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Hector Passenger Lists and Discussions

The Ship Hector arrived in Pictou Harbor in September of 1773 bringing the vangard of a great number of Scots, Highlander and Lowlander, to the Maritime Provinces and to upper Canada. These people put a cultural stamp on Canada that has helped make Canada the unique country we know today. The Hector also included among her passengers my 4th great grandparents, Hugh and Elspie McLeod.

The McLeod passengers known to me included Hugh McLeod (1728-1801) and wife Catherine MacKay (d. Sept 1773) who brought with them three daughters. I don’t know the daughters’ names but Patterson records where they went and their married names in his history. Along with Hugh was his brother Alexander and his wife Elspie (1745-1804). They brought three sons with them, James, Hugh, and Donald (1763-1839). James died young and Hugh never married. Donald married and has many descendants. Catherine MacKay died of smallpox just as the Hector reached Pictou. Alexander drowned in 1775 and Hugh married Elspie, Alexander’s widow, and had one son, David (1778-1851), who was born in Pictou and is my ancestor. Elspie’s name is usually spelled Elpa or some such, but her tomb stone in Durham Cemetery spells the name Elspie. The family plot in Durham Cemetery in Pictou County is the key to identifying these people as they are all buried in close proximity with their spouses and children. These passenger lists are not completely consistent with what I know from family sources, Patterson’s History, and the tomb stone inscriptions. Since the only existing passenger list was written by one of the passengers in his old age and only from memory, inconsistencies should not be a surprise.

Hector History transcribed from Clan MacLeod Magazine, number 39, Spring 1974, pp. 14-16.
Hector History
Passenger List
Discussion
Summary
Passenger List
Hector Pictures
Pictou County Genealogy and Heritage Society — Operates Hector Center
Clan Ross Society Hector Page — Includes a scan of the passenger list and other pictures
Ullapool’s Rendition of Henry Beer’s Story
Passenger List

Bibliography

Cover Landing Poem The “Hector” Voyage

From Scotland’s rugged northern slopes,
From mountainside and glen,
Upborne by ardent “New-World” hopes,
Trooped down the “Hector” men.
And as their vessel stood to sea,
On voyage strange and long,
“God of our fathers our God be,”
They sang the grand old song.

For weary weeks the “Hector” braved
Atlantic’s surges high:
The winds and waves around her raved;
They heard no wail or sigh.
“O spread Thy covering wings around,”
They breathed in faith and peace,
Until we pass the ocean’s bound
“And all our wand’rings cease.”

Then prayed amid the tempest’s strife,
When death stood by their side,
“Through each perplexing path of life
Our wand’ring footsteps guide.”
When seized by famine, cold and dread,
In anguished faith they cried,
“Give us each day our daily bread
And raiment fit provide.”

Their fathers’ God inclined His ear,
Their fears and dangers past,
Upon a day of presage clear
They entered port at last,
And knelt on Pictou’s favored sod
To vow, as oft before,
That He should be their “chosen God
And portion evermore.”

W. E. MacLellan
Halifax, N. S., July 18th, 1922.
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