The New Brunswick Land Company recruited two parties of farm laborers and tradesmen from the eastern Borders between England and Scotland, United Kingdon during the 1830s. The first group was recruited in February 1836 by The Company's New Brunswick commissioner, E.N. Kendall. Kendall and Company Director David Stuart held information sessions at Ford Castle, Northumberland "for the purpose of engaging Families to settle on the Companys Lands".
This first party of 110 settlers documented below sailed in May 1836 from Berwick-Upon-Tweed aboard the 'fine new brig' 'D'Arcy of Sunderland', settling in and around Stanley north of Fredericton. Most of the families bore lowland Scots surnames and belonged to various denominations of Presbyterianism. They were said to have come from in and around the town of Wooler to the south of Berwick, but in fact only four families came from that parish and two others from elsewhere in Northumberland. A further two families were also English but their exact origin is unknown. Seven families were from Scotland, with most from just over the border into Berwickshire and Roxburghshire. Some of these families had families connections on the English side of the border though.
The second group of 154 Border settlers set sail from Berwick-Upon-Tweed in May 1837 aboard the "fine new brig" 'Cornelius of Sunderland'. These families are documented in the Harvey Genealogy section of this web site.
There is no known official passenger list for the voyage of the D'Arcy. Reconstructed tallies vary and are based on land grants in Stanley and family histories.
Clicking on a family name will link to a post emigration three generation genealogy for each family. More detailed genealogical information is available for most families but is not included here due to privacy concerns for living descendants. Where available information on ancestors in Northumberland and the Borders region of Scotland is included.
The following families were aboard the D'Arcy...