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Accession Number: 92-1001


Peter Robinson report. -- 4 May 1827. -- 1 folder.

Biography / History

Peter Robinson was born in New Brunswick in 1785 as the eldest son of Christopher Robinson (an officer of the Queen's Rangers) and Esther Sayre (daughter of Rev. John Sayre). He had two brothers and two sisters. The family settled first at Kingston in 1792 and then York in 1798. Peter fought during the War of 1812, where he commanded a rifle company at the capture of Detroit. In 1813 he distinguished himself in the defence of Michilimackinac. By 1817 he had been elected to represent the east riding of York in the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada. During 1824 to 1825 Peter Robinson helped a large number of Irish immigrant settlers find land and homes in the Peterborough area. In 1827 he was appointed Commissioner of Crown Lands and he had a seat in both the Legislative and Executive councils. In 1836 he resigned, with the rest of the Executive Council, from his responsibilities on the Council. Peter Robinson never married. He died in Toronto on July 8, 1838. (Taken from: "The Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography." 4th ed. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1978.)

Custodial History

Margaret E. McGregor found the report in her sister's, Helen McGregor, belongings after Helen's death in 1990. Helen was a teacher in Peterborough for many years. The report was donated through Professor Michael Peterman, President of the Peterborough Historical Society, to the Trent University Archives along with the Newcastle District Loan Company banknotes (92-1005).

Scope and Content

This item is a report of the selection and despatch of the Irish immigrants that Peter Robinson settled in the Peterborough area in 1825, including names of the ships used, numbers carried, a list of townships in which the immigrants settled and the results of the harvests in 1826. A transcript of the report is included.


Title based on creator of report.

This item was donated by Margaret E. McGregor of Bowmanville, Ontario via Professor Michael Peterman.

Restrictions: N

Associated materials located at the National Archives of Canada, the Archives of Ontario and the Peterborough Law Association Library.

For related records see: 69-001, 71-008, 77-1021, 80-009, 82-1001, 89-1028, 94-017 and 96-1007.