News & Updates

“This Place Matters”

Our Glenaladale School has been picked to take part in the National Trusts “This Place Matters” competition. This gives us an opportunity to raise and win much needed funds. We need your help -its easy–log in to National Trust, Register and then vote for our project  and if you wish you can also donate to our project. Every vote is equal to one dollar and you can vote once in every 24 hour period up until July 17th.

Here is a direct link to our Project

Here is the link to the National Trusts main page for This Place Matters


Diana Gabaldon, Outlander author visits Glenaladale

It was a privilege today to share our Scottish heritage with Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series. She started with viewing artifacts then touring the Glenaladale Estate and the Scotchfort Cemetery. We shared information on the Glenaladale Settlers and the role our ancestors played in the Battle of Culloden and “Bonnie Prince Charlies” escape. Last evening Tammy MacDonald had presented her with a copy of our book Glenalladale Settlers 1772.

Thank you to Lori Cheverie and the Bookmark for making this possible.

Diana Gabaldon & ARDiana Gabaldon & MJ


Battle of Culloden

Today marks the 271st. anniversary of the Battle of Culloden. The Battle of Culloden, April 16th. 1746, marked the end of the Jacobite uprising of 1745 and the beginning of much change for many of our ancestors.

The ancestors of many of the Glenaladale Settlers were directly involved with the Jacobite uprising and in helping get Bonnie Prince Charlie safely out of Scotland to France. For this they suffered consequences.

One example of this is Mary MacDonald of the Kinlochmoidart MacDonalds and wife of Hugh Ban MacEachern. Mary had six uncles who fought for the Jacobite cause. Her Uncle Donald was tried and executed, Uncle Capt. Dr. John was captured, tortured and released,  Uncle Capt Ronald was  pardoned, Uncle Capt Aeneas ( one of the seven men of Moidart who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape) was captured and sentenced to death–he received a kings pardon and went to France, Uncle Capt. Allan also went to France after Culloden and finally Uncle Capt James was captured, escaped and went to America. The manor house of Kinlochmoidart was burned and many people captured and livestock destroyed.

What happened to Marys family, happened to many of the families who supported the Jacobite uprising. Capt Johns father Major Alexander was wounded at Culloden and his home was destroyed and cattle taken.

It is no wonder than that we grew up knowing about the Battle of Culloden, the story being told with both a sense of pride for being a part of it and helping Prince Charlie escape under the nose of many English soldiers, and anger at the treatment dished out to the Highlanders after.

Commemorative services will be held at Culloden this year, and in other parts of the world as Highlanders pause to remember these men.

As we mark this day, I hope we will pause and remember all those who have died, and suffered consequences,  for a “cause” -not only at the Battle of Culloden,  but the many battles since around the world.

Happy Tartan Day

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This Salted Silk Tartan dress was worn by Mrs Augustine Colin ( Mary Elizabeth) MacDonald–sister in law of AA MacDonald( Father of Confederation) at the 1864  Ball. The family referred to this dress as the Confederation dress. Mary Elizabeth would be a granddaughter of Peggy MacDonald ( Capt Johns Sister). The picture does not do the dress full justice. The waist is so tiny that very few people today would fit into it. The last to model it was a 13 year old descendant of the early Glenaladale Settlers at the 225 anniversary celebration of the arrival of the Glenaladale Settlers to PEI held in 1997 . Can you imagine Mr & Mrs Augustine Colin entering the Ball–Her in this dress and him in his kilt. If only these items could talk to us and tell us their story.

Meet our Talented Treasurer

Margaret McEachern our treasurer is a fine example of one of today’s strong women.She was interviewed by CBC yesterday in her studio. The interview starts at the 2 minute 55 second mark.

Margaret is a weaver and knitter and runs a studio called Knit Pickers PEI, from where she ships product all over the world.

In this CBC interview you will see her weaving the official registered MacEachern Tartan which she designed. Margaret offers authentic Island experiences in her studio to visitors.

Charities Join Forces for Glenaladale

john-robinson-mary-j-gallant-margaret-mceachernGlenaladale Heritage Trust and the Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island have formalized their relationship to assist the Trust with its capital campaign to purchase the nationally significant 529-acre Glenaladale Estate in Tracadie, PEI. The Glenaladale Estate is the last intact personal estate of the early proprietors of the Island, and was home to two persons of national historic significance: Capt John MacDonald and Sir William C. Macdonald.

Chair of the Trust Mary J. Gallant expressed her appreciation to CFPEI co-President John Robinson. “The Community Foundation is an important lever for charities to raise funds and we are so pleased they recognize the importance of Glenaladale. We recently launched a “Buy-A-Brick” campaign to give everyday people a direct involvement in this project; through CFPEI we hope to draw in the larger donations to bring our plans to fruition. The goal is to bring Glenaladale back to life as an active centre focused on education, environmental and agricultural research, culture and heritage–a Home for all.”

Gallant continued, “This also allows us to accept donations from people in the US – potentially very significant given the strong ties between PEI and the ‘Boston States.’ PEI is known for having a large diaspora – you know that expression about our greatest export being our brainpower– and Glenaladale will give these visitors a sense of ‘home’ when they are here.”

“We are very pleased to add Glenaladale Heritage Trust to our portfolio,” Robinson added. “The Trust has a unique and timely vision for the property, and have wisely recognized the need for donations to not just purchase the Estate but also to establish an endowment to assist with sustainability.”

“There are so many layers to the story of the people connected to Glenaladale, and to the property and our plans for it, that it’s very easy to be passionate about this project,” commented Margaret McEachern, Treasurer of the Trust. “We realize the magnitude of what we are taking on, but we also know that as people have become more familiar with the property and our vision for it, that passion has become contagious. We believe that together we can do this, and look forward to hearing from anyone who is willing to assist us, either financially or in other ways.”

Part of a national network of community foundations, CFPEI helps to strengthen communities by connecting donors to local needs. The Foundation is able to ensure donors’ investments have a lasting impact. Glenaladale Heritage Trust Inc was incorporated in 2015 and received charitable status in 2016. For further information on Glenaladale visit the Trust’s website at email or call 902-676-2508. The Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island can be reached by phone at 902-892-3440 or 1-800-566-7307; email .

Great Write Up & Tribute from Jenny

Jenny Bruce was the tour director with the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry that was exhibited at the Confederation Centre of the Arts last October. Jenny stayed out on Tracadie Bay while she was on PEI and she just recently posted to her blog on her PEI trip. Follow the link below or cut and paste to view.

A Unique Glimpse into the past

A number of years back an Islander studying at UNB asked permission to digitize some of the Glenaladale letters. This site has ten letters written between Capt John MacDonald of Glenaladale and his sister Helen MacDonald from 1779-1801. This is only a few of the many letters & documents belonging to this collection. If you enjoy history I think you will enjoy this glimpse into the past.