The Cricketers of Digby and Yarmouth Counties, Nova Scotia, 1871-1914: Social Roots of a Village and Small-Town Sport

  • John G. Reid Saint Mary's University


Cricket in Nova Scotia, up until 1914, was a complex and deeply rooted sport. Rural and small-town cricket has attracted little historiographical attention, and yet multiple cricket clubs existed in villages and small towns. The adjoining counties of Digby and Yarmouth form a subregion in the southwestern part of the province where the social roots of cricket can be gauged and analysed. This essay argues that cricket long retained its place as a prevalent summer sport, and also contributed notably to the normalization of colonial settlement as well as to social linkages among settler communities.

Author Biography

John G. Reid, Saint Mary's University

John G. Reid is Professor of History at Saint Mary’s University.