AO Returns of settlers in the Newcastle District (RG 1-84)




The Archives of Ontario holds several microfilm reels with copies of volumes relating to Peter Robinson, including Returns of settlers in the Newcastle District (RG 1-84).

Series RG 1-84

Returns of settlers in the Newcastle District
Dates of Creation
[ca. 1836]-1869
Physical Description
2 volumes of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of two volumes containing returns documenting settlement in the Newcastle District (the townships of Dummer, Duoro, Smith, Otonabee, Asphodel, Ennismore, Emily, Ops, Harvey, Belmont, Verulam and Fenelon, and the town of Peterborough) in the first half of the nineteenth century.
Volume RG 1-84-0-1 contains “Returns of locations of emigrant settlers from the south of Ireland under the Superintendence of the Hon. Peter Robinson in 1826”. The first portion of the volume contains returns listing: the names of the original settler; the township, concession, lot and acreage of the land located; and remarks often providing the name of the individual to whom the land was described (not necessarily the name of the locatee) and an order-in-council number. The second portion of the volume contains returns with entries grouped by township name. Information is entered under the following headings: date of location; lot, concession and acreage; occupant; and comments.
Although the returns in Volume RG 1-84-0-1 were prepared ca. 1836, there are subsequent additions and annotations to 1869.
Volume RG 1-84-0-1 contains an alphabetical listing to surnames.
Volume RG 1-84-0-2 contains “Returns of Mr. Alex. McDonnell for the Newcastle District, 1837.” Information is entered in the returns under the following headings: Date; Name; Occupation (e.g., Comm[issioned] pensioner; Perth Settler; Wilt[shire] settler; Disch[arged] marine; Glasgow settler; SUE (Son,United Empire Loyalist); DUE (Daughter, United Empire Loyalist); Whence from; Location (the lot, concession and acreage of the land involved); and remarks. The remarks column contains such information as whether a description or a warrant was issued and to whom, and information concerning past military service.
Administrative History or Biographical Sketch
Canada (Province). Crown Lands Dept.
Ontario. Office of the Commissioner of Crown Lands
Ontario. Dept. of Crown Lands
Ontario. Office of the Commissioner of Crown Lands
Restrictions on Access
Original records are closed for conservation reasons.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Crown copyright. No restrictions on reproduction or publication. 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
These records were acquired from the Department of Lands and Forests.
Related Material
Additional material related to the Peter Robinson settlers can be found in: Series RG 1-162, Fiats for land grants, Peter Robinson settlers, 1833-1862 and in Series RG 1-183, Records relating to the Peter Robinson settlement, ca. 1823-1835.
Availability of Other Formats
The volumes comprising this series were microfilmed by the Archives of Ontario and are available on MS 400, reels 13 and 16.
Information found in Volume RG 1-84-0-2 is abstracted in the Ontario Land Records Index, available on microfiche in the Archives’ Main Reading Room. Copies of this index have been distributed on microfiche to archives, libraries, and historical and genealogical societies across Canada, the United States, and overseas.
Former Codes
Volume RG 1-84-0-1 formerly was Series RG 1 A-IV, volume 81.
Volume RG 1-84-0-2 formerly was Series RG 1 A-IV, volume 55.
Finding Aid
No list is available for this series.

Agency or agencies that created these records

These records were created by the following Ontario government agency or agencies:
[ca. 1836]-1867: Crown Lands Department (AA100); Office of the Commissioner of Crown Lands (CA44)
1867-1869: Department of Crown Lands (AA49); Office of the Commissioner of Crown Lands (CA44)

How to order these records

From our Reading Rooms
To view Volume RG 1-84-0-1, use self-service microfilm MS 400, reel 16.
To view Volume RG 1-84-0-2, use self-service microfilm MS 400, reel 13.
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By Microfilm Interloan
The records in this series are available through the Archives of Ontario Microfilm Interloan Service, which allows you to borrow microfilmed archival records through a library or other institution that participates in the interlibrary loan system.