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Sydney in Cape Breton Region, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces

"Northern Friends"

"Northern Friends" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 20, 2019
1. "Northern Friends" Marker
On 3 August 1802, the 245 ton ship, “Northern Friends,” arrived in Sydney Harbour with 415 settlers from Scotland. This marked the first emigration directly from Scotland to Cape Breton and formed the vanguard of the great migration which gave this Island its Scottish character.

Erected through the co-operation of the Old Sydney Society and the Gaelic Society of Cape Breton, and unveiled by the Honourable Vincent J. MacLean, Minister of Lands and Forests, October 1977.

Air an coigeamh latha de’n Lunasdal, 1802, ràinig an long, “Northern Friends,” Acairseid Shidni le ceithir ceud ‘s coig deug fir-imrich a Alba. ‘S e seo a’ cheud grunnan a thainig gu direach bho Alba do Cheap Breatunn, agus ‘s e lad a’ chruthaich an tus-feachd de’n imrich mhor a thabairt an cliu Albannach do’n Eilean seo.

Air a’ thogail le co-oibreachadh de’n Chomunn Sidni Aosda ‘s Comunn Gaidhlig Cheap Breatunn, agus fhoillseachadh leis an t-Urramach Vincent J.MacGhill’Eathain, Ministear Fearainn ‘s Coilltean, An t-Ochdmhios, 1977.
"Northern Friends" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 21, 2019
2. "Northern Friends" Marker
(Sydney harbor in background)
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1977 by Old Sydney Society, Gaelic Society of Cape Breton.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is August 3, 1802.
Location. 46° 8.594′ N, 60° 11.977′ W. Marker is in Sydney, Nova Scotia, in Cape Breton Region. Marker is at the intersection of Esplanade and Amelia Street, on the left when traveling north on Esplanade. Marker is mounted on a rock pyramid near the sidewalk. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sydney NS B1P 6C1, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sir Peter D. Macdonald (a few steps from this marker); Sir John George Bourinot (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres (within shouting distance of this marker); Royal Bank Lion (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Cossit House (about 120 meters away); St. George's Church (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); J.F.W. DesBarres (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Sydney's Heritage Conservation District (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sydney.
Also see . . .  The Highland Scots: Nineteenth century immigrants in Nova Scotia. By the end of the American Revolution in 1783, the poor economic situation in the Scottish Highlands saw tenants abandoning their land and emigrating to North America. In 1802,
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400 Highland settlers landed in Sydney, this was the first direct voyage of emigrants from Scotland to Cape Breton. Almost all of these early settlers were Gaelic speaking and were a mix of Roman Catholics and Presbyterians. (Submitted on March 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 23, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 118 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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