Story: Northland region

Scottish settlers

Some 800 Scottish settlers made their home at Waipū from 1854, bringing with them precious mementoes such as this book of Highland music. Their leader, Norman McLeod, was both charismatic and fanatical, preaching hellfire and demanding subservience from his followers. Listen to a descendant of one of the settlers describe her grandfather's experience of McLeod’s strict rules.

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Claudia Orange, 'Northland region - European settlement: 1840–1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/7602/scottish-settlers (accessed 6 December 2019)

Story by Claudia Orange, updated 1 May 2015