island

COLONIAL

CORRESPONDENCE


 

Return of Men and Resources in Island of Cape Breton, 26th July 1793

Transcribed by Janice Fralic-Brown

 

Return of Men able to bear Arms, Male children, cattle & shallops, in the Government of Cape Breton

 

Places or Settlements Men
Male children
Male Servants
from 14 to 60
years old
Male children
under 14
years of age
Black cattle Sheep Horses Shallops
Town of Sydney 38 29 55 65 6 6
South West Branch of Sydney River 28 12 56 67    
North West Branch of Sydney River 36 16 67 30 1 2
Coal Mines 43 9 75 62 11 1
French Village 21 13 23 33   2
Eastern shore of Sydney River, Lingan & Mire 31 29 112 2 6 1
Saint Anns and River Baddeck 28 11 94 40 4 5
Main a Dieu 28 14 69 61 20; 12
Louisbourg and Gabarous 30 14 100 38 24 7
Chilican, Margaree and Port Hood 85 62 363 167 23 20
Mount Grenville District 223 188 752     110
Totals 611 397 1766 565 95 167
Sydney Cape Breton							Wm Macarmick

26th July 1793								Lt. Gov. of Cape Breton



       

Transcriber's Note: This return was drawn up to indicate the number of bodies able to defend the Island in the case of a French attack. France had declared war on England the 1st of February, 1793. French ships had attacked Newfoundland harbours and appeared to be moving southward along the coast. There was no garrison stationed on the Island at this time and the Lieutenant Governor was acutely aware of the meagerness of defensive capabilities and the reluctance of many settlers, especially those who had not had their grants confirmed or considered, to fight. Armaments were few and hard to come by at this time. I'd say the accuracy of this list is difficult, if not impossible, to verify.

Source: Colonial Correspondence, Cape Breton; CO 217, V.109, p.130


Contributed by Janice Fralic-Brown
Page written January 18, 2001

 

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