Electric Scotland News
The Flag in the Wind
The Scottish Nation
Raiderland, All about Grey Galloway
Poems and Stories
Scottish Canadian Newspaper
Proceedings of the Scotch-Irish Third Congress at Louisville, Kentucky May
14 to 17, 1891
History of Scotland
Highlanders in Spain
Doug Ross's pictures from his Scottish Tour
The Crofter in History
Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Kent, Ontario.
The Biter Bit!
Domestic issues took up most of this week. My steps have now been replaced
and painted. They found support bricks missing on the front steps so just as
well I decided to rebuild rather than do a quick fix. Have also decided to
get the lattice work replaced and so that's been purchased and painted and
hopefully tomorrow will see it fitted and the hand rails back from being
I'm also getting a couple of other wee jobs done like some cement work on my
side path to the house and also the side path extension path to the back
garden gate which has been forced up by tree roots. The final wee job is
fixing the entrance to my basement from the outside door. Need 4 sheets of
drywall and fixing the three steps down into it and also fixing the outside
basement door which is hard to close.
Got my new washer and dryer delivered and the old ones removed. The final
job is to power wash the front and back of the house and get the trees
pruned back so they don't rub on the house roof and then also to do a wee
bit of planting around the house.
As to work... the next three projects I'll be working on book wise is "Perth
on the Tay", an account of transplanted Highlanders to Canada. This book may
well be a challenge to read as they talk in the Scots vernacular but felt it
was interesting enough to make this available on the site.
I'll shortly start on the "Good Words" book of which you got to read the
first story last week.
And I am starting to work on the New Statistical Account of Scotland (1845)
with the Aberdeen volume being the first of 15. These are around 900 pages
each so likely this will be a project over several years :-)
And as I mentioned last week we're going to try for a very detailed account
of the Grandfather Highland Games in North Carolina. The press officer for
the event is being most helpful and is giving Michael and Jeanne Craig press
passes for the whole event.
ABOUT THE STORIES
Some of the stories in here are just parts of a larger story so do check out
the site for the full versions. You can always find the link in our "What's
New" section at the link at the top of this newsletter and pick up poems and
stories sent into us during the week from Donna, Margo, Stan, John and
THE FLAG IN THE WIND
Mind that The Flag is now in two sections (1) Political and (2) Cultural.
This weeks Flag is compiled by Donald Bain in which he is discussing the
election fiasco in Scotland.
In Peter's cultural section we get a wee bit of Scottish Wit...
A Worried Wife!
An old crofter is on his death bed being comforted by his wife and her
sister. He turns to his wife and says: "We've haed a gran life thegither but
somethins aye bothered me fir yeirs. Jock an Jimmie war twa gran strappin
louns an are nou fine chiels - bit Sannie his aye been a shargar. Tell minoo
- is he ma sin?"
And the wife replies: "Oh ay, A'll sweir tillt."
At that the crofter dies a happy man and a while later the widow's sister
says: "At wis a funny thing Mac asked ye afore he deid."
"A ken at" replies the widow "A wis worried fir a meenit - A thocht he wis
gyan tae ask aboot the the ither twa."
The Scottish Nation
My thanks to Lora for transcribing these volumes for us.
Now onto the H's with Halliday, Halyburton, Hamilton and Handyside added
The Hamilton entry is very large and here is how it starts...
HAMILTON, a surname originally derived from the lordship and manor of
Hambledon in Leicestershire, the seat of the ancient family of Hamilton, the
first of whom settled in Scotland in the thirteenth century. In the time of
William the Conqueror, as we learn from the index to Domesday Book, there
were several places in England of the names of Hameldun, Hameldune,
Hameledone, Hameltun, Hameltune, and Hameledune; and different families of
the name were established in various parts of England, about the time of the
early Scottish Hamiltons, but there is no reason to suppose that any of them
settled in Scotland. A william de Hamilton, who belonged to a Yorkshire
family, is repeatedly taken notice of in the Faedera Angliae, from 1274 to
1305, being employed in various negociations and transactions of importance.
He was archbishop of York and lord-chancellor of England during the reign of
Edward the first, and one of the commissioners appointed by that monarch who
met at Upsettlington, near Norham castle, on 2d June 1292, to determine the
claims of the competitors for the Scottish crown. In Clelands Annals of
Glasgow, vol. ii. p. 484, there is inserted the translated copy of a
charter from Malcolm Canmore (who reigned between 1057 and 1093) to the
masons of Glasgow, granting them very ample privileges, one of the witnesses
to which is designed Andrew Hamilton, bishop of Glasgow; but the
authenticity of the deed is doubted from the fact that there were no bishops
of Glasgow for a considerable period after this; the first, according to
Chalmers, having been John (preceptor of David I.,) who died in 1147.
The first person of the name in Scotland that can be relied upon was Walter
de Hamilton, usually designed Walterus fulius Gilberti, or Walter Fitz-Gilbert,
and from him the ducal family of Hamilton are descended. His father, Sir
Gilbert Hamilton, is said to have been the son of Sir William de Hamilton,
one of the sons of Robert de Bellomont, surnamed Blanchemaine, third earl of
Leicester, who died in 1190. The story told by Hector Boece, Lesly,
Buchanan, and others, of the first Hamilton who settled in Scotland having
been obliged to flee from the court of Edward the Second in 1323, for
slaying John Despencer, is quite in character with the legendary origins of
families formerly so universal, and is evidently an invention. The fable
goes on to state that having been closely pursued in his fight, Hamilton and
his servant changed clothes with two woodcutters, and taking the saws of the
workmen, they were in the act of cutting an oak-tree when his pursuers
passed. Perceiving his servant to notice them, Sir Gilbert cried out to him
Through, which word, with the oak-tree and saw through it, he took for his
crest. Sir Gilberts son, Sir Walter, however, was settled in Scotland long
before this period. In the chartulary of Paisley he appears as one of the
witnesses to the charter of confirmation by James, great steward of
Scotland, to the monastery of Paisley, of the privilege of a herring fishery
in the Clyde, in 1294; and in 1292, and again in 1296, we find him among the
barns who swore fealty to King Edward the First, for ands lying in
Lanarkshire and different other counties. During the contest which ensued
for the succession to the Scottish crown he adhered to the English or Baliol
By Edward the Second he was appointed governor of the castle of Bothwell,
and he held that important fortress for the English at the period of the
battle of Bannockburn. He is mentioned by Barbour as Schyr Waltre
gilbertson. He seems soon after to have been taken into favour with Robert
the Bruce, as that monarch bestowed on him the barony of Cadyow in
Lanarkshire, and several other lands and baronies in that county, and in
Linlithgowshire and Wigtonshire. He continued faithful to King David Bruce,
the son of his great benefactor, and during his minority he accompanied the
regent Douglas to the relief of Berwick, then threatened with a siege by the
English. He was also present at the battle of Halidon-hil, where he had a
command in the second great body of the army under the young Stewart. He was
twice married. His second wife was Mary, only daughter of Adam de Gordon,
ancestor of al the Gordons in Scotland. He had two sons: Sir David, and John
de Hamilton, who, marrying Elizabeth, daughter of Alan Stewart of Dreghorn,
got with her the lands of Ballencrief, &c. Of him are descended the
Hamiltons of Innerwick, the earls of Haddington, and others. Sir Walter had
two brothers, Sir John de Hamilton de Rossaven, and Hugo de Hamilton. The
former had a charter from his nephew, Sir David de Hamilton de Cadyow, of
the barony of Fingaltoun in Renfrewshire, dated in 1339. He was ancestor of
the Hamiltons of Fingaltoun and Preston, from whom are sprung the families
of Airdrie and ellershaw, and from the latter are said to be descended the
Hamiltons of Cairnes, and the Hamiltons of Mount Hamilton in Ireland.
Sir David de Hamilton, lord of Cadyow, was, like his father, a faithful
adherent of David the Bruce, and after that monarchs return from France, he
accompanied him in all his excursions into the northern counties of England.
He was taken prisoner with the king at the disastrous battle of Durham, 17th
October, 1346, but soon obtained his freedom on payment of a heavy ransom.
He is mentioned as one of the magnates Scotiae, at a meeting of the Estates
held at Scone, 27th March 1371, to settle the succession, when John earl of
Carrick was unanimously acknowledged to be the eldest lawful son of King
Robert the Second, and undoubted heir to the crown. He had three sons: Sir
David, his successor; Walter de Hamilton, ancestor of the Hamiltons of
Cambuskeith and Grange in Ayrshire; and Alan de Hamilton of Lethberd or
Larbert in Linlithgowshire.
The eldest son, sir David de Hamilton, was knighted by Robert the Second,
who, in 1377, made him a grant of the lands of Bothwell muir. He died before
1392. He married Janet or Johanetta de Keith, only daughter and heiress of
the gallant Sir William Keith of Galston, and the ancestrix, not only of the
noble family of Hamilton, but of their cousins the Stewarts of Darnley, from
whom James the First of England, and the subsequent monarchs of the house of
Stuart, were lineally descended. By this lady he had; with a daughter,
Elizabeth, married to Sir Alexander Fraser of Cowie and dores, ancestor of
the Frasers, Lord Salton; five sons; namely, Sir John, his successor;
George, ancestor of the Hamiltons of Boreland in Ayrshire; William, ancestor
of the Hamiltons of bathgate; Andrew, ancestor of the Hamiltons of Udston;
and John, ancestor of the family of Bardowie.
Raiderland, All about Grey Galloway
by S. R. Crockett (1902)
Our thanks to John Snyder for ocr'ing in this book for us
Added chapters XXII and XXIII this week. Here is how chapter XXII starts...
AND now we come to the heart of the matter. Every traveller's road in
Galloway leads him at long and last to the Glenkens and yet they want a
railway, and set poets to ask for it!
But we who are of the older day prefer to think of the Glenkens as it was in
the year of Bothwell Brig, when a certain William Gordon, of Earlstoun, rode
away through these sweet holms and winding paths south toward the Duchene.
Nowhere, to my thinking, is the world so gracious as between the green
woodlands of Earlstoun and the grey Duchrae Craigs. For (writes the hero)
"the pools of the Water of Ken slept, now black, now silver, beneath us.
They were deep set about with the feathers of the birches, and had the green
firs standing bravely like men-at-arms on every rocky knoll. Then the strath
opened out, and we saw Ken flow silver-clear between the greenest and
floweriest banks in the world. The Black Craig of Dee loomed on our right
side as we rode, sulky after the burning of last year's heather. And the
great Kells range sank slowly behind us, ridge behind ridge of hills whose
very names make a storm of music-Millyea, Milldown, Millfire, Corscrine, and
the haunted fastnesses of the Meaull of Garryhom in the head end of
Carsphairn. The reapers were out in the high fields about Gordonston by
daybreak, with their crooked reaping-hooks in their hands, busily grasping
the handfuls of grain and cutting them through with a pleasant risp' of
sound. Cocks crowed early that morning, for they knew it was going to be a
day of fervent heat. It would be as well, therefore, to have the pursuit of
slippery worm and rampant caterpillar over betimes in the dawning. Then each
chanticleer could stand in the shade and scratch himself applausively with
alternate foot all the hot noontide, while the wives clucked and nestled in
the dusty holes along the banks, interchanging intimate reflections upon the
moral character of the giddier and more skittish young pullets of the
Furthermore, I have another reason for remembering the Glenkens. It was a
favourite cycling route of Sweetheart's and minein the good years when cats
were kittens, and dogs were puppies, and sheep were lambs, and Sweethearts
had not yet grown up!
"We skimmed under the imminent side of the Bennan Hill, now purple and
golden-brown with the heather and the dying bracken. On our right, by the
lochside of Ken, we passed the little cottage which thirty years ago was
known to all in the neighbourhood as Snuffy Point, from an occupant who was
said to use so much snuff that the lake was coloured for half a mile round
of a deep brown tint whenever he sneezed. A little farther on is a deep
tunnel of green leaves, down which we looked. It leads to Kenmure Castle.
Sweetheart and I always stop just here to dream. It seems as if we could
stretch our arms and float down into the wavering infinitude of stirring
Proceedings of the Scotch-Irish Third Congress at Louisville, Kentucky May
14 to 17, 1891
Now working on the Third Congress and this week as well as completing the
summary proceedings have added...
The Workmans by Rev. Stuart Acheson, A.M., of Toronto, Canada
Genealogical and Biographical Sketch of Samuel Evans
Religious Services and Closing Exercises at the Louisville Auditorium - Dr.
John Hall's Sermon.
W. J. Frierson, Oakland, Cal. Born Jan 8, 1810; died Oct. 21, 1890, Aged 80
years, 9m 13d.
James Todd, Louisville, Ky.
Matthew T. Scott, Bloomington, Ill.
John Orr, Steubenville, O.
Here is the article about John Orr...
JOHN ORR, STEUBENVILLE, O.
STEUBENVILLE GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 21, 1891.
This community was shocked Friday evening by the announcement of the death
of John Orr, an old and one of the most prominent citizens of Steubenville,
which occurred at 4 o'clock. The cause of death was jaundice, and he had
been confined to his house but a few days.
Mr. Orr was born at Ballyhalbert, near Belfast, Ireland, November 29, 1827,
and came to America in 1846, first locating in Pittsburg, He remained in
that city only a short time, coming to Steubenville, where he entered the
grocery store of his uncle, John Orr, at the corner of Third and Washington
In 1851 he opened a retail grocery on the opposite corner, which business he
continued up to 1860, when at the death of his uncle ho returned to the old
store. He remained in the retail grocery business up to 1867, when he
engaged in oil refining, building a plant below the Jefferson Iron Works. In
1877 he also engaged in oil refining in Pittsburg, but two years later he
sold the two plants to the Standard Oil Company, resuming the retail grocery
trade at the "Old Orr Corner."
In 1882 he erected the large block at the corner of Market and Fifth, and
taking his son Robert into partnership, engaged in the wholesale grocery
trade, in which he was very prosperous, his house at his death having a
solid standing, the result of business sagacity and honest dealing.
In 1855 he was married to Mary Jane Orr, the issue being five children,
Robert, John, Will, Mary, and Annie, who, with the wife, survive him. He was
a public-spirited citizen, a man of enterprise and wholesome influence,
always taking an active interest in public improvements. It was during his
membership of Council in 1868 and largely through his influence and
persistent efforts that the sidewalks were widened and many of the street
lines wore straightened and the city began to emerge from its village life.
It was also largely through his influence as a councilman that the first
steam fire-engine was purchased. He was one of the Trustees of the Union
Cemetery, was in the directory of the old Jefferson Fire Insurance Company,
of the old Jefferson National Bank, and was a Director in the Steubenville
National Bank at his death. He was a friend of the Y. M. C. A., to which
organization ho was a liberal and hearty contributor. He was a member of the
Humane Society, and contributed largely to the support of the work in the
prosecution of which he was deeply interested. In fact, he was prominent in
all movements for the betterment of the community and its citizens. He was
of a jovial disposition, kind-hearted, and his acts of kindness and charity
will keep his memory green in the hearts of many beneficiaries.
He was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church and a regular attendant at
this sanctuary. He was a Democrat, in his younger days being one of the most
active of the local adherents of the party of Jefferson. He was one of the
first Ohio members of the Scotch-Irish Society of America, and no one took a
deeper interest in the annual proceedings of its Congress. Ho looked forward
with much pleasure to an anticipated attendance at the next meeting of the
Congress to be held in Louisvilie in May.
Mr. Orr was a good citizen, and his death is deeply mourned by our people.
His many good traits of character endeared him to the hearts of many. His
remains were interred in the Union Cemetery Sunday afternoon at 2:30
I might add that next week I'll be adding the list of members of the Society
and in this volume they have started to add a wee bio of some of the
History of Scotland
In 9 volumes By Patrick Fraser Tytler (1828)
Now working on the sixth volume and have added...
Chapter 3 (Pages 135 - 191)
Mary from 1559 - 1561 (1559)
Chapter 4 (Pages 193 - 274)
Mary from 1560 - 1561 (1560)
Chapter 5 (Pages 275 - 346)
Mary from 1561 - 1565 Part A (1561)
Here is how Chapter 5 starts...
ON her arrival in her dominions, Mary was received with great joy by all
classes of her subjects, and for a while those unhappy feelings which
exasperated the various factions of the state against each other, were
softened down and forgotten in the general enthusiasm. She was conducted by
her nobility with rude state from Leith to her palace of Holyrood.
The pomp of the procession, if we may believe Brantome, an eye-witness, was
far inferior to the brilliant pageants to which she had been accustomed; she
could not repress a sigh when she beheld the sorry palfreys prepared for
herself and her ladies, and when awakened on the morning after her arrival,
by the citizens singing psalms under her window, the unwonted strains seemed
dissonant to courtly ears; but the welcome, though singular, was sincere,
the people were delighted with their young Queen; her extreme beauty, and
the gracefulness of her manners, created .a strong prepossession in her
favour; her subjects crowded round her with expressions of unfeigned
devotedness, and for a time she believed that her forebodings of
difficulties and distresses were unfounded.
Within a few days after her return, however, the celebration of mass in her
private chapel occasioned a tumult, which was with difficulty appeased; Mary
had stipulated for the free exercise of her own form of worship, and the
Lord James previous to his departure for France, maintained, in opposition
to Knox and the strictest reformers, that this liberty could not possibly be
denied to their Sovereign. Here the matter rested till the Queen's arrival,
but the more intolerant of the Protestants had early made up their minds to
resist by force every attempt to raise the "Idol" once more in the land.
They drew no distinction between the idolatry of the Jews, which was
punished by death, and the idolatry of the Romanists; both were in their
eyes maintainers of the accursed
thing which was hateful to God. It was even argued by Knox, that the Jews
were more tolerable in their tenets than the Romish Church; he would rather
see, he said, ten thousand French soldiers landed in Scotland, than suffer a
single mass. And when the master of Lindsay, a furious zealot, heard that it
was about to be celebrated, he buckled on his harness, assembled his
followers, and rushing into the court of the palace, shouted aloud that the
priests should die the death. The Lord James, however, opposed this
violence, placed himself at the door of the chapel, overawed the multitude,
and preserved the lives of the chaplains who officiated, for which he was
bitterly and ironically attacked by Knox.
Highlanders in Spain
By James Grant (1910)
Several more chapters added this week and now up to Chapter 60.
Here is how Chapter 58 starts...
It was on the morning of the 16th September that Ronald quitted Brussels,
having under his command three hundred rank and file of the Gordon
Highlanders, as many more of the 42nd, and fifty men of the Coldstream
Guards. Three other officers were with him, but he was their senior both by
rank and standing. They paraded in the park before the king's palace, in
heavy marching order, about six o'clock in the morning, and, moving round
the corner of the palace of the Prince of Orange, they proceeded along the
boulevard, after passing through the Namur gate. As they quitted the city,
with bayonets fixed and pipes playing before the fifty Coldstreams, who of
course marched in front, they elicited shouts of applause from the Belgians,
many of whom followed them for many miles on the Waterloo road, and several
young women went much farther, so that they never returned at ail. Stuart
had a very affectionate leave-taking with Widow Vandergroot, whose fat oily
face was bedewed with tears at his departure.
Their route, for part of the way, lay through the forest of Soignies ; on
quitting which they entered the plains of Waterloo, so lately the scene of
that fierce contest in which the greatest empire in Europe had been lost and
won. They were now treading on the hallowed ground of the field, and the
murmur of conversation, which had arisen among the detachment the moment
command to 'march at ease' had been given, now died away, and the soldiers
trod on in silence, or spoke to each other only at intervals, and in
whispers, for there was something in the appearance of the vast graveyard
around them which caused strange feelings of sadness to damp the military
pride that burned in every breast.
The morning was remarkably fine, with a pure air and almost cloudless sky.
All nature looked bright and beautiful, and the rising sun cast the long
shadows of every house and tree far across the level landscape, where
everything was beginning to assume a warm autumnal tint.
The farm of La Haye Sainte, the fine old chateau of Hougoumont, and other
houses, were all roofless and ruined, the walls breached and battered by
cannon-shot; the parterres, the shrubberies, and orchards destroyed ; but on
these wrecks of the strife they scarcely bestowed a look. As they marched
over the ridge where the British infantry formed line, the sights which
greeted them there caused the Highlandersnaturally thoughtful at all
timesto become more so.
'No display of carnage, violence, and devastation could have had so pathetic
an effect as the quiet orderly look of its fields, brightened with the
sunshine, but thickly strewed with little heaps of upturned earth, which no
sunshine could brighten. On these the eye instantly fell ; and the heart,
having but a slight call made upon it from without, pronounced with more
solemnity the dreadful thing that lay below, scarcely covered with a
sprinkling of mould. In some spots they lay thick in clusters and long
ranks; in others one would present itself alone; betwixt these, a black
scathed circle told that fire had been employed to consume, as worthless
refuse, what parents cherished, friends esteemed, and women loved. The
summer wind, that shook the branches of the trees and waved the clover and
gaudy heads of the thistles, brought along with it a foul stench, still more
hideous to the mind than to the offended sense. The foot that startled the
small bird from its nest among the grass disturbed at the same time some
poor remnant of a human being, either a bit of the showy habiliments in
which he took pride, or of the warlike accoutrements which were his glory,
or of the framework of his body itself, which he felt as comeliness and
strength the instant before it became a mass of senseless matter.'
The ideas which appear to have pervaded the mind of the writer quoted were
those of every man of that detachmentsuch, indeed, as the objects in their
path, and the mournful scenes by which they were surrounded, could scarcely
fail to inspire
The Crofter in History
By Lord Colin Campbell, son of George, 8th Duke of Argyll (1885)
Added three more chapters this week...
Chapter III. Condition of the Highlands and Islands in the Sixteenth and
Chapter IV. Condition of the Highlands and Islands during the Eighteenth
Chapter V. Buchanan's Account of the Western Hebrides, 1782
Here is how Chapter III starts...
Enough has been said to prove that even long before the breaking up of the
clan system the Highlanders were far from enjoying that absolute immunity
from oppression which has been imagined. On the other hand it is a gross
error to represent them as being everywhere under a feudal despotism. If we
turn to the records of the sixteenth century we shall find them enjoying,
under the more powerful and settled clans, a system of rural economy,
regulated by laws and customs which may well excite the admiration of a
modern land reformer. In the "Black Book of Taymouth," examples of tenures
will be found typical of feudalism. There is a tack obliging the holders "to
mak slauchter" upon the Clan Gregor. The lessees undertake, "with the haill
companie and forces," to "enter a deidlie feid with the Clan Gregor," and "continew
thairin, and in making of slauchter upon them and thair adherents, bayth
priuelie and oppenlie." Another binds the lessee to be "ane leill and trew
servand to me and my airis at all tymes, baith upon hors and futt as he
salbe requirit." The condition of a third is the "yearly payment of a sheaf
of arrows." A fourth well illustrates the premium set by feudalism on
population. It binds the tenant to keep a sufficient number of sub-tenants,
and not to set the lands in schieling. There cannot be the least doubt that
so long as such conditions were observed the tacksmen and their sub-tenants
were undisturbed in the enjoyment of their holdings.
Not less interesting are the records of the Baron Court printed in the same
work. They prove that stricter rules of estate management prevailed than are
common at the present day. Nor are these rules always imposed as the
arbitrary decrees of the lord of the soil. They read like the laws of a
small republic. A common form of the record is"It is statute and ordainit
with aduyis and consent of the heall commins, tennentis," &c. [Sir Walter
Scott, in contrasting the Highland clans with the Afghan tribes, says, "At
no time do the Highland chiefs appear to have taken counsel with their
elders as an authorized and independent body" an assertion which is here
disproved.] Amongst many other enactments we find heather burning forbidden
except in the month of March: the maintenance of head-dykes and fold-dykes
is enjoined: every householder is required to have a kail-yard: the method
of cutting peats is prescribed: every tenant and cottar is ordered to leave
his dwelling-house, on removing, precisely as he found it: every person is
commanded to plant trees in number proportionate to the extent of his
holding: none are to permit crows to build in the trees: the occupiers are
warned that their stock must be put outside the head-dykes from the first of
May until the eighth of June, and after that they must pass to the
schielings, and remain there until a certain day.
It is a curious fact that the practice of resorting to arbitration in the
assessment of rent is found in use. One of the tacks has the following
proviso: "If the said Nicoll be impeded in labouring the said lands by any
enemy's army, the tack shall become void, and he shall be bound to pay only
such duty as four honest men, assessors in the country, shall appoint." [The
date of this lease is 1651.] This custom appears to have taken strong root
in Perthshire. It was a common practice formerly to call in sworn valuers or
appraisers, under the name of Birleymen or Byrelawmen. The word is derived
from the Gaelic word bir, signifying "short": hence short law or speedy
justice. These functionaries existed in each officiary, and were called in
to settle disputes between landlord and tenant, or between one tenant and
another. [Robertson's Report to the Board of Agriculture on Perthshire.]
Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Kent, Ontario.
My thanks to Nola Crewe for typing these up for us.
We got three bios in this week...
Robert Stuart Fisher
John Fergusson, M.D.
I thought I'd include the compete entry for John Fergusson, M.D., as it
shows how immigrants grow over the generations.
JOHN FERGUSSON, M.D., a leading physician of Tilbury village, also prominent
in public affairs, combines with a thorough professional education those
rare qualities of mind and character that win success for a man at every
step in life. He comes of a respected and gifted Scottish family.
John Fergusson, his grandfather, a native of Scotland, was the first of his
line to push out of the cramped environments of Old World institutuions and
seek to better his fortunes in Canada. He passed his early years in
Scotland, and there gained a good education and practical training for
Upon reaching manhood he married, in Scotland, a woman of ability and
refinement, who proved a most encouraging helpmeet. She died in Canada at
the age of sixty-five years. It was during the twenties that Mr. Fergusson
broke home ties and came to Canada, settling in Dumfries township, County of
Waterloo, where he remained for several years. Eventually, however, he
purchased a farm in Beverly township, County of Wentworth, whither he moved,
and engaged in agriculture. From the start he made a splendid success on
this farm, and continuing to prosper, worked it throughout the rest of his
life, improving it from year to year, and making it in time one of the most
attractive and valuable places in the township. A strong man, both mentally
and physically, Mr. Fergusson made each stroke of work count for good. He
died at the age of eighty-two years.
Archibald Fergusson, father of Dr. John Fergusson, was born on the family
homestead in Beverly township, five miles east of Galt, about 1832. There he
grew to manhood, and by assisting his father in the work on the farm early
became well grounded in the best methods of agriculture. Both environment
and an inherent taste for the work decided him upon reaching manhood to
continue the occupation, and in time acquired a 200-acre farm adjoining the
home place, where he has since made his residence. Thorough equipment for
the work enabled him to carry on the place to advantage, and each year he
branched out in his industry and added improvements to his farm, materially
increasing its value. After many years of fruitful industry he turned over
the management of this place to his son, and he has since lived in
Mr. Fergusson married Annie Dickey, who was born in Ayrshire, Scotland and
at the age of six years came with her parents to Canada, making the trip in
a six weeks voyage on a sailing-vessel. By this union there were four
children. Mr. Fergusson has been not only a leading agriculturist of his
township, but one of the most active men in municipal affairs as well, and
for several years he served as a member of the council, and was reeve of the
township. In the discharge of each duty he has shown himself both thorough
and conscientious, and he commands the highest esteem from all who know him.
John Fergusson was born in Beverly township, County of Wentworth, in 1860.
From his earliest years he evinced decided intellectual tastes, and upon
entering school made rapid progress in his studies. He pursued the higher
branches in Watertown high school and Hamilton Collegiate Institute and
then, deciding to study medicine, entered the College of Physicians and
Surgeons at Toronto, from which he graduated in 1885. Thoroughly well
equipped for a professional career, he immediately opened an office in Essex
and began the practice of medicine. A careful diagnosis of each case, and
conscientious attention to his patients, won him a large patronage from the
start, and for six years he continued his labors in that place, winning for
himself a high reputation in his profession. At the end of that period, in
July 1892, he purchased the residence and practice of Dr. Mitchell, a
physician of Tilbury, to which place he moved, establishing himself anew in
his profession, and there he has since continued. His able and faithful work
has each year added new laurels to his already well-established reputation,
and he is now considered one of the leading physicians in his locality. He
is a shrewd and careful financial manager, and has accumulated considerable
property in addition to his handsome residence on Queen street.
Dr. Fergusson was married in Embro, in 1889, to Mary B. Mackenzie, a woman
of culture and many winning social attributes, and of this union there have
been born two children, Archibald Mackenzie and Kathleen.
Dr. Fergusson wields a wide influence in his locality, reaching people in
all stations of life. As a strict member of the Presbyterian church he is
now serving as elder in that denomination. Keenly interested in the
promotion of education, he has long been a member of the board of education
and is at present acting as chairman of same. The Reform party, with which
he affiliates, has honoured him at times with many local political offices.
Fraternally he stands high, and, as a member of the A.F.&A.M., the I.O.O.F.,
the Foresters and the C.F., has served as examiner of the local lodges.
The Biter Bit!
And to finish... John Henderson copied me into an email with this wee
One fine Sunday an aetheist decided to go fishing on Loch Ness. He was
sitting there enjoying the peace and quiet, when all of a sudden there came
a boiling and bubbling beneath his boat, and with a roar Nessie surfaced and
flung the aetheist and his boat a couple of hundred feet in the air. As the
aethiest was going up he started to yell, " Oh God help me, oh please God
Just then the scene froze and a thundering voice came from above, "I though
you didn't believe in me!!" said God.
The aetheist said, "Oh for heaven's sake God, I didn't believe in the
monster either until a few minutes ago..".
God said "What do you want of me?".
The aetheist though for a minute and said with a grin, "Please make Nessie a
God thundered "Let it be so.".
The scene unfroze, the boat started falling down towards Nessie who clapped
its flippers together and said, "For what I am about to receive, may the
Lord make me truly thankful."
And that's all for now and hope you all have a good weekend, Canada Day and
4th of July :-)
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