IIS Research Associates: John Cousins

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John Cousins

Folklorist, storyteller, and historian
O’Leary, Prince Edward Island

An accomplished storyteller, John Cousins taught history at Westisle High School, and Island Folklore and Folksongs at UPEI for many years. Now retired from teaching, he recently completed a history of New London Bay, New London: The Lost Dream, which was published by Island Studies Press in 2016. 

In 2018, John Cousins was awarded the Folklore Studies Association of Canada’s prestigious Marius Barbeau Medal in recognition of remarkable individual contributions to folklore and ethnology through teaching, research, and communication. Click here for more details


New London: The Lost Dream
The Quaker Settlement on P.E.I.’s North Shore, 1773-1795

Drawing upon fresh sources and squeezing insight from existing accounts, author John Cousins delivers this remarkable piece of Island history, virtually unknown until now. He recreates the life – and death – of New London and its Quaker families, complete with heroes and villains, hope and disenchantment, miscalculation and ill fortune, and provides a fascinating portrait of early British settlement on Prince Edward Island.

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