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Dalhousie, Earl of (1770-1838): § George Ramsay, 9th Earl of Dalhousie was a Scottish soldier and colonial administrator. He was Governor of Nova Scotia from 1816 to 1820, Governor General of British North America from 1820 to 1828 and later Commander-in-Chief in India. The journals he kept afforded a unique record of the life of those times and places in these listed positions. To quote Wikipedia: "While serving as Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia he founded Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The town of Dalhousie, New Brunswick was named after him when he visited there in 1826, although his diary entry for the day stated that he disapproved of changing the original French and Mi'kmaq location names. The villages of East and West Dalhousie in Nova Scotia are named after him, as are Earltown and Port Dalhousie, which is part of St. Catharines, Ontario, a community in Calgary Alberta, Dalhousie Station and an adjacent square, Dalhousie Square in Montreal."
  • The Dalhousie Journals; Dalhousie kept a journal which covered that period when he was in Nova Scotia; Marjory Whitelaw, ed.; 3 vols.; (Oberon Press; 1978, 1981, & 1982)

    Dawson, Joan: § Dawson, as of 1989, taught at the School of Journalism, University of Kings College, Halifax.
  • The Mapmaker's Eye; Early maps of Nova Scotia (Halifax: Nimbus, 1988). § See also under DesBarres, Ganong, Gilroy and Volpi: and see a Catalogue of the Maps in the Collection of the Geographic Board, (Ottawa: January, 1949); and the Canadian (federal) Archives, Report, vol. II, "List of Maps at the Record Office," (Ottawa: 1922).

    Dawson, Samuel Edward:
  • The Saint Lawrence Basin and Its Border-lands Being the Story of Their Discovery, Exploration and Occupation (London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1905). § Ills. & maps; Cabots, La Cosa, Verrazano, Gomez, Cartier, Champlain, etc.;

    De Forest, Louis Effingham: (1891-1952)
  • Louisbourg Journals (New York: The Society of Colonial Wars, 1932).

    D'Entremont, H. Leander:
  • The Forts of Cape Sable of the Seventeenth Century (Yarmouth, N.S.: R. H. Davis, 1938).

    DesBarres, Joseph Frederick Wallet (1721-1824):
  • Uncommon Obdurate: The Several Public Careers of J. F. W. DesBarres; by G. N. D. Evans; (University of Toronto Press, 1969).
  • See also Webster's article on Desbarres in the publications of the Royal Society of Canada, of which I have a reprint (Ottawa, 1927.)
  • See also Webster's 1933 work, The Life of Joseph Frederick Wallet Desbarres.
  • See also articles on DesBarres in the Nova Scotia Historical Review (NSHR) Vol. 5, No. 2; Vol. 6, No. 2; & Vol. 14, No. 2.
  • See also Will R. Bird's An Earl Must Have A Wife.

    DesBrisay, Mather Byles (1828-96): § DesBrisay was a county court judge and a member of the Historical Society of Nova Scotia.
  • History of the County of Lunenburg (1870); (Toronto: Wm. Biggs, 1895).

    Denys, Nicolas (1598-1688):
  • The Description and Natural History of the Coasts of North America § This work was originally published at Paris in 1672. Reprinted by The Champlain Society, Publication No. 2.

    Deveau, J. Alphonse:
  • Diary of Cecial Murat: Of a French Acadian woman living of the shores of St. Mary' Bay who kept (sporadically) an accounting of her activities from 1795 through to 1825; This diarist adopted mother and father were Casimir and Mrtha LeBlanc who spoke with a different accent from that of their neighbours.

    Dièreville: § Not much is known about Dièreville: he was a French surgeon who, coming to Port Royal in 1699, stayed for a year; once back home, in a curious mixture of prose and verse, Dièreville wrote of his experiences: recounting his journeys and experiences; describing the local flora and fauna, the state of the beaver trade, and of the native habitants and their customs.
  • Dièreville: Port Royal; Reprinted by The Champlain Society, Publication No. 20, 1933.

  • Collection of Documents Inedits sur le Canada et L'Amerique; Most of the documents are naturally enough in French. There are helpful tables in the back listing the documents first in order by date and then by subject matter. The material is pertinent to the entire Acadian period and includes: material from Dr. Brown's work, the sworn declarations (valuable genealogical information) of the the Acadians which were re-located to Belle-Isle-en-Mer, The Declaration of war made by the Micmacs in 1749, Duc d'Enville, and much, much more; (Quebec: Demers & Frere, 1888, 1889 & 1890) 3 vols.

    Doughty, Sir Arthur G. (1860-1936): § Doughty was the Dominion Archivist at the early part of the 1900s.
  • The Acadian Exiles (Toronto: Glasgow, Brook & Co., 1916). § This volume, one (#9) of a 32 volume series, Chronicles of Canada, was thought, by Brebner, to be the best short history of the Acadian people in English.

    Douglas, William (c1691-1752):
  • Present State of the the British Settlements; (Boston: Rogersd & Fowle, c.1750)

    Doull, John (1878-1969): § Member of the Nova Scotian legislature for Pictou County (1925-33), Doull was to become the Attorney General for Nova Scotia, 1931-33. In 1933, Justice Doull was to become a Judge of the Supreme Court, 1933-61.
  • Sketches of Attorney Generals of Nova Scotia: 1750-1926 (Halifax: Author, 1964). § Little, Nesbitt, Brenton, Gibbons, Blowers, Uniacke, Archibald, Johnston, Young, Johnstone, Henry, Blanchard, Wilkins, Smith, McDonald, Weeks, White, Thompson, White, Longley, Drysdale, Pipes, McLean, Daniels, O'Hearn, Douglas, Hall, et al.

    Dow, Leslie Smith:
  • Adèle Hugo - La Misérable (Fredericton, N.B.: Goose Lane, 1993). § Adèle was the daughter of the famous French novelist, Victor Hugo (1802-85); the love sick Adèle lived in Halifax during the 1860s.

    Downey, Fairfax:
  • Louisbourg: Key to a Continent; (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1965).

    Duncanson, John Victor (1918-1999): § Born in Windsor, Duncanson graduated from Queen's and after being in the military service during WWII held the position as a Labour Relations officer in Alberta, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec. Duncanson has won a number of awards because of his contributions to the heritage of Nova Scotia.
  • Falmouth - A New England Township in Nova Scotia (1965) (Belleville: Mika, 1990). § Contains genealogical material.
  • Newport, Nova Scotia: A Rhode Island Township (1989) (Belleville: Mika, 1985). § Contains genealogical material; Map reconstructing the Hallyburton survey, 1775, is tipped in at the back with the names of all the grantees thereon.
  • Rawdon and Douglas: Two Loyalist Townships in Nova Scotia (1989) (Belleville: Mika, 1989). § Contains genealogical material.

    Dunn, Charles W. (1915- ): § Dunn is a graduate of the English Department at Harvard.
  • Highland Settler: A Portrait of the Scottish Gael in Nova Scotia; (University of Toronto, 1953).

    Durham, Lord (1792-1840):
  • Lord Durham; by Chester W. New (Oxford University Press, 1929). § Plate of Durham tipped in as fp.
  • Lord Durham's Report (New York: Kelley, 1970); 3 vols. § This is a reprint of Oxford University Press' 1912 ed.
  • If working in this area, Canadian federation, check as a follow up, James Young's Public Men and Public Life (1902).

  • Maritime Dykelands: The 350 Year Struggle (Government of Nova Scotia, Dept. of Agriculture, 1987). § Includes Acadian dyke building and tables with estimates of Acadian population levels of 1750.

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