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Archibald McKellar


McKellar, Archibald, Ottawa, is one of those men whom Canadians like to point at as proof of what can be done by a person possessed of dogged perseverance and thrift. Mr. McKellar, the subject of our sketch, was born in February, 1815, in the Island of Bute, the southern portion of Argyleshire, and when only eight days old was carried, along with his mother, to the small island of Gigha, where he spent the first eight years of his life. His parents were Duncan McKellar and Catherine McCormick, and they belonged to the peasant class. They were not blessed with much of this world's goods, but yet they spend something on Archibald's schooling, and he received some education. He was early forced to engage with neighbouring farmers, and for upwards of twenty-six years worked in Scotland as a farm hand. In 1841 he was married to Agnes Pollock, and the pair emigrated to Canada. Mr. McKellar, on his arrival, worked on a farm near Montreal, but shortly afterwards removed to the County of Vaudreuil, and carried on farming. Things not succeeding to his liking, he, in 1857, removed to a farm near Ottawa City and began dairy-farming, and it is gratifying to say, this business has proved very successful. He is now the possessor of one of the finest farms in the County of Carleton, and has a herd of about seventy milch cows, which gives milk to many of the inhabitants of the Capital. Though now well advanced in years, Mr. McKellar takes an active interest in agricultural shows, and is a great advocate of all measures calculated to improve the class whom he represents. Mr. McKellar is a devoted adherent of the Presbyterian church, and in politics is a staunch Reformer. The fruit of his marriage is a son and two daughters. His son John is actively engaged in the business with him, and has already proved himself a worthy son of a worthy father.


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