BEDEQUE – Earle Lockerby will give an illustrated presentation entitled “Samuel Holland’s Descendants, Bedeque and Royalty” when he visits Bedeque on Monday, July 21. This presentation to the Bedeque Area Historical Society at 7 p.m. in the Bedeque United Church is open to the public.
Lockerby notes that next year marks the 250th anniversary of Samuel Holland’s completion of his survey and monumental map of Prince Edward Island, a map that will be returning to the Island for an exhibition next year. The map has been in London for 250 years.
Though Holland spent only one year on the Island, his widow and several of his children later settled in Tryon. One of these children, Frederick Brehm Holland, is said to have been closely connected to British royalty through marriage, while two of Frederick B. Holland’s sons settled in Bedeque. The historian’s talk will touch on these two Bedeque grandsons of Samuel Holland and, more particularly, he will examine the legend of the royal connection.
Lockerby has contributed many articles on P.E.I. history to The Island Magazine, and to off-Island periodicals. He is the author of the book “Deportation of the Prince Edward Island Acadians” which has become the definitive work on this subject and dispels a number of myths regarding the deportation. He is a co-author of the book “Jeremiah Bancroft at Fort Beauséjour & Grand-Pré” which last spring was shortlisted for an Atlantic Book Award in the scholarly writing category. Lockerby is currently working on a book, along with Doug Sobey, about Samuel Holland and his legacy on P.E.I.
Monday’s talk will be followed by the annual meeting of the Bedeque Area Historical Society. Admission is free, with donations being welcome.