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Birthplace of New Scotland
"As constant as the northern star"
|Incorporated||May 4, 1874|
|• Mayor||Jim Ryan|
|• Governing Body||Pictou Town Council|
|• MLA||Karla MacFarlane (PC)|
|• MP||Sean Fraser (L)|
|• Total||8.01 km2 (3.09 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||54 m (177 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|• Density||397.6/km2 (1,030/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-4 (AST)|
Notable people[change | change source]
- Sir William Dawson, born in Pictou in 1820. He resided in Pictou until 1840, when he travelled to Scotland to complete his education in geology and natural history at the University of Edinburgh. He returned to Nova Scotia in 1842 and served as superintendent of education from 1850 to 1853. In 1855, he moved to Montreal, Quebec, to become the principal of McGill University, a position he held with distinction until 1893.
- Christie MacDonald, American stage actress & singer (1875–1962)
- Peter Crerar, civil engineer, came to Pictou from Scotland in 1817. Designed and built the Albion Mines Railway, the first standard gauge railroad in North America.
- Carmen MacDonald, an ice hockey goaltender for the St. Lawrence Saints, a university team from New York State. She won a gold medal as part of Canada's National Women's Under-18 Team at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago.
- Joey MacDonald, a former NHL goaltender
- Arthur Stanley Mackenzie
- James Drummond MacGregor, first published abolitionist in Canada
References[change | change source]
- "is thàinig iad gu tìr `s an àite `s a bheil Baile Phictou an diugh", An Drochaid Eadarainn - The Bridge Between Us
- Putnam, Donald F. (1976). "Pictou". In William D. Halsey (ed.). Collier's Encyclopedia. Vol. 19. New York: Macmillan Educational Corporation. p. 37.
- "Gaelic Placenames in Nova Scotia | Open Data | Nova Scotia". Socrata. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
- "Carmen MacDonald helps Canada to U-18 female hockey gold medal". Archived from the original on 2014-02-23. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide about: Pictou|
|Wikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Pictou.|