The Polly of 1803

History of Selkirks Settlers

"… in the summer of 1803, eight hundred and three Highland souls, "fearing neither the rage of the ocean, nor the hardships of uncivilized life", bade farewell to friends and country and embarked on the ships Polly, Dykes and Oughton to cross the Western Main … the Polly, which sailed from Portree, arrived in Orwell Bay, Prince Edward Island, on Sunday, August 7th. Her compliment, as Selkirk records in his dairy, was "250 full passengers and nearly 400 souls". All were members or adherents of the Presbyterian church, and all but a few, who bought land near Tyron, settled in Belfast.

The Dykes, with Selkirk on board, arrived in Charlottetown two days after the Polly, "the Skye ship", as Selkirk described her in his dairy.

The Oughton arrived on August 27 with forty or fifty families from the Island Uist. These were Roman Catholics. They settled on Selkirk’s land in the vicinity of Three Rivers, or, as the district is known today, Georgetown."

An Excerpt From "Hebridean Pioneers" by Malcolm A. Macqueen.


PARTIAL LIST OF IMMIGRANTS TO BELFAST ON "POLLY"

Compiled about 1903 by Malcolm A. Macqueen.

 

MT. BUCHANAN

BELFAST

MISCELLANEOUS

WOOD ISLANDS ROAD

RED POINT

FLAT RIVER

NEWTOWN

POINT PRIM

PINETTE AND PONDS

ORWELL

BELLE RIVER

GALLOWS POINT

GEORGETOWN ROAD

GLASHVIN


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