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Covenanters Church Grand Pre, NSWe are pleased to make contact, or learn of the descendants of George and Ann Gillmore.

Rev. George Gillmore (1720-1811) of Antrim, Ireland was a  Presbyterian minister, who studied in Edinburgh.
In 1769, along with his wife Ann Allen and their three children, under the age of ten, they embarked on a voyage to America lasting almost three months. In America, he served as a minister until his British allegiances branded him a Loyalist during the American Revolution. He found himself fleeing his home to follow his conscience to Canada where he settled his family in Nova Scotia on wooded land on Ardoise Hill in 1786. He eventually returned to active ministry in his adopted land. Journals that survived, tell of his story.

A biography of Rev. George Gillmore was produced by Sidvin F. Tucker in 1960 as part of The Gillmore Saga 1720-1960. A brief biography of Rev. Gillmore has been edited from that text as an introduction.

The Gillmore family avoided starvation in Nova Scotia, subsisting on milk and potatoes, with Rev. George (in his late sixties) carrying hay on his back
through deep woods - a four mile journey - to keep their two cows producing milk. Despite these hardships, the family survived and through six of the seven children of George and Ann, a large number of descendants have been recorded in the genealogical section of Tucker's book, The Gillmore Saga 1720-1960.
An additional biography of Rev. George Gillmore, is included in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.

A lasting monument to his efforts stands in the restored and still active Covenanter Church in Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, built during his ministry there. He remained active until his death in his 90s.  A dozen of his descendants have entered the Christian ministry including, Rev. John Redford Scott. The Covenanter Church at Grand
Pré, is both a National Historic Site of Canada and a Registered NS Heritage Property. A brief history brochure had been distributed by the congregation. The Covenanter Church is now operated as part of Orchard Valley Pastoral Charge.

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