CPR-NS.8454 | Scottish Immigrants, about 1927
Scottish Immigrants, about 1927
About 1927, 20th century
Canadian Pacific Railway Archives
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Keys to History
The Scottish connection with the CPR can be seen in many contexts. Most importantly, the railway and its subsidiary passenger-ship company played a vital role in bringing Scottish immigrants to Canada and the Canadian prairies. Here a party of Scottish crofters, or tenant farmers, is preparing to leave Britain on a Canadian Pacific steamship, en route to farms in western Canada, to "prairie lands sunkist and blest." As crofters, they would have worked for a landowner, perhaps one of the wealthy aristocrats like the Duke of Sutherland, who owned 1.5 million acres of land. In Canada they could own their own farms.
This photograph shows a family of Scots about to emigrate from Great Britain to Canada.
The location is unknown, but is probably a British port such as Liverpool.
The family is leaving for Canada around 1927. Between 1919 and 1930 some 200,000 Scots immigrated to Canada.
Most of the Scots immigrants were farmers and artisans, although large numbers of business and professional people emigrated, especially teachers and clergymen.