Rev. Robert Blackwood fonds

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Rev. Robert Blackwood fonds

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MG 1, Vol. 20.

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  • 1817-1870 (Creation)
    Blackwood, Robert, Rev., 1787-1857

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20 cm of textual records

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Robert Blackwood was born 14 October 1787 in Coldrain, Fossoway & Tullibole Parish, Kinross-shire, Scotland, the son of William Blackwood (1750-1812) and Janet Keltie (1761-?). He studied theology and graduated from Divinity Hall at the University of Edinburgh. In 1816 Blackwood married Ann Macara of Perth, Scotland, with whom he had nine children. That same year he and his wife left Scotland with the intention of settling in the state of Ohio. On his way to the United States, he stopped in Halifax, where he was persuaded to remain since there was a demand for Presbyterian ministers. In October 1816 he became pastor for the congregation of Nine Mile River, Gay's River and Shubenacadie, residing at Shubenacadie. In 1840 he left Shubenacadie to preach at Tatamagouche. Prior to his arrival in Nova Scotia, Blackwood had acquired some medical training and was known to occasionally treat members of his congregation. In 1852 Blackwood resigned his charge at Tatamagouche but continued to minister in New Annan, Nova Scotia at Willow Church. He died on 12 December 1857.

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Records were rescued from the late William McCully Nelson's shed on Maple Ave., Tatamagouche by Anna Hamilton, of the North Shore Archives in 1985. Mr. Nelson had been an estate lawyer in Tatamagouche and it was thought he collected numerous items of historical value via his vocation. Frank Patterson's History of Tatamagouche eludes to the existence of the sermons and Rev. Blackwood's diaries. Presently the location of these diaries is unknown.

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Fonds consists of sermons written by Rev. Robert Blackwood. Each sermon includes the date and location of where it was given. Fonds also includes several written speeches, personal notes and reminiscences, and notes regarding payment for his services.

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Records are partly arranged by date, as found by Ms. Hamilton.

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Church and day-books kept by Rev. Blackwood, 1817-1857, can be found at Nova Scotia Archives and Records Managment, microfilm reel 10, 082. The originals are held by NSARM with the exception of one daybook which was loaned by Edith Patterson for microfilming.

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