Island of St. John / Prince Edward Island

Nov 29, 2007
from "Today in History" by the Canadian Press

The legislature of the Island of St. John voted to change its name to Prince Edward Island on the 29th of November 1798.

The name was chosen in honour of Prince Edward Duke of Kent, who was stationed with the army in Halifax at the time.

It was felt that the change was necessary because the Island was being confused with Saint John N.B.

BSGGS member, Charles Cameron added this info:

Did you know that the Duke of Kent was the father of Queen Victoria and therefore the Queen's great great great grandfather? He liked round buildings and built the Old Town Clock on the slopes of Citadel Hill in Halifax as well as two other well known round buildings in Halifax.