Photo and description by Haydn Blackey

Cairn commemorating the arrival of Scottish immigrants in Cape Breton

The plaque is in English and Gaelic and the English text reads: On 3 August 1802, the 242 ton ship “Northern Friends” arrived in Sydney Harbour with 415 settlers from Scotland. This marked the first emigration directly from Scotland to Cape Breton and formed the vanguard of the great migration which gave this Island its Scottish character. Erected through the co-operation of the Old Sydney Society and the Gaelic Society of Cape Breton, and unveiled by the Honourable Vincent J. MacLean, Minister of Lands and Forests, October 1977.