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The forgotten stories of early 18th century Cape Breton Island. It’s the aim of this project to reconstruct the lives of people long gone, walk roads that no longer exist, and retell events from Cape Breton’s history through the documentation left behind by those who saw it for themselves.

The Lost World of Cape Breton Island J.M., J.R. Bourgeois

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The forgotten stories of early 18th century Cape Breton Island. It’s the aim of this project to reconstruct the lives of people long gone, walk roads that no longer exist, and retell events from Cape Breton’s history through the documentation left behind by those who saw it for themselves.

    07c - The Chevalier de Johnstone: From Culloden to Cape Breton

    07c - The Chevalier de Johnstone: From Culloden to Cape Breton

    The finale of our three part series on the life and times of James Johnstone. Follow the Chevalier de Johnstone's escapades in Cape Breton from 1756 through to 1758 and see how this Scotsman's memoirs tell the long forgotten stories of Cape Breton's past.



    SHOWNOTES - 



    MUSIC: 



    Concerto Grosso for Strings “Palladio”: Allegro 

    Les Habitants - Quand J’étais Sur Mon Père 

    Sinfonia in G Minor, T. Si 7 

    Symphony No.8 in D Minor, Op. 2 

    Enigma Variations, Op. 36 



    1. Memoirs of the Rebellion of 1745 and 1746 - https://archive.org/details/memoirsof...



    2. The Campaign of Louisbourg 1750 - ’58 - https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm....



    3. Du Boscq de Beaumont, G. (1899). Les derniers jours de l’Acadie, 1748-1758, p. 65. Paris : E. Lechevalier



    4. T. A. Crowley, “JOHNSTONE, JAMES, Chevalier de Johnstone,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 4, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003



    5. Johnston, A. J. B. (Andrew John Bayly) Endgame 1758 : the promise, the glory, and the despair of Louisbourg’s last decade, 2007

    • 23 min
    07b - The Chevalier de Johnstone: From Culloden to Cape Breton

    07b - The Chevalier de Johnstone: From Culloden to Cape Breton

    In this episode, we travel back in time to the year 1753 and see Cape Breton Island through the eyes of Scottish exile the Chevalier de Johnstone. We will also bridge two very different eras of Cape Breton’s past - the French colonial period of the early 18th century, and the era of Scottish migration which took place in the 19th century.



    SHOW NOTES - 



    MUSIC: 


    Antonio Vivaldi - The Four Seasons-Summer 
    Michael Schaeffer - French Baroque Lute Music
    Barde - Whelan’s Jig, the Swallow’s Tail, Coleman’s Cross 
    Hopkinson Smith - J.H. Kapsberger Libro Primo d’Intavolatura di Lauto (First Book of Lute Tablature) Roma, 1611



    1. Memoirs of the Rebellion of 1745 and 1746 - https://archive.org/details/memoirsofrebelli00johnrich/page/n7/mode/2up



    2. The Campaign of Louisbourg 1750 - ’58 - https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.23016/5



    3. Du Boscq de Beaumont, G. (1899). Les derniers jours de l’Acadie, 1748-1758, p. 65. Paris : E. Lechevalier



    4. T. A. Crowley, “JOHNSTONE, JAMES, Chevalier de Johnstone,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 4, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed March 3, 2024, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/johnstone_james_4E.html.

    • 14 min
    07a - The Chevalier de Johnstone: From Culloden to Cape Breton

    07a - The Chevalier de Johnstone: From Culloden to Cape Breton

    The Chevalier de Johnstone is one of the most colourful personalities to have come through Cape Breton in the 18th century. A Scottish exile who was involved in the 1746 Jacobite Rebellion, Johnstone was likely one of the only - if not the only - Scotsmen in Cape Breton during the time of Louisbourg. He is often in the right place, but simply not at the right time.

    Special thanks to the Barra MacNeils for kindly allowing us to use their rendition of the song “Niel Gow’s Lament for the Death of his Second Wife” for this episode.



    SHOW NOTES: 



    Music - 



    1. Barra MacNeils - “Niel Gow’s Lament for the Death of his Second Wife.” 

    2. J.S. Bach - Sonata No.5 in F Minor



    Chevalier de Johnstone - 



    1. Memoirs of the Rebellion in 1745 and 1746 - https://archive.org/details/memoirsofrebelli00johnrich/page/n7/mode/2up

    2. The Campaign of Louisbourg 1750 - ’58 - https://www.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.23016/5

    3. T. A. Crowley, “JOHNSTONE, JAMES, Chevalier de Johnstone,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 4, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed January 10, 2024, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/johnstone_james_4E.html.

    • 17 min
    06 - The Lost Villages of Allemands and Rouillé

    06 - The Lost Villages of Allemands and Rouillé

    Near the shores of the Mira River halfway through the 18th century sat two small villages now lost to time - Village des Allemands and Village Rouillé. Though existing for only six short years, the stories these villages tell reflects the greater challenges that typified the Canadian maritime region during the 1750s. 

    SHOW NOTES:

    MUSIC - 


    Violin Sonatas, Op 9, No 7in G Major III Ari
    Les Habitants - Tourdion
    Duo Baroque La Tour - Flute Sonatas, Op 3, No.2 III Minuetto, Variation
    Barde - Jack McCann/Aughrim 



    John Montresor - 


    The Montresor Journals  - https://archive.org/details/montresorjourna00montgoog/mode/2up
    “The Everywhere Footprints of Captain John Montresor,” Miriam Touba - https://www.nyhistory.org/blogs/the-everywhere-footprints-of-captain-john-montresor



    Allemands, Rouillé and the Mira River region - 


    “A Journal of the Siege of Louisbourg and Cape Breton, in 1745,” James Gibson, p.26, 27
    “The Cultural Landscape of 18th Century Louisbourg - Miré Region - Rouillé and German Villages,” Margaret Fortier



    Charles Deschamps de Boishebert - 


    Boishebert’s Journal - https://diffusion.banq.qc.ca/pdfjs-1.6.210-dist_banq/web/pdf.php/tkoDvwzuNDJVEqNl8ol06A.pdf#page=16
    Phyllis E. Leblanc, “DESCHAMPS DE BOISHÉBERT ET DE RAFFETOT, CHARLES,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 4, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed September 3, 2023, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/deschamps_de_boishebert_et_de_raffetot_charles_4E.html.



    Gédéon de Catalogne, Louis-Charles-François de Catalogne - 


    Dictionnaire généalogique de la noblesse de la Nouvelle France - https://numerique.banq.qc.ca/patrimoine/details/52327/2479071
    F. J. Thorpe, “CATALOGNE (Catalougne), GÉDÉON (DE),” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 2, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed September 3, 2023, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/catalogne_gedeon_2E.html.



    Antoine Le Poupet de La Boularderie, François Le Poupet de La Boularderie - 


    Dictionnaire généalogique de la noblesse de la Nouvelle France - https://numerique.banq.qc.ca/patrimoine/details/52327/2479071
    Dale Miquelon, “LE POUPET DE LA BOULARDERIE, ANTOINE,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 4, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed September 3, 2023, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/le_poupet_de_la_boularderie_antoine_4E.html

    • 23 min
    05 - The Lost Harbour of Saint Esprit

    05 - The Lost Harbour of Saint Esprit

    For centuries, Cape Breton Island has seen waves of settlers come ashore from many different parts of the world. The ebb and flow of peoples spurred on by the effects of war, by enterprise or by the simple desire to put food on their table has shaped the cultural fabric of the island for hundreds of years. Bretons, Normans and Basque arrived during the 18th century when the island was under the jurisdiction of New France, and then in the early 19th century the Gaelic speaking inhabitants of places like Barra and Uist put down permanent roots seeking refuge and a new beginning. As the tides of immigration and settlement came and went, communities likewise did the same. In this episode, we'll discuss one of these communities at length - St. Esprit.

    • 16 min
    04 - Explorers La Pérouse and Cook Converge on Cape Breton, 1758

    04 - Explorers La Pérouse and Cook Converge on Cape Breton, 1758

    In the age of Pacific exploration, two men spearheaded expeditions to huge swaths of the globe previously uncharted by Europeans  - Jean François de La Pérouse and James Cook. Although La Pérouse and Cook would never meet, both men would converge on Cape Breton Island in the year 1758, near the beginning of their careers. This episode takes us from the port of Rochefort, France to the idyllic settlement known today as Englishtown, and then on to the shores of Gabarus Bay.

    • 15 min

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