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Leslie Log House

William and Sue Leslie of Orillia attended the opening of the Leslie Log House, Museum in Mississauga on May 14. William, Commissioner for Clan Leslie in North America, presented an award from the Clan Leslie Society International.


The Dedication of the Leslie Log house in Mississauga went well, in spite of the constant downpour. Someone said that it was Scottish weather; I corrected them that it was spring weather in Ontario, and April showers (in May this year) bring May flowers. The log house was moved about 6 miles from its original location into a very stylish residential area. A little bird told me that it cost about half a million dollars to move it and rebuild it to modern building requirements while saving the original logs, floors and windows and doors.

The event was attended by City of Mississauga officials and those most responsible for initiating and completing the project. Anne Byard and her husband Malcolm, President of the Streetsville Historical Society, deserve a Iot of credit for saving the Log House and initiating the project.

Harold Leslie of Didsbury, Alberta and his wife Val and many Leslie descendants from the Streetsville Leslies were there. I met and talked to many of the people associated with The Leslie Log House. It is now a part of the Mississauga Museum and has full time staff. It has a climate controlled storage room for some of their valuable old documents, including the original deed for the Leslie property and all of Harold Leslie’s wealth of research. Harold Leslie has spent years and countless hours on his family research, in Ontario and in the family homelands in Sutherlandshire in Scotland. The Log House now has the entire history of this Leslie family back to their beginning in Scotland thanks to Harold and Val. John and Esther Leslie and their seven sons arrived by sailing ship, river boat, canal boat and ox cart in 1824. One of those sons, George Leslie became famous in Toronto as a Tree Nursery operator, a City Councillor and influenced his friend Alexander Muir to write the “Maple Leaf Forever” which became Canada’s unofficial national anthem in 1867.

The Clan Leslie Society International which has a program of recognizing organizations that protect and preserve Leslie historical sites and raise awareness of the Leslie family name and history, presented the Bennachie Award.

The plaque, designed by Laura Messing of the CLSI Council, was presented by William Leslie, Commissioner of Clan Leslie, North America. It was well received by the politicians and the many people responsible for completing the Leslie Log House. The plaque will be placed over the mantle of the rebuilt fireplace. They were all very grateful and were interested in the fact that this award has been presented to only two Leslie Castles in Scotland and one in Ireland and now to their Leslie Log House.

Joanne Doucette from Leslieville in Toronto who has written articles for our Grip Fast about George Leslie, one of the sons of the Leslies of Streetsville, was also there. Joanne has just finished her book, after 12 years of research, on the history of Leslieville. It includes the history of George Leslie of Toronto. A copy of Joanne’s book, Pigs, Flowers and Bricks, A History of Leslieville to 1920, will be sent to the Clan Leslie Collection at the University of Guelph Library.

William Leslie, Commissioner, Clan Leslie, North America



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