Influenced by his master's thesis
subject related to industrialist B.A. Scott, corporate historian Carl Beaulieu traces
a portrait of the socioeconomic and population contribution of Scots to Québec
mainly in Montréal, Charlevoix and the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean areas, major
centers of "Bonnie Scotland" on the Québec territory.
Allied to indian and french nations, Scots brought a significant contribution through
their partnership with the latter. Odyssey of this alliance can be found in the exploration,
merchandising trade, commercial navy and navy construction, fur and lumber trade,
settlement and industrilization through remarkable figures from these families: Alexander,
Blackburn, Blair, Donaldson, Fraser, Harper, Grant, Lindsay, McLaren, McLeod, McKenzie,
McLean, McNicoll, Murdock, Murray, Ross, Scott, Skeen, Spence, Robertson and Warren.
Thousands of people are descendants of these entrepreneurs since the arrival of the
first scot in Charlevoix around 1760. This legacy is acknowledged with the foundation
of local, national and international enterprises as well as municipalites (Murray
Bay, Port-au-Persil, Pointe-au-Pic, Baie-Saint-Paul, Chicoutimi, Jonquière,Roberval
and Alma). These enterprises enabled the industrialization of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
area in 1926 which resulted in the foundation and development of other cities and
villages in the Charlevoix and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean areas.