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This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (June 2008) Quebecers of Scottish descent Notable Scots-Quebecers: 'John Redpath' 'James McGill' Total population Scots-Quebecers[1] 202,515 Total Responses 2.7% of Quebec's Population 30,255 Single Responses 0.4% of Quebec's Population Regions with significant populations Montreal, Quebec City, Eastern Townships Languages English, French, (formerly) Scottish Gaelic, Lowland Scots Religion Protestant (Anglican, Baptist, Presbyterian, United Church of Canada), Roman Catholic Related ethnic groups Scottish, Scottish Canadians, Ulster Scots, English-speaking Quebecer The Scot-Quebecers (French language: Écossais-Québécois), are Quebecers who are of Scottish descent. Contents 1 Background 2 Settling 3 Commerce, Science and Culture 4 Notable Scots-Quebecers 5 See also 6 Notes 7 References // Background Few Scots came to Quebec (then New France) before the Seven Years War.[2] Those who did blended in with the French population. Perhaps the first Scot to settle was Abraham Martin dit l'Écossois, who by 1800 had 7765 married descendants among the French-speaking population.[3] In 1763, the French population of Quebec was approximately 55,000 when France handed it over to Great Britain under the terms of the Treaty of Paris (1763) that ended the French and Indian War. By the beginning of the 19th century, the Quebec population was expanding slowly as immigration began from Great Britain. Impoverished Scottish immigrants, many the victim of the Highland and Lowland Clearances, saw unlimited opportunity in this huge forested land. The bond between Scotland and France, however, also extended to numerous other areas such as the Gens d’Armes Ecossais (Scots Men-At-Arms) who guarded the kings of France for nearly three hundred years. Today in France there are many descendants of these Scots who have lived there for centuries.[citation needed] They carry names such as Campbell and MacDonald, the most famous[citation needed] of the latter being Étienne Macdonald, Marshal of France. Settling Some of these Scottish immigrants settled in Quebec City but many with an entrepreneurial drive kept moving west to Montreal which at the time was little more than a small port town on the St. Lawrence River. By far the majority of the Scots arrived in Quebec with little more than the shirt on their back. John Redpath, who had only enough money for ships passage to Quebec City, walked all the way to Montreal.[citation needed] Commerce, Science and Culture This article does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (January 2010) In 1779, Scotsman Simon McTavish helped establish what would become the North West Company to compete in the fur trade with the English owned giant, the Hudson's Bay Company. Since 1670, the Hudson's Bay Company had been operating an unchallenged monopoly in the territory in the northwest known as Rupert's Land, which compromised nearly half of what is now Canada. In the process, McTavish became the most important businessman in all of Canada during the second half of the 18th century. By the first decade of the 1800s, Montreal had grown to around 9,000 inhabitants and the Scottish immigrants who chose to make Montreal their home soon began to play a key role in the city's cultural, scientific, and business life. Although at their peak, the Scots made up only a small percentage of Quebec's population, they had an impact on the city of Montreal and the Province of Quebec far beyond their numbers. Starting from an almost non-existent economic base, they were instrumental in improving the Province's commercial prospects by exploiting an untapped hinterland. They transformed the small fortified town into the business hub for much of the St Lawrence basin and worked to enhance the Province's economic power. Scots led a wave of immigrants seeking a better life that saw Montreal's population grow from 9,000 in 1800 to 50,000 by the year 1850. Other Scots were instrumental in building the Lachine Canal that turned Montreal into one of the most important and prosperous ports in North America. The canal led to a rapid industrialization that began in the late 1840s with Montreal manufacturers producing products for the entire nation. It was also Scots who constructed Montreal's first bridge across the Saint Lawrence River and Henry Morgan built the first department store in Canada that was the envy of the country. Scot settlers founded many of the city's great industries including the Bank of Montreal, Redpath Sugar, and from headquarters they established in Montreal, Scots were the driving force that built both of Canada's national railroads. Early on, they realized the importance for the mercantile community to create the institutions and instruments that enabled business to be the catalyst for improved standards of living for all its citizens. Because of their work and vision, by 1860 they were greatly responsible for making Montreal the most important city in British North America. Noted for their willingness to help fellow Scots succeed in the new world, they are also remembered for giving back to the country that had provided them with the opportunity to prosper. Scots established and funded numerous Montreal institutions such as McGill University, the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec and the Royal Victoria Hospital. Notable Scots-Quebecers A few of these Scots and their offspring who were major factors in building Montreal and the Province of Quebec into the economic hub of Canada are: Hugh Allan (1810–1882), financier and shipping magnate Montagu H. Allan (1860–1951), banker, ship owner, sportsman Richard Bladworth Angus (1831–1922), banker Robert Mitchell Ballantyne (1859–1929), businessman Aeneas Cameron (1757–1822), fur trader Thomas Neill Cream (1850–1892), serial killer John William Dawson (1820–1899), scientist, educator Richard Dobie (1731–1805), fur trader, businessman William Dow (1800–1868), brewer and businessman George Alexander Drummond (1829–1910), entrepreneur James Dunlop (1757–1815), businessman Robert Ellice (1747–1790), merchant and fur trader Duncan Fisher (1753–1820), businessman Hugh Graham (1848–1938), newspaper publisher Peter Grant (1764–1848), fur trader William Grant (1744–1805), merchant, politician Alexander Henderson (1831–1913), merchant and photographer James D. Johnson (1949) businessman William C. Macdonald (1831–1917), tobacco manufacturer, philanthropist Dugald Lorn MacDougall (1811–1885), stockbroker, investor Hugh Mackay (1832–1890), businessman Robert Mackay (1840–1916), businessman, statesman Roderick Mackenzie (1761–1844), fur trader, politician James McGill (1744–1813), fur trader, merchant, politician Peter McGill (1789–1860), businessman, politician William McGillivray (1764–1825), fur trader Duncan McIntyre (1834–1894), businessman Simon McTavish (1750–1804), fur trader, saw mill and flour mill operator Henry Morgan (1819–1893), built the first department store in Canada John Neilson (1776–1848), printer, publisher, politician Alexander Walker Ogilvie (1829–1902), miller, statesman William Watson Ogilvie (1835–1900), businessman Andrew Paton (1833–1892), textile manufacturer, politician John Redpath (1796–1869), contractor, industrialist Peter Redpath (1821–1894), businessman James Gibb Ross (1819–1888), merchant, statesman James Ross (1848–1913), railway engineer, businessman Philip Simpson Ross (1827–1907), founder of the Order of Chartered Accountants of Quebec George Simpson (1787–1860), executive, fur trader Donald Alexander Smith (1820–1914), fur trader, financier, railroad baron and politician. George Stephen (1829–1921), banker and railway executive Daniel Sutherland (1756–1832), businessman David Torrance (1805–1876), merchant, banker John Torrance (1786–1870), merchant, shipper William Watson (c.1795-1867), miller, businessman, politician John Young (1811–1878), entrepreneur, statesman See also Quebec portal Scotland portal Scottish-Canadian Scottish American Celtic music in Canada Québécois Anglo-Quebecer Irish Quebecers List of Irish Quebecers Notes ^ Ethnocultural Portrait of Canada Highlight Tables - Quebec ^ Places - Genealogy of French in North America ^ The Pioneers References This article includes a list of references, but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations where appropriate. (June 2008) McCulloch, Ian Macpherson and Steve Noon (2008). Highlander in the French-Indian War. 1756-67, Osprey Publishing, 64 p. ISBN 1846032741 (online excerpt) Ouellet, Jeannine (2007). Des Écossais à Rivière-du-Loup et leurs descendants (1763–2004), Montréal: Éditions Histoire Québec, 476 p. ISBN 978-2-89586-014-3 McCulloch, Ian Macpherson (2006). Sons of the Mountains: A History of the Highland Regiments in North America During the French & Indian War, 1756-1767, Purple Mountain Press & Fort Ticonderoga, vol. 1: 392 p., vol 2: 208 p. Campey, Lucille H. (2006). Les Écossais: The Pioneer Scots of Lower Canada, 1763-1855, Toronto: Natural Heritage Books, 332 pages ISBN 189704514X (online excerpt) Marrelli, Nancy and Simon Dardick (2005). The Scots of Montreal: A Pictorial Album, Montreal: Véhicule Press, 156 p. ISBN 1550651927 Bennett, Margaret (2004). Oatmeal and the Catechism. Scottish Gaelic Settlers in Quebec, Montreal: McGill-Queen's Press, 352 pages ISBN 0773527753 (online excerpt) Beaulieu, Carl (2001). L'alliance écossaise au Québec, Chicoutimi: Éditions du Patrimoine, 486 p. ISBN 2-922693-08-2 MacLeod, Alistair (1999). No Great Mischief, Toronto : M&S, 283 p. (ISBN 0771055676) Symons, Jeffrey (1992). The Auld Alliance in Canada: A Brief Examination of the Relationship between the French and the Scots throughout Canada's History, Lovell Litho ISBN 2980311626 Little, John Irvine (1991). Crofters and Habitants. Settler Society, Economy, and Culture in a Quebec Township, 1848-1881, Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 392 pages (online excerpt) Price, Lynda. (1981). Introduction to the Social History of Scots in Quebec (1780–1840), Ottawa: National Museums of Canada, 152 pages ISBN 0660024837 Baldwin, Alice Sharples (1960). Metis, wee Scotland of the Gaspé, Montreal: An-lo Inc., 63 p. Le Moine, James MacPherson (1881). "The Scot in New France, 1535-1880", in Transactions of the Literary and Historical Association of Quebec. Sessions of 1880-81, Quebec: Morning Chronicle Office, 1881 (online)