DescriptionA large portion of New Zealand's Scottish population can trace its roots to St. Ann's, the departure point for a steady migration of about 900 residents. The exodus, which lasted 8 years, began in 1851 when the Rev. Norman MacLeod and 130 residents sailed from St. Ann's Harbour for Australia. Disappointed with conditions in Australia, the party moved in 1854 to New Zealand, where they found their promised land at Waipu.
Despite the loss of almost half its population during the 1850s, St. Ann's remains the heart of Cape Breton's Gaelic community. The lore of the clans was embodied in the figure of Angus McAskill, the Scottish giant who lived and died at St. Ann's. Residents of St. Ann's still recount tales of McAskill's great strength and appetite.
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