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Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Kent, Ontario
Duncan Galbraith


DUNCAN GALBRAITH,
a prominent and highly successful farmer, residing on Lot 18, town line range in Harwich township, County of Kent, was born in Argyllshire, Scotland, March 2nd, 1843.
 
Lachlan and Mary (Glen) Galbraith, his parents, were both also natives of Argyllshire, the father born in January, 1804, and the mother in APril, 1806.  He died February 9th, 1879, she on May 2nd, 1884.  Lachlan Galbraih was the son of Lachlan and Mary (McPhail) Galbraith, who lived and died in Scotland, Mr. Galbraith passing away in 1849, at the age of sixty-nine years, and his wife in November, 1863, at the age of ninety-two.  They had children as follows:  (1)  Donald, born in 1800, married in Scotland, made several voyages to Canada, and died in 1839.  (2I)  Lachlan has been previously mentioned as the father of Duncan Galbraith.  (3)  Margaret Galbraith (deceased) married Neil Galbraith in Scotland, came to Canada, and died in 1864, leaving one son, Angus, a prosperous farmer in West Williams.  (4)  Christina, twin of Lachlan, married John McKeich, and lived in Bute, Scotland.  (5)  Isabella married John McKenzie, a gardener in Campbelltown.  (6)  John, born in Scotland, in May, 1809, was there married in 1840 to Margaret McMillan, who was born in Scotland in 1811.  They came to Canada and settled in West Williams, County of Middlesex, in 1847, and began as pioneers, making a fine farm out of wild land, and on this property both died, he in 1892 and she in 1893.  They were consistent members of the Prsbyterian Church, and in his native land John Galbraith was an elder.  Seven children were born to them:  Mary died in Canada at the age of seven years.  Duncan, born in Scotland, in 1843, was killed by a falling tree when a young man.  Donald, born in Scotland in 1845, married Mary A. Hill, of Galt and now resides in the County of Middlesex, where he is a farmer; his family consists of four children, Margaret, John, Frederick and Jean B.  Margaret, born in Scotland, in 1846, married Angus McLachlan, a resident of the County of Middlesex, and they have nine children -- Mary, Archie, Maggie, Kate, John, Angus, Donald, Willie and Janet.  Lachlan, born in Canada in 1849, married Agnes Lake, of the County of Middlesex, and they settled on the old homestead where they still reside; they have four children, John D., Bessie, Maggie and Mary.  Mary, born in 1855, married George Clark, who lives at Bad Axe, Michigan, where he is a grain and cattle buyer; they have five children, George, John, Donald Archie and Oliver.  Elizabeth, born in March 1853, was reared to young womanhood in the county of Middlesex, where she received a good education, and is now the wife of Duncan Galbraith.  (7)  Mary married Alexander McLeish, who settled at East Williams, County of Middlesex, where he became a large land owner and well-to-do citizen.  They had a family of six children, Archie, Lachlan, Elizabeth, Mary, Alexander (deceased) and Margaret.  Mrs. McLeish died in May, 1885.  (8)  Duncan, born in 1811, an exemplary young man, learned the carpenter's trade, and died at the age of 28 years, in Glasgow..
 
Lachlan and Mary (Glen) Galbraith, the parents of Duncan, are fully spoken of in the sketch of his brother, John Galbraith.
 
Duncan Galbraith was reared and educated in the schools of Harwich.  In November, 1863, he married Elizabeth Galbraith, and they first settled on his father's farm, but three years later removed to their present pleasant place, adjoining the homestead, where Mr. Galbraith has erected substantial buildings and cleared up a large portion of his farm, as well as the one left him by his father.  In 1875 he purchased the McBrayne farm, on the town line, adjoining the homestead, and he is one of the substantial property owners of the township.  He and his sons have made extensive improvements upon their property, which is kept in a fine state of cultivation.  To Mr. and Mrs. Galbraith one daughter and four sons have been born:  John, born in 1875, was reared at the home, received a good education in the home schools and the Collegiate Institute at Ridgetown, and died in Calgary in July, 1901, just as his young life was spreading out, filled with great promise.  Duncan A. born in September, 1875, is unmarried and at the homestead.  Maggie, born in 1878, was reared at home and received a good education, and was a most lovable young lady; she died in October, 1894.  Donald, born in 1880, is unmarried and at home, where he is engaged in farming.  Angus, born in June, 1883, is at home.  Religiously the father, mother and children are members of the Presbyterian Church, in which they are all active workers.  The political opinions of Mr. Galbraith make him a member of the old government party, the Reformers.  His uprightness and integrity of character, as well as his steadfastness of purpose and thrift, have made him one of the successful men of his locality, and he is highly esteemed by all who know him.
 
p.278-279

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