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Robert Lamond provides an overview of the conditions that resulted in some 2900 Scots voluntarily emigrating during 1820 and 1821 to the Perth of Johnstown district of Upper Canada. As Agent and Secretary for the Committee who superintended the Emigration Societies, Lamond had first hand knowledge of the organisational work undertaken by the Glasgow Committee in securing and chartering good passage vessels, in conducting ship inspections, and in the efficient management of resources so much so that for later passages the emigrants received a small balance of cash upon arrival at Quebec.
The purpose of Lamond's narrative was to collect the fragmentary information bearing on Scottish emigration particularly from counties Lanark and Renfrew.
Barns evolved from the first log shanty barns of settlement, to the threshing barns of a grain economy, to the big timber-frame structures of the dairy economy. Photographs, farm histories and anecdotes paint a colourful picture of these indispensable structures -the heart of the farms and the backbone of agricultural communities.
Claudia Smith, popular Lanark County historian, has recorded the changes in farming with her particular talent for conveying the flavour of local customs and ways of life. The wealth of barn history to be found in the pioneer pocket that is Lanark County is preserved for generations to come.
This collection of documents was motivated by the apparent paucity of settlement archival documentation for the Second and Third Rideau military settlements at Richmond and Lanark, respectively. Author George Neville spent 2019 transcribing much of the collected documentation pertaining to the Lanark settlement, initiated in late summer of 1819 wit its major influx of British Government sponsored emigrants settled during 1820.
This little booklet is written because a very special person advised a young man to forego the business world and concentrate on singing. He became a happier man, and now music is his life.
Because she inspired me through a rare gift to a museum, to do research, and to 'rekindle the gift within me' of writing, I had neglected for many years.
Because there must be many others she has influenced, guided, and encouraged to do their best in their own fields of talent and endeavour.
Such an individual, in todays world of self-serving and competition, is very special indeed.
This therefore, is a tribute, written with love, to a wonderful lady, whom it is a privilege to call friend.
During the years 1976 and 1977, a series of photo features dealing with the history of Lanark County communities appeared in The Canadian, Carleton Place's weekly newspaper. The articles were well received, but there was one complaint from readers. "The pages are too big to fit into a scrapbook," several people said. "Why don't you put these features into a book?"
The idea took root, and this book is the result, but there were some problems along the way. What to include was a puzzle.
Some communities have so many historic buildings, beautifully preserved, that the original newspaper articles ran to two or three pages. Several communities did not appear in the series and so have not found a place in the book.
Our articles were never intended to be an authoritative history of the county. This was hardly possible when the articles were appearing almost weekly. They are simply an overview of historic Lanark, which we hope will inspire readers to go an see for themselves the communities we have described.
The entrepreneurs who promoted and built the Kingston and Pembroke Railway hoped for handsome profits from the railway, the mines and the lumber mills in the backwoods of Eastern Ontario. The people who lived beside the line, who affectionately called int eh Kick & Push, found that is opened up a wider world for them and they adopted the K & P as their own.
carol Bennett has recorded the saga of the K & P in this book. The trials and tribulations of the promoters, the hilarious experiences of the passengers, and the dedication with which the men of the line carried out their duties, are all remembered here.
The K & P has gone now, but this little railroad remains in the hearts and minds of many people.
The British Army created the Perth Military Settlement in 1816 as part of a plan to provide 'for the present defense and future protection of Upper Canada.' By 1822, when administration of the settlement was passed to the Colonial Office, more than 1,250 discharged soldiers with their families, as well as 700 civilian families, had been settled in the surrounding Townships of Bathurst, Drummond, Elmsley and Beckwith in what is now Lanark County, Ontario.
In Influence & Ambition: First Persons of Perth, local historian Ron W. Shaw challenges many of the accounts left by the Perth's 'First Historian,' Reverend William Bell. Through colourful biographies of Bell and seventeen other 'First Persons,' Shaw takes a fresh look at Perth's earliest history and the men who made it; many of whom went on to become Canada's leading pioneer legislators and business leaders.
This thoroughly researched book will entertain and inform anyone with an interest in the War of 1812, early settlement of Upper Canada, genealogy, or just the Town of Perth.
From the Author
The fence posts of the early settlers in the Ottawa Valley are of great interest of me, and I have never understood why, when survival was the game, anyone would go to the bother of making posts 'decorative' by turning them into various shapes on a lathe.
For decades, I have photographed them, around their homesteads and pastures, schools, cemeteries and churches, witnessing their inevitable demise. This collection then, represents a lifelong appreciation of rural ways, and discovering them, while 'reading the landscape,' riding and driving.
Our Past is Looming is a collection of stories told by local authors of the saga of the woollen industry and the Town of Almonte. For nearly 100 years from the last half of the 19th century to the first half of the 20th century Almonte became 'The Little Manchester' of North America, producing more woollen materials than any other location on the continent. Men like James Rosamond started a family dynasty that built the woollen industry here in Almonte where nearly half of the population worked in some capacity.
The town over the years has had nine different mills and factories. Then came the advent of synthetics and the woollen industry in Almonte collapsed. The Town of Almonte became a bedroom community for workers travelling to the City of Ottawa. Some of the factory buildings remain, having been turned into condominiums and business establishments.
This book was written because of repeated requests from Ramsay Township residents. Newcomers wished historical information as well as up to date services, amenities and personnel of the Township. Both interested and life long residents wished us to attempt to preserve the thoughts, stories and history of the area.
Many of the older residents were interviewed and these stories have been used as a basis for much of the content. The interviews have been written and will be preserved for future use. Only a few of the examples have been used in the book, with the hopes that you the reader will visualise and reflect the romantic and courageous lives that our ancestors portrayed. These reflections include home and family life, close ties with the church, self discipline and responsible attitudes in building what we have today. Our modest attempts to record and preserve the past, may someday be of value.
John Patrick Dunn was born in Almonte in 1919. Like his father, he had an early career as a teacher, firstly in the High School in Copper Cliff and then in the Almonte High School. He left teaching to join the federal public service in 1956 and worked in the federal capital until retirement in 1984. His retirement hobbies include tree farming and bee keeping, along with many civic endeavours, among them the public library, separate school, town council, parish council, historical society, and hospital to name a few.
Several stories of John's describing landmark events and features of local personalities have been published in local and district newspapers and in special interest periodicals in the last decade.
The tales in this first collection of 'The Doctor's House' convey a young lad's memories and sense of privilege to grow up in a house whose stones and mortar sheltered him and his brothers and sisters as well as served daily witness to the cycle of birth and death and the care and counsel which his father, the doctor, demonstrated to all who sought him out.
The stories in this book were collected by the North Lanark Historical Society over a two year period as part of the project to provide a suitable memorial to the victims of the Almonte Train Accident of 27 December, 1942. Two survivors of the wreck, John Dunn and Mervin Tosh, and their recollections of the event inspired us to gather other stories, some of which appear for the first time in this fifth edition.
The resulting collection of stories is obviously incomplete, but it does cover many aspects of the accident, including the experience of survivors, volunteers, railway workers, military personnel, and witnesses of the event.
Published by the Workers History Museum in collaboration with the North Lanark Historical Society, this DVD tells the story of the Almonte Train Accident of December 27th, 1942, performed by storytellers Donna Stewart and Ruth Stewart-Verger. It also features music by local artist Johnny Spinks, accompanied by Bradley Scott.
In 1820 and 1821 more than forty settlement societies from the Glasgow area of Scotland organised and managed the assisted emigration of a large number of Scottish families to the New Lanark Settlement in Lanark County, Upper Canada under the auspices of the British government. The immigrants were granted undeveloped land in the townships of Dalhousie, Lanark, North Sherbrooke, and Ramsay.
Many of the settlers were unemployed/underemployed weavers who suffered years of financial hardship as a result of Britain's faltering economy and the industrialisation of the textile industry in Glasgow following the Napoleonic War. Also included were a significant number of Scots with experience in other occupations.
The author describes the conditions that existed in Scotland two decades into the 19th century that pushed people to emigrate away from all that was familiar to them; the way in which the group emigration was organised and managed; and what the people found when they arrived in the ancient forests of present-day Eastern Ontario.
This publication is a transcript of the ships' lists of the Glasgow Emigration Society settlers that travelled to Quebec for settlement in Upper Canada on four ships in 1821 and does not include those who came to Upper Canada in 1820. As such, it is a partial list and represents approximately one half of the emigrants that came in two years (1820 and 1821).
The history begins in 1821 because that was when the first large group of settlers arrived in Ramsay Township. The people are the church. The historian should try to be objective and this requires the passage of time, at least five years, preferably much longer.
The Christian zeal and genuine sacrifice of our pioneer members in building a fine stone church in wilderness and, within thirty years, building a new and larger church in town are worthy of our deepest gratitude. At the same time, it would be dishonest to suggest that all past members were pious saints.
They were much like ourselves, mixed in their motives and goals,
keeping on eye on heaven and the other on the cash box, but
hoping to somehow serve God.
Gossip is the civilised version of grooming each other for fleas. You can stop gossip with a simple, 'That's none of my business,' but why would you? Somewhere in our deep past we remember when cavemen gossiped over a recent kill, memorialising the one who didn't hold up his end of the hunt. Stories begun by gossip are a significant channel of informal communication with something like 70% accuracy.
The stories gathered here in Tilting the Kilt began life within 10 miles of Carleton Place. Linda guesses that makes them close to 50% accurate. Gossip-born stories, sharing a standard currency of human connection, will make you smile, then you can pass them along, adding your own layers to make them even more spectacular.
$60 for both
The North Lanark Historical Society set up its first military display dedicated to local soldiers form the First World War in November 2010, collaborating with the Almonte Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion to research the men listed on the local cenotaph.
In 2012, the decision was made to continue the research which had begun in 2010, and commemorate the fallen heroes of Mississippi Mills in the First World War. A total of 100 people were discovered, and the first book, The Lost Generation of Mississippi Mills was published in the year of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of The Great War
In this midst of this research, it was astounding to discover how many of Mississippi Mill's soldiers were valour award recipients, and who's stories were completely unknown. A second publication titled Forgotten Heroes was soon published, recognising the heroic actions taken by men and women who served in the First World War.