catholicity in this Country, that it deserves to be enshrined in the memory of all, who are impressed with the influence the Catholic Church has exercised in the destinies of the Province.

For this reason the Committee in charge of the matter deemed it advisable to publish a "Memorial Volume" containing an account of the entire proceedings, and at the same time setting forth the aims and aspirations, crystallized in the Scottish Catholic reunion of July 19th, 1922.

The volume thus presented to the public contains in detail the story of the first Scottish Catholic emigrants. It recounts the trying circumstances that forced them to leave their native land, and come to seek homes in Prince Edward Island. It describes the conditions they met on their arrival and the subsequent trials and difficulties they were forced to undergo. The brightest page in the volume tells of the heroism and devotedness of the early Missionaries, who with the constancy of Martyrs stood at their post of duty, and labored to preserve the Faith, amid incredible privations.

While the monument standing at Scotchfort will speak to the passerby of things wrought for God and Country, this little volume will bear the same story of devotedness throughout wider areas and to larger numbers. This is the object of the "Memorial Volume" this the wish of

The Committee.

Charlottetown,
July 19th, 1922