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The Immigration of 1825 saw more than 2000 men, women and children arrive to the future site of the town of Peterborough to become one of the principle groups of settling families in this area. They came to Canada under the superintendence of Peter Robinson.
Born in New Brunswick in 1785, Peter Robinson came from a military background and a loyalist family. He served as an officer in the War of 1812 earning distinction for his honour in battle and mention in dispatches. In 1823 and again in 1825, he was chosen by Under-Secretary Wilmot Horton to lead an emigration of Irish families to Upper Canada. Robinson later served two terms as a member of the Assembly of Upper Canada, was Commissioner of Crown Lands and of Clergy Reserves and Surveyor General of Woods.
In 1823 Robinson lead the first emigration from Ireland to Canada. Some 570 settlers from the southern Counties of Limerick, Tipperary and Cork came to the Ottawa Valley area under Robinson’s superintendence. In April 1825 Peter Robinson was again called upon to lead a second emigration of Irish families. In this expedition, Wilmot Horton stipulated that the accepted families must be struggling economically, under 45 years of age and Roman Catholic. The families came from the southern counties of Ireland.