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Sunday, 19 June 2016

The Argyle Patent 1738-1740



The Provincial Governor of New York Colony offered 1000 acres of land to every adult Scot, and five hundred acres to every child Scot who paid passage to emigrate to the new world. Between 1738 & 1740, 472 Scottish Presbyterians from Argyll emigrated based on this promise. Upon their arrival, they realized that the promise had not been kept. Undaunted, they petitioned the government and managed to successfully secure 47,450 acres. This became known as the Argyle Patent. A map of the settlement, complete with names of the landowners can be found at:http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nywashin/patentma.htm

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