Barbara’s Ancestral Journey leads to Quarriers Village

Barbara at the Canadian Garden. The garden was planted by two former boys in 1997 in memory of the children who left Quarriers to live in Canada.One of Borders Journeysoldest friends Barbara Blackport is back in Scotland for another visit. We organised a tour where Barbara could visit the ancestral roots of her great grandfather William Ferguson in Glasgow and Quarriers Village at Bridge of Weir.

William was born in 1858 in Glasgow and orphaned young. He spent time in Glasgow Royal Infirmary being treated for TB of the elbow before being admitted to the care of William Quarrier at Cessnock House on Govan Road in Glasgow. Cessnock House was a home for homeless and orphaned boys and the forerunner for the Quarriers Village.

William Quarrier believed that some of the children in the homes would benefit from the opportunities provided in Canada and began the child migration scheme. Around 7,000 children left the village and went to Canada to begin a ‘new life’.

William Ferguson was sent to Canada as a 14 year old in 1873. William sailed from Glasgow aboard the Manitoban SS on 1st July 1873; there were 81 children and teenagers aboard, the youngest David McLaren was only 4 years old. The Manitoban arrived in Canada on 14th July 1873. After a journey lasting five weeks William arrived at Miss Annie Mcpherson’s receiving home at Belleville in Ontario on 4th August 1873.

Quarriers Village

Ian from Borders Journeys has assisted Barbara over the last two years to research her ancestral history and was privileged to accompany her on her journey to make an emotional visit to Quarriers Village. Barbara was particularly delighted to find the Canadian Garden; the garden was planted by two former boys in 1997 in memory of the children who left Quarriers to live in Canada.

More photographs from Barbara’s tour can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook.

More information about British Home Children in Canada compiled by Lori Oschefski can be found on this website.

Following her tour, Barbara wrote to thank Borders Journeys for her tour:

Thanks again Ian Walker for all your help in helping both me, my Mom and Bonny Ward to complete this search for great grandfather William Ferguson and his story. We not only found him but his parents story as well with your help. I would recommend you to anyone looking for a lost family member.

Bonny Ward also wrote:

I am so thrilled to know William Ferguson’s, our great-grandfather’s, family history in Scotland. This kind of documentation is fantastic. Thank you Ian Walker.

Borders Journeys‘ researcher Ian not only gives research advice but will investigate your Scottish ancestry on your behalf. He will research your family history with commitment and enthusiasm, connecting the dots to form a real picture of who and where you come from.

We design a tailor-made ancestral tours especially for you, taking you on a journey of discovery where you’ll connect with your Scottish ancestors by walking in their footsteps. Your ancestors will be brought to life when you learn about the people, places and traditions connected with them. By the end of the tour you’ll have gained a real insight into your ancestral heritage and where you came from.

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