Ontario Government Record Series RG 1-162

Fiats for land grants - Peter Robinson settlers

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Fiats for land grants - Peter Robinson settlers
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

42 centimetres of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of individual fiats for land grants made by the Second District Land Boards as well as registers to the fiats.

The series is arranged into two sub- series based on the type of record.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

In 1823, as a form of poor relief, the Imperial government began a program to assist individuals from southern Ireland to emigrate to Canada. The settlement of these emigrants was entrusted to the civil administration of Upper Canada and Peter Robinson, the brother of the Attorney General of Upper Canada, was placed in charge of organising and supervising the undertaking. The first group of emigrants, arriving in 1823, largely were located in the townships of Ramsay, Huntley, Pakenham and Goulbourn on the Ottawa River, near or adjacent to the Lanark and military settlements. A second, much larger group of emigrants was brought over in 1825, locating in townships in the Peterborough area, most notably Douro, Otonabee, Asphodel, Smith, Emily, Ennismore, and Ops. Emigrants were given free transportation to Upper Canada, provisions during the voyage and for an additional year following their location on land, and the tools and utensils required for settlement. Each male emigrant between the ages of 18 and 45 years was to receive a location ticket for 70 acres of land, with the option of purchasing an additional 30 acres at a later date.

It was a complex process to receive a land grant. Many offices were involved and each office (Executive Council Office, Receiver General's Office, Attorney General's Office, Surveyor General's Office, Provincial Secretary's Office, etc. ) maintained its own numbering system for the documents it generated or received relating to these transactions. Within the Surveyor General's Office, fiats authorising land grants to settlers brought to Upper Canada by Peter Robinson were filed separately from other types of fiats.

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Upper Canada. Surveyor General's Office

Canada (Province). Crown Lands Dept.
Restrictions on Access
Original records are closed for conservation reasons.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright is primarily held by the Crown. No restrictions on reproduction. Permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication; submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Records were transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the Department of Lands and Forests.
Related Material

The Peter Robinson fonds (Fonds F 61) contains a variety of records relating to the Peter Robinson settlers, including lists of emigrants.

Availability of Other Formats

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Agency or agencies that created these records

These records were created by the following Ontario government agency or agencies. Click on the agency reference code for information about this agency and other records it created.

1833-1845 :

Surveyor General's Office (BA84)

1845-1862 :

Crown Lands Department (AA100)

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Sub-series that make up this series

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Reference Code Sub-series Title
RG 1-162-1 Individual fiats for land grants - Peter Robinson settlers
RG 1-162-2 Register of fiats for land grants - Peter Robinson settlers