In May of 1825, nine ships set sail from Cork Harbour laden with 2024 emigrants, 385 were men, 325 women, 726 male children under 21, and 588 female children under 21, or 710 adults and 1314 children under 21 years of age.
The nine transports sailed in the following order.
The group did not arrive at Scott's Plains, the present site of Peterborough, until the fall of 1825.
Once at Scott's Plains, the emigrants were given their allotment of 100 acres for each head of family and each male child over eighteen years of age. The families were divided by townships as follows: Emily 142, Ennismore 67, Douro 60, Otonabee 51, Asphodel 36, Smith 34, Ops 7 and Marmora 6, with a few families going relatives from the first Robinson emigration of 1823.
The area from which the Peter Robinson settlers were chosen was for the most part restricted to the small district from which the emigrants of 1823 had been taken. This district, about 20 miles by 40 miles, is the part of county Cork north of the Blackwater River, containing the towns of Liscarroll, Kanturk, Buttevant, Mallow, Charleville, Doneraile Fermoy, Churchtown, Kilworth, Brigown, and Mitchelstown. About half of the total recommendations and petitions of distressed families were from this district, and the others were from places as widely separated as western Kerry, northern Clare and Tipperary, and eastern Wicklow and Wexford.
The voyage time was half that of the 1823 emigrants, with 31 days being the longest time at sea. Nevertheless, a number of people died during the ocean crossing, and others died soon after their arrival on dry land. The ships docked at Quebec City at the end of June. The newcomers traveled by steamer to Montreal, then overland to Lachine where bateaux were waiting to transport then to Prescott. From there they proceeded to Kingston. At Kingston, the people stayed in a tent village awaiting the arrival of Robinson, who had returned to Canada by another route.
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