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Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Kent, Ontario
Peter Glasgow


PETER GLASGOW, a retired farmer of the Gore of Chatham, residing on Lot 30, Concession 1, owns a fine farm of 151 aces to which he came in 1865 from Glencoe, Ontario.  He was born in Scotland July 1st, 1829, and is a son of Thomas and Euphemia  (Burns) Glasgow, the former a farmer in that country.  Thomas Glasgow was born in Linlithgowshire, Scotland, and died in 1843, aged fifty-six years, and his widow died in 1848, aged fifty-seven years.  Both were members of the Presbyterian Church.  Their children were:  Janet; Agnes, wife of Thomas Gillen; Elizabeth; Sophia; John; Thomas; Peter; and James, of Australia.  Peter and James are the only survivors.  The paternal grandparents were John and Agnes (Gray) Glasgow, natives of Linlithgowshire, where they were farming people and spent their entire lives.  The maternal grandparents were Robert and Janet (Hume) burns, of Scotland.

On March 4th, 1856, in Newbury, Ontario, Peter Glasgow married Janet Bryden, and children as follows were born of that union:  (1) James, a farmer of Glencoe, Ontario, married Phoebe Stenson, and has three children, Peter B., Loretta and Florence May;  (2) Thomas J., a farmer on the old homestead, married Sarah Hood, and has three children, William J., Mary I. and Hugh Archie; (3) Gordon K.  Mrs. Glasgow, who was born in Dumfries, Scotland, died in July, 1888, aged sixty-four years, and was interred in the cemetery at Dresden.  She was a daughter of John and Janet (Lockerby) Bryden, of Scotland, who came to Canada in 1855, locating in Newbury, Ontario where the father carried on his trade of blacksmithing.

Mr. Glasgow remained with his parents until after the death of his father, at the age of sixteen years commencing to work for the railroad, and thus he continued, coming to Canada in 1852, at which time he located at Montreal.  For two years he continued there, employed in railroad serviced, and then removed to Newbury, still continuing with the railroad, being section boss for thirteen years.  He then purchased his present farm, which was all wild, and which he has since developed into one of the finest pieces of property in the township.  Since his retirement from active work Mr. Glasgow has given the property to his son, and built him a beautiful brick home on one portion of the homestead, while he himself occupies the old home.  Fraternally Mr. Glasgow is a member of the Blue Lodge of the Masonic Order.  In religious belief he is a Presbyterian and takes an active interest in the good work of that denomination.  His political views make him a staunch Reformer, but he has never aspired to office.  While advance din years, he retains all his faculties and is remarkably active, taking a deep interest in the work of the farm and the management of affairs.  During a long and useful life he has made and retained many friends, all of whom deeply esteem this honourable old gentleman, who in his declining years is still so useful a member of society, and an entertaining companion as well.

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