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- The Scot in
British North America
This is a 4 volume set about the Scots in Canada and the great part they
played in its creation.
- The Scotsman in Canada
This is a 2 volume set with volume 1 being on
the Scots in Eastern Canada and volume 2 being on the Scots in Western
- The Scot at
Home and Abroad
Being the substance of a lecture by Scots Canadian Poet John Imrie.
Biographical Record of the County of Kent, Ontario
These are extracts from this
publication which was printed in 1904.
- History of
Bruce County, Ontario
By Norman Robertson (1906)
Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
By John Blue, B.A. (1924)
Books by John McDougall
John McDougall was born in 1842 in Sydenham, Upper Canada to George and
Elizabeth McDougall. George McDougall was a Scottish Methodist
missionary and, as a result, John grew up attending mission schools and
learning to speak Ojibwa and Cree. He wrote several books about his life
growing up in Alberta.
- The Scot in New France
By J. M. LeMoine (1881)
The constitution of Canada in its history
and practical working
By William Renwick
A look at Canada
From an article in July 2011 in MacLean's Magazine
In 2004, in a vote conducted by the CBC, Canadians elected him the
Greatest Canadian of all time.
Brook Farm Heitage Site
The fight to keep the site in Georgetown, Ontario.
Coal-miner, entrepreneur, and politician
- Sir Hugh
Shipping magnate, railway promoter, financier, and capitalist
The 2008 Faire outside Wallaceburg.
- Tartan Day in
Some pictures from the 2007 event courtesy of David Hunter.
- The Hastings & Prince Edward Regiment
The Hastings & Prince Edward
Regiment is a reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces.
- Sir William Alexander
He was knighted in 1609,
granted the plantation of Nova Scotia in 1621 and made Viscount of
Canada. He was appointed Secretary of State for Scotland in 1626, and
was created Earl of Stirling in 1633.
- John Macdonald of Glenaladale
Laird of Glenaladale and
colonizer, soldier, born in Glenaladale, Scotland, about 1742; died at
Edward Island, Canada, 1811
Some drawings that might give you a better idea of early settlement issues
Famous Archivist of the Dominion of Canada from 1872.
- Dr. Thomas McCulloch
In November 1803, a ship arrived at Pictou from Scotland.
Among its passengers were Reverend Thomas McCulloch D.D., his wife and their children, all
bound for Prince Edward Island, where McCulloch was to minister a Presbyterian
- Stan Rogers and General Brock's War
The War of 1812 was fought largely in Southern Ontario, on a front
from Michilimackinac in the Northwest to the St Lawrence river,
especially in the small area between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
Historians regard the war as a critical event in the histories of the
United States and Canada.
- Rev Charles
Jas Stewart Bethune
family trace its lineage very far back in Scottish and French historical
records. The first of the name came to Scotland in the reign of Malcolm
the Third, a contemporary of William the Conqueror, in the eleventh
Was the son of Mr. Angus Cameron, formerly of Argyleshire, Scotland,
and who came to Canada in 1806, as the hospital sergeant of a Highland
Of Toronto and born on 12th August,
1819, at Carbrook, Stirlingshire, Scotland, the country seat of his
father, John Campbell, W.S., who was born in 1770, and who was the great
grandson and representative in the male line of John Campbell of Easter
Shian and Garrows, in the County of Perth, grandson of John Campbell of
Edramuckie Castle, on Loch Tay.
By name and blood a Scotchman, by birth an Englishman, and by adoption a
William D.D. Caven
Principal of Knox (Presbyterian) College, Toronto, was born in the
Parish of Kirkcolm, Wigtonshire, Scotland.
Story of Renfrew
This is a pdf
file of the book in which you can learn about the many Scots who
settled in this place in Ontario. Names like McIntyre, Wright, Ross,
MacLean, and many others.
William Bigger Chisholm
He later commenced fruit growing and packing, etc, he introduced the
present improved mode of handling fruit for market, and is now running
the largest fruit package and basket factories in Canada.
- John Crerar
Barrister-at-law and County Crown Attorney, Hamilton, was born at
Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland, in 1836.
In 1879, he associated with him his brother Thomas, and commenced
business in Toronto, the firm being styled A. & T. J. darling &
Co. This firm deals in hardware. Through the sound business qualities of
its members, it has pushed its way steadily onward, and is now one of
the leading establishments of its kind in the Dominion.
- George Andrew
Of the village of Elora, in the county of Wellington, Ontario, judge of
the County Court of Wellington, local judge for the High Court of
Justice for Ontario, chairman of the General Sessions of the Peace, and
judge for the Surrogate Court for the County of Wellington
The Galbraith family is a race of millers, our subject being the
fourth generation, all having been engaged in this pursuit.
- The Family
Mostly based in South West Ontario
- John Morlson
In 1884 he was appointed to the important chairmanship of the Standing
Committee on private bills, a position requiring the exercise of much
tact and judgment.
- James A.
M.D., Ottawa, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, London; Fellow of
the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh; Corresponding member of the
Boston Gynecological Society, the distinguished gentleman who form the
subject of this sketch was born at Inverness-shire, Scotland, on the 8th
He was moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Canada, usually called
the Free Church, in 1861, when the union was effected between this
church and the United Presbyterian Church of Canada.
- Alex Allan
Dr. Henderson originated the idea of and was the first in Canada to
apply successfully the plaster-of-Paris jacket for the immediate relief
and subsequent cure of spinal irritation without any deformity.
He was destined in the troublous times of 1837 to be in the melee, and
was found in the city guards aiding in restoring order and maintaining
the law. Always taking a broad and intelligent view of civic affairs and
public matters generally, he came to be recognized as one who should be
in a legislative sphere.
Essay on the Scots of the Upper St. Francis District of Quebec
An interesting account of the Scots who settled here and the progress
- Robert Henry
Ex-Mayor of the City of Brantford was born in Perthshire, Scotland, on
November 30th, 1844.
- The Iona
The Iona area is rich in Scottish
heritage. It was first settled in the early 1800's by MacNeils from the
Island of Barra in Scotland.
- Adam Laidlaw
Mr. Laidlaw organised a Joint Stock Company, under the name of Laidlaw
Manufacturing Company, Mr. Laidlaw occupying the position of
vice-president and manager.
A review of his fourteen years of official labour would practically
comprise a history of Ontario's public institutions' system. His reports
to the legislation number fourteen large volumes, aggregating 4,000
pages of printed matter. No less than eight important public
institutions were founded and organized under his supervision.
- Sir William
The eminent, and distinguished
geologist, was born in Montreal on the 20th of April, 1798. His
grandfather, James Logan, and his grandmother, Margaret Edmund, were
natives of the parish of Stirling, Scotland.
- Dr A. A.
He arrived in Toronto in 1878, and has been practising his profession in
that city every since, each year with increasing success, till now he
had one of the largest practices established in the Queen City.
John Sandfield Macdonald
Was descended from a Highland family of much antiquity and
respectability, and was born at St. Raphael, on December 12th, 1812.
Hon. Sir John Alexander Macdonald
It was he who led and shaped the
movement, and conducted negotiations in the maritime provinces and in
England; and in recognition of his zeal and service he was called to
lead the first administration under confederation, and had a knighthood
conferred upon him.
During the last four years of his political life he was a member of
the Government, both in the Blake and Mowat administrations, as
Commissioner of Public Works and Minister of Agriculture and Emigration,
and afterwards as Provincial Secretary.
He managed the construction of the celebrated Thames embankment, one of
the most wonderful works in the world.
He was prominent in establishing the Dominion Telegraph Company, and
was vice-President of that organization for many years. He was also a
Director of the Wellington, Grey & Bruce Railway during the
construction of that road; was an alderman in the city of London and
The staunch and impulsive Reformer and editor of the The Colonial
M.P. for the city of Ottawa and editor of several newspapers.
Sir David Lewis Macpherson
Was appointed Speaker of the
Senate, and member of the Executive Council without portfolio, and this
position he held till the 17th of October, 1883, when he resigned the
speakership and was appointed Minister of the Interior.
- Hon. Oliver
Perhaps the event in his career of which he feels and ought to feel,
most proud, is having obtained in England, before the Judicial Committee
of the Imperial Privy Council, a decision in favour of Ontario for an
extensive territory long in dispute and supposed to comprise 100,000
- John Muir
Barrister and Captain
- Books on
Scots in Canada
Here is a listing of books about Scots in Canada that are held by the
National Library of Scotland.
One of the leading and most public spirited mercantile men in the
"Queen City of the West".
Lieutenant-Colonel, commanding the 1st Provisional Brigade of Field
Artillery, Active Militia, Barrister-at-Law and Solicitor of the Supreme
Court of Ontario.
- William Bell
The head of the well-known firm of organ-builders at Guelph, Ontario.
D.L.S., C.E., Professor of Agriculture, Guelph Agricultural College, was
born on the 14th April, 1835, at Turriff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He is
a son of James Brown, LL.D., author of "The Forester", and now
a resident of Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada.
- Rev. Dr.
Author of "Manitoba; its Infancy, Growth and Present
Condition" and many other books.
Farming in Canada
Taken from the Colonial Advocate, Thursday, June 3, 1824. Published by W.
L. Mackenzie, Bookseller, Queenston, Upper Canada.
- Upper Canada Gazette
Or American Oracle, Volume 1, Number 1, Thursday, April 18, 1793.
By WIlliam Lyon MacKenzie in 1837.
- Colonial Advocate
No. 1 Tuesday, May 18, 1824
The settlement of Wallaceburg, Ontario.
- Ross, Arthur
An M.P. lawyer and developer.
- Hon. Malcolm
Ferry boy to Politician.
- Stuart, John
- Crieff in
A Scottish community
- Lewis Grant,
A substantial account with many letters
- Hon. John
Senator, banker and businessman.
- Sir William
Attorney-General of the Province of Qubec
- D. McTavish
Partner in the North-West Company of Canada.
Accountant of Contingencies, Finance Department, Otawa
Cape Breton musician who served as honorary chieftain of the Fergus
Scottish Festival and Highland Games for more than 20 years.
Father and son created the largest diary operation in Canada.
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