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Accession Number: 96-1007


Peter Robinson document cover. -- 13 Nov. 1828. -- 1 item.

Biography / History

Peter Robinson was born in New Brunswick in 1785. Actively involved in politics, Robinson was a commissioner of crown lands and served in the Seventh and Eighth Parliaments from 1817 to 1824. In 1823 he was approached through his brother, Sir John Beverley Robinson, Attorney General for Upper Canada, to lead an emigration of 182 families from Ireland to Canada. Most of those emigrants were to settle in the Lanark area of the Ottawa Valley. Two years later he led an additional emigration, and nine over-crowded ships left Cork for Upper Canada. Several people on board were to die before they reached their new homeland. Several of the lists of passengers have survived, and Robinson's table of statistics show that, under his leadership, approximately 2,000 people emigrated to the Peterborough area from Ireland during that time period. In 1827, it was suggested by Frances Stewart, wife of Thomas A. Stewart, that, in honour of Peter Robinson's contribution to the settlement of the area, the name Scott's Plains be changed to Peterborough, meaning "Peter's Borough". Robinson died in 1838. (taken from: LaBranche, Bill. "The Peter Robinson Settlement of 1825" 1975, and Jones, Elwood and Bruce Dyer. "The Electric City." Burlington: Windsor Publications, 1987.)

Custodial History

The fonds was donated to the Trent University by A.O.C. Cole via the estate of his father, Dr. C.E. Cooper Cole.

Scope and Content

This item is a document cover sheet with an inscription "Glengary 13th Nov. 1828, Bishop McDonell, Cornwall, Private, 25 Nov., [to] The Honbl. Peter Robinson, His Majestys Wardon of Woods in Upper Canada & c., York".


Title based on the contents of the fonds.

This item has been torn. Please handle with care.

The fonds was donated by A.O.C. Cole.

Restrictions: N

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

For related records see: 69-001, 71-006, 77-1021, 80-009, 82-1001, 89-1028, 92-1001, and 94-017.