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The Scot and Canada
By James A. Roy (1947)
Our thanks to David Hunter, President of the Scottish Studies Foundation, for providing this book for us


About the Author

James Alexander Roy, author and, since 1920, Professor of English at Queen's University, Kingston, was educated at Webster's Seminary and at Edinburgh and Giessen Universities. He was formerly a Lecturer in English Language and Literature at St. Andrew's University, and guest Professor at the Universities of Berlin, Gottingen and Munster, 1936.

During 1915-1919 Professor Roy served with considerable distinction in the Artillery and Intelligence Staff. G.H.Q.

Critical works by Professor Roy include: Cowper & His Poetry (1914); Joseph Howe, A Study in Achievement and Frustration (1935); James Matthew Barrie, An Appreciation (1937). The Heart is Highland, an autobiography, will be published this year.

In all my travels I never met with any one Scotchman but what was a man of sense.
F. Locken, D.D. (1667-1740)

There never came a fool out of Scotland; they all stay at home.
Anon.

Scotland—that knuckle-end of England, that land of Calvin, oat-cakes and sulphur.
Sydney Smith (1771-1845)

There used to be a gibe in Scotland that only the fool of the family stayed at home. According to Professor James A. Roy a goodly number of the wise ones came to Canada and have there made their mark. From emigrants they have become nation-builders. By the time they have reached the second generation they have become more Canadian than Scot, yet they have retained the qualities that make for success, and have given their racial characteristics to Canada more than any other group.

In the first half of The Scot And Canada, Professor Roy outlines the conditions which have governed the growth of the Scottish mentality. In the second half he comes down to cases, depicting some of the outstanding Scots associated with British North America, including those who came to Canada by way of Continental Europe and the United States. He recalls romantic incidents that have been too lightly forgotten, as for instance in the pages dealing with Flora Macdonald which alone make the book worthwhile. The account of Lord Selkirk's Settlements in Prince Edward Island and on the Red River is particularly good. Admirably told, also, is the story of the Scots in Upper Canada.

This is a book which should be a 'must' for the Scottish-Canadian readers.

—John Murray Gibbon.

I. The Scot

II. The Scot in Canada


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