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9 Having decided to find its recruits for its 1815 scheme from Scotland, the government published advertisements in several Scottish newspapers. 10 All regions of Scotland were feeling the initial effects of the severe economic depression, which 38 THE SCOTTISH P I O N E E R S OF UPPER CANADA, 1784-1855 "Settlers in Canada" poster, April 7, 1815, printed in Edinburgh. 46 in deposits. 2/i6^p. 134. The Perth Military Settlement 39 followed the Napoleonic Wars. Highlanders had long shown a particular zeal for emigration and as their economic prospects worsened they flocked in their thousands to sign up for the scheme.
24 Highlanders had taken the subsidies on offer but they had rejected the new township locations.
But, irrespective of this, many of them were simply not in tune with the people. "33 MacNaughton had demanded subservience, but it was not forthcoming. It is widely believed that most emigrant Scots were forced to leave their country and that those who emigrated were always destitute and helpless. While some of them were indeed very poor, few Scots were forced to emigrate. In fact, the first wave of emigrants were subjected to quite the opposite pressures. Before 1815 the Scottish ruling classes actually did everything in their power to stop people from emigrating.