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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Mary Jeanette Gallant is making her way to the Edward Whelan Irish Cultural Centre for a lecture on the Glenaladale Estate on Nov. 30.
Gallant will tell the estate’s story, which starts with the Mi’kmaq and continues in 1772 when Scottish Catholic settlers arrived on what is now P.E.I.
The trip was made by Capt. John MacDonald and led to the establishment of a large settlement of Irish immigrants forming by 1790-91.
Capt. MacDonald’s son, known as Father John, continued to bring settlers to P.E.I., including the Glasgow Irish, in 1830.
The settling started the largest Irish immigration to P.E.I., known as the Monaghan Settlers.
Gallant has a rich history on the subject, as she happens to be a sixth-generation Scottish descendant of settlers brought to P.E.I. in 1772.
In 2012, Glenaladale Estates, Capt. MacDonald’s 529-acre estate was put up for sale when Gallant and Aggi-Rose Reddin, along with Carolyn Pendergast, Margaret McEachern and Peter Hyndman, became founding members of the Glenaladale Heritage Trust.
The trust would eventually place a bid and become the owner of the historic estate.
The lecture kicks off at 7 p.m.
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