Item MS-2-228, SF Box 33, Folder 28 - Letter from Rev. D.B. Blair to Mr Farquharson

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Letter from Rev. D.B. Blair to Mr Farquharson

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MS-2-228, SF Box 33, Folder 28

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  • 1892 (Creation)

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8 pages (1 folder)

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The Reverend D.B. Blair was born in Strachur on Loch Fyne, Argyleshire, Scotland, to John Blair and Catherine MacGregor. His father was employed as manager of a large sheep farm. Blair received his education at Edinburgh University and was licensed to preach in 1844. Two years later he left Scotland for Barney's River, Pictou County, where he was ordained on 29 October 1846. From 1850-1890 he preached at the Free Church congregation established in Barney's River, which derived from the Garden of Eden, Blue Mountain and Barney's River, and was named "Blair Presbyterian Church" in his honour.

In 1851 he married Mary Sibella of Brolas, Mull, Argyleshire. She died in 1882. They had six children: Anna Margaret, Thomas Chalmers, Laughlan MacLean, John Knox, Ewan Alexander and David Welsh. Blair was considered, in his day, to be the best Gaelic scholar in North America. He died in 1893 and is buried at Laggan, Pictou County.

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Letter was donated by Elinor K. Clifford of Bethel, Vermont, and accessioned by the Archives in 1974.

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Blair's letter discusses the spread of the Evangelical ministry amongst the Gaelic people of Cape Breton.

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Public domain. Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.

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The Reverend D.B. Blair's notes on the synod of the Presbyterian Church of Nova Scotia, 1817-1888 (MS-2-182).

The Special Collections Department of the Killam Memorial Library holds copies of Blair's published work.

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