Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

9/7/2007

Did You Know? – First Scots in New Zealand

The first time that Scotland had sent an organised group of emigrants to settle abroad was the ill-fated “Darien Scheme” in Panama at the very end of the 18th century. As a result of the huge losses made from that expedition, Scotland lost its own separate government in the ensuing Union of the Parliaments in 1707. So there must have been some trepidation, less than 50 years later, when a shipload of Scots was organised to sail to the other side of the world to settle in Dunedin in New Zealand. But this expedition was to prove more successful and lasting. for more click here

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