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15th August 2008

Alastair McIntyreElectric Scotland's Weekly Email Newsletter

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Dear Friend

It's your Electric Scotland newsletter meaning the weekend is nearly here :-)

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The Flag in the Wind
The Scottish Nation
Clan and Family Information
Poetry and Stories
New Statistical Account of Scotland (1845)
Book of Scottish Story
A History of the Scotch Poor Law
Scottish Gardens
The Life of John Duncan
History of Glasgow
History of Banking in Scotland (New Book)
25 years of Village Cricket
Fallbrook Farm
Kinlochbervie (New Book)
Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Kent, Ontario
Settlers Dedication in Winnipeg

I got a few comments back from my article last week and a few agreed and a couple didn't and one wanted to be removed from our list. Such is the life of a newsletter editor :-)

This week I've been told about an article on "The Scotland Funds" by Neil Fraser...

Published Date: 10 August 2008
By Eddie Barnes
Political Editor
A SCHEME to raise millions of pounds for good causes from wealthy members of the Scottish Diaspora has collapsed amid bitter claims of a lack of Government support and allegations of incompetent management.

The Scotland Funds was created three years ago with the aim of tapping into the goodwill of the millions of Americans who claim Scottish descent.

Money raised would have been handed over to projects in Scotland, but it folded last week, having raised nothing.

The full article can be read at

Another article from the Mail on Sunday sent to me by Ranald McIntyre...

SCOTLAND'S tourist industry is facing an economic crisis as new figures reveal the market has barely grown in ten years.

Growth in the hotel and catering market has been stagnant since 1998, while the industry in England has boomed.

Figures compiled by Glasgow and Strathclyde University economists at the Centre For Public Policy for Regions (CPPR) show Scotland is being outstripped by its southern neighbour, where growth has increased by nearly 40 per cent in the past decade.

The statistics will make grim reading for the Visit Scotland's national tourist agency, which has thrown millions of pounds at schemes to attract people to stay in Scotland's hotels and eat in the country's restaurants.

The poor level of financial growth. (less than 3 per cent.) is revealed through an analysis of the Scottish Executive's own statistics and casts doubt on VisitScotland's goal of increasing turnover from £4.1 billion to £6.2 billion by 2015.

The figures also undermine the Executive's objective of matching the UK's level of overall growth by 2011.

The full article can be read at

All of this news came in since I did the article.

You can't help but wonder how GlobalScot is doing as you can tell absolutely nothing from their web site. It's a very hush hush operation.

It looks to me that the SNP are doing a great job of governing in Scotland and making real progress domestically. In my view however they still have no real plan to build International links or make contact with the Scots Diaspora around the world in any meaningful way. Anyway.., enough of this for a while at least :-)


I did in fact go to the Fergus Highland Games on Saturday and got so drookit that I had to leave early. I got absolutely soaked with a massive downpour and thunder and lightning storm. And so not much to report I'm afraid.


The Illinois St. Andrews Society hosts the Scottish North American Leadership Conference to serve as an educational forum bringing together the leadership of the Scottish community to share views, ideas, experiences and best practice.

I've been asked to give a talk at this Conference (24-26 October 2008) which I've agreed to do. I believe it's to be in Chicago so if you're around might see you there.

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 or on our site menu.

This weeks Flag is compiled by Richard Thomson in which he tells us that the SNP now have a 19% lead over Labour.

In Peter's cultural section he hasn't done his usual Scottish Traditions section so I'll give you his Scottish Dates for this week...

15 August 1540
The foundation stone of the Scott Monument, Princes Street, Edinburgh, was laid. The monument, in honour of Sir Walter Scott, cost £15,650 and was designed by George Meikle Kemp.

15 August 1920
A surrendered German torpedo-boat broke its moorings and badly damaged the rail bridge over the River Forth at Alloa.

15 August 2007
Jack McConnell, the former First Minister of Scotland, resigned as the leader of the Scottish Labour MSPs. He continued as MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw but announced plans to take up a new position as British High Commissioner for Malawi in 2011.

15 August 2007
Angela Kelly, East Kilbride, received a cheque for £35,400,000 after winning the Euro Millions Lottery, making her Scotland’s biggest-ever lottery jackpot winner.

16 August 1745
Prior to the raising of the Jacobite banner at Glenfinnan the first military engagement of the 1745 Jacobite Rising took place when Donald MacDonell of Tirnadris, with eleven men and a piper from Keppoch’s clan, prevented two companies of the 1st Royal Regiment of Foot (later the Royal Scots) from crossing the High Bridge over the River Spean. The Hanoverian force consisting of some 85 men had been sent from Fort Augustus to reinforce the garrison at Fort William.

16 August 2006
Scots tennis sensation Andrew Murray clinched the biggest win of his career against world number one Roger Federer, Switzerland, in the Cincinnati Masters. The young Scot inflicted Federer’s only second defeat in 2006, winning in straight sets 7-5, 6-4. In their only previous meeting Federer defeated Murray in his first APT final in Bangkok in October 2005.

16 August 2007
Electoral history was made when voting took place in Scotland’s first council by-election under a proportional representation system in Aberdeen’s Midstocket-Rosemount ward following the death of Conservative councillor John Porter. The by-election was won by Scottish National Party candidate John Corall.

17 August 1648
The Scottish Army of the Engagement and English Royalists, under the Duke of Hamilton, were defeated at the Battle of Preston by Oliver Cromwell’s parliamentary forces in the major battle of the Second English Civil War.

18 August 1957
J Norman Barclay, Helensburgh, became the first man to cross the Irish Sea on water-skis - the journey took him one hour and 20 minutes.

21 August 2007
Wendy Alexander was the sole-nominee to replace Jack McConnell as the leader of the Scottish Labour MSPs.

You can read the Flag, listen to the Scots Language, enjoy the Scots Wit and lots more at

Christina McKelvie MSP's weekly diary for this week can be viewed at

The Scottish Nation
My thanks to Lora for transcribing these volumes for us.

We're now onto the S's with Scot, Scott, Scougal, Scrimgeour, and Seafield.

A very substantial account of Scott this week which starts...

SCOTT, originally Scot, a surname conjectured to have been at first assumed by, or conferred on, a native of Scotland, and afterwards adopted as a surname, when surnames became in use. Uchtredus filius Scoti, that is, Uchtred, the son of a Scot, is witness to an inquisition respecting possessions of the church of Glasgow in the reign of Alexander I. (1107-1124); also to the foundation charter of the abbey of Holyrood by David I. in 1128, as is also Herbert Scot, and to that of the abbacy of Selkirk in 1130. He was called Uchtredus filius Scoti, to distinguish him from others of the same Christian name, probably Saxons or Normans. His son, Richard, called Richard le Scot, is witness to a charter of Robert, bishop of St. Andrews, founder of the priory of that place, who died in 1158. Others bearing this surname, living in that and the following century, are mentioned by Douglas and Nisbet as occurring in old charters. John Scott was bishop of Dunkeld from 1200 to 1203, and Matthew Scott, bishop of Dunkeld, held the office of chancellor of Scotland from 1227 to 1231.

The above-mentioned Richard le Scot is said to have had two sons, Richard, whose name appears in the Ragman Roll as Richard le Scot de Murthockston, and Michael. The former was ancestor of the Scotts of Murdockstone, of whom came the Buccleuch family, and the latter was progenitor of the Scotts of Balwearie in Fifeshire, now represented by the Scotts of Ancrum, baronets.

The younger son, Sir Michael Scott, was possessed of a considerable estate in Fifeshire in the reign of William the Lion. From the chartulary of Dunfermline, it is ascertained that he married Margaret, daughter of Duncan Syras of Syras, and obtained with her the lands of Ceres. He had a son, Duncan, who succeeded him and who had two sons, the younger of whom was named Gilbert. The elder son, Sir Michael Scott, was knighted by Alexander II., and was one of the assize upon a perambulation of the marches between the monastery of Dunfermline and the lands of Dundaff in 1231. By his wife, Margaret, daughter and sole heiress of Sir Richard Balwearie of Balwearie, he got that estate in the parish of Abbotshall. He had a son, Sir Michael Scott of Balwearie and Scotscraig, the famous wizard, of whom a memoir is given below. In the Ragman Roll is the name of Michael Scott, one of the Scottish barons who swore fealty to Edward I. of England in 1296, said to have been this learned personage. He had two sons: Sir Henry, and Duncan Scott, proprietor of lands in Forfarshire, and progenitor of the Scotts in the North.

You can read the rest of this account at

You can read these entries at

Clan and Family Information
The Clan Munro of Australia Newsletter for August 2008 is available at

Poetry and Stories
Another poem from John Henderson called "Gargunnock Cricket (1983-2008)" which you can read at

Margo has also sent in another Ian and Mac story at

We also have some new poems and articles from Donna, Alastair and others in our Article Service at

New Statistical Account of Scotland (1845)
The first volume I am dealing with is the one on Aberdeenshire. There are some 85 parishes in this volume and a write up on each.

This week have added...

Parish of Logie-Coldstone

I might add here that I am currently working on a book called "Cromar and Canada" which is a story of the Farquharson, Stewart, Maitland and Fletcher folk that were all resident in this Parish but later emigrated to Canada. In that book is a considerable account of this Parish.

The account starts...

The parish of Logie-Coldstone is principally situated in Cromar, a district of Aberdeenshire comprehending part of five parishes, and forming an extensive amphitheatre amid that range of mountains and hills which runs between the rivers Dee and Don for a considerable part of their course.

At some remote period, a great portion of this district seems evidently to have been the site of a large lake or chain of lakes (two of which still subsist), fed by several rivulets, which now wend their way sluggishly through it, occasionally inundating the lower grounds to some extent, when swollen by much rain, or by the sudden dissolution of the snow, which falls abundantly on the surrounding hills during the winter. Since this evanished lake burst the barrier which confined it on the south, several tumuli or mounds have been formed in different places of its site, by the drifting of the finer particles of sand which covered its bottom, while the flat ground around them consists generally of coarser gravelly deposits, interspersed with patches of peat-bog.

You can read this account at

On the index page of this volume you can see a list of the 85 parishes and also a map at 

Book of Scottish Story
Our thanks to John Henderson for sending this in for us.

This week have added...

The Miller of Doune: a Traveller's Tale

This week we have up Chapter 4 of this tale and here is how it starts...

An’ now the folk set aff for their ain hames, an’ the miller and his family crackit wi’ their neebours till they parted at the road that led to the mill; and then nane o’ them said onything, for they were a’ busy wi' their ain thoughts; an’ when the miller gaed into the kitchen, the robin chirped and chirped, for he aye fed it, an’ it was glad to see him.

The miller gets some seed in his hand, an’ as he’s feeding the robin, his heart begins to swell, an’ his ee to fill, an` he says, "Bairns, wha wad hae thought it; I say," clearing his throat, "wha wad hae thought it, bairns, that sae muckle gude wad hae fa’en to oor lot, an’ a’ coming out o’ saving the life o’ a bit burdie ?"

"An’ wha kens, father,” said Jeanie, "but ye may be now rewarded for a’ the gude that grandfather Thomas did, an’ about which ye hae often tell’t us ? For ye ken there’s a promise to that effect in the Bible, an’ as the Bible canna lie, I ken wha’ll hae a gude chance too."

"Ye’re right, Jeanie," quoth the miller, "ye’re very right ; and gie me doun the Bible, and l’se read it to you.”

Just as it was dune, the door flees open, an’ in comes Geordie Wilson, clean out o' breath wi’ running.

"What’s the matter now, man?” says William.

"I’m sure it’s something gude," says James; "I ken by his ee.”

"Ou aye, ou aye," cries Geordie, "grand news! grand news!" an’ he gaspit for breath.

"Tak a wee thought tirne," says James; "and now tell us."

You can read the rest of this at

The other stories can be read at

A History of the Scotch Poor Law
By Sir George Nicholls, K .C. B. (1856)

We have now completed this book as there were few chapter although each was quite large. Here is a bit from one of the chapters...

THE chief characteristic of Scottish Poor Law administration, as contrasted with that of England, is the pertinacity with which all claim to relief on behalf of the able-bodied poor has been resisted. The General Assembly in their Report of 1839 however, admit "that the situation of people destitute of employment was not to be overlooked, and that many cases might occur in which men of this class ought to obtain temporary relief in times of occasional sickness or unusual calamity, although not as a matter of right." With this view, it is said, a certain proportion of the church collections has from an early period been placed at the disposal of the kirk sessions, "in order that they, at their discretion, may be enabled to afford assistance for a time to such industrious persons within their bounds as should happen, owing to temporary sickness, or to a casual failure of work, to be in difficulty and straits:" This arrangement rested for a long time on usage only, but was at length sanctioned by the proclamation of 1693, afterwards ratified by parliament, "by which one-half of the church collections was left to the disposal of the kirk sessions, for the purpose in part as has since been held, of being so applied." Such, it is further said, "are the rules of the law of Scotland on this subject--such the origin and foundation of the distinction between those who are called the `ordinary' and those who are denominated occasional' poor. The latter receive temporary assistance only from the charity of the parish, bestowed at the discretion of the kirk session, during the pressure of want. Of the former a roll is made up, in terms of the Act of 1579 and subsequent statutes, and altered at stated periods according to circumstances by the kirk session in each parish, and such of the heritors as may act with them. The poor whose names are thus en- rolled, are entitled to periodical allowances permanently and as a matter of legal right."

You can read the rest of this at

Scottish Gardens
By the Right Hon. Sir Herbert Maxwell

We've now started getting up chapters on individual gardens and this week have added...

Balcarres, Fife
Carnock, Stirlingshire
Kelburne Castle, Ayrshire
Culzean, Ayrshire
Leckie, Stirlingshire
Dalzell Castle, Lanarkshire
Barncluith, Lanarkshire

Here is how the account starts on Kelburne Castle, Ayrshire...

N all the west no fairer prospect can be had than is commanded by one standing above the pretty little watering place of Fairlie on the Firth of Clyde. I have studied it at all seasons and in all moods of weather: beshrew me if I can tell which becomes it best—a clear winter day, when the fantastic fairyland of Arran gleams snow-clad beyond the blue-waters in almost unreal splendour —a summer morning, when the sea lies pearly calm and the eastern rays reveal every glen and corrie, every shattered peak and shadowed cliff in the brotherhood of Goat Fell,—or again in September, when that outline whereof the eye never wearies is cast in purple, clear-cut silhouette against the saffron west, while the dusky isles of Cumbrae and Bute fill in the quiet middle distance. In all its aspects it is a perfect landscape, and although the lord who built his tower in the sixteenth century on the brink of Kelburne Glen, may have had in view strategic rather than aesthetic considerations, it happened here, as it has happened in many another instance, that both purposes were best secured on the same site.

The central tower of Kelburne Castle is dated 1581. It may have been built—probably was soon the site of an earlier keep—but it was not many years old when Timothy Pont, to whom we owe such an intimate knowledge of Scottish topography before the union of the Crowns, described it in the following words." Kelburne Castell, a goodly building veill planted, hauing werey beutiful orchards and gardens and in one of them a spatious Rome adorned with a chrystalin fontane cutte all out of the living rocke. It belongs heretably to Johne Boll [Boyle] Laird thereof."

You can read the rest of this chapter at

You can read the rest of the chapters at

The Life of John Duncan
Scotch Weaver and Botanist with Sketches of his Friends and Notices of the Times
By William Jolly (1883)

Have now added more chapters from this book...

Chapter XV - Their First Botanical Studies
Charles's first impressions of John; their friendship; John begins Scientific Botany; his first gatherings: their self-denying enthusiasm; their wider excursions; Benachie and its plants; "the winter of the big storm" of 1837-38; their peripatetic philosophising at the gates of Whitehouse; John's midnight walk of thirty miles to the Loch of Skene; the happiness of their joint studies. 1836-1838.

Chapter XVI - Difficulties, Dumps and Dimples in their Joint Studies
Difficulties in deciphering plants; the Grass of Parnassus made out; their want of text-books; their studies in the inn at Mayfield; Hooker's Flora and its history; "Flora" and "Bacchus": opposition in the kitchen at Whitehouse; the irritable housekeeper; her persecution of the botanists Charles's hilarity and tricksiness with John; John's boots and bonnet stolen; debates and bumps; high jinks and games; John's Jew's-harp; their friendship and intimacy. 1836-1838.

Chapter XVII - John's early Experiences in his own Botanical Rambles
Botany becomes a passion; his explorations on the Don; his enthusiasm the astonishment of his neighbours: finds the Bladderwort in Tillyfourie Moss; does not want a better road; "the man maun be daft!": the Water-lily in the Loch of Drum; John nearly drowned; he wins the plant; its after history: finds the Royal Fern and the Moonwort: his ardour and endurance; often out all night; his Spartan fare; his walking powers; trespassing and gamekeepers; the "Scotchlarchia Joseph's ear!" and bucolic stupidity and contempt. 1836-1840.

Chapter XVIII - Further Intercourse with Charles Black
Charles marries and removes to Edinburgh; John visits him there; in the Botanic Gardens; his "thief-like" examination of the plants there; fishes for the "Water-soldier" in Duddingston Loch; the sights of Edinburgh he visited; evenings with his friends there: the Blacks return to Whitehouse; Charles's great herbarium arranged; their curious mode of doing it; the history of the herbarium the Blacks remove to Aberdeen; Charles Black and Thomas Edwards, the Scotch naturalist, meet; John's visits to Charles there. 1838-1846.

Chapter XIX - Other Friends of the Weaver at Netherton
His friends few but fit—Forbes the schoolmaster; merry times at Coulterneuk: James Black, Charles's brother; becomes John's companion; his impressions of John then: Willie Beveridge of the Craigh; becomes great friend of John's; John at the Craigh; John puzzled for once; Beveridge's after successes and present position : James Barclay, the painter; his relations to John; becomes a Jack-of-all-trades: other friends; the intelligence then existing in Tough. 1836-1849.

Chapter XX - Ecclesiastical Movements in the Country; and John's Religion
Constitutionally and enthusiastically religious; his religion of the old Covenanting type; intense hater of prelacy and Popery; his contrast to Charles Black and discussions between them; anti-patronage and anti-Erastian advocate: the Disruption; John's advocacy of it; controversies at Netherton; relation of Aberdeenshire to the Free Church; the Free Church in the Vale of Alford; new religious zeal roused; John's keen activity; John in church; remains a staunch Free Churchman: his study of Theology; his opinions of the great Reformers. 1836-1881.

Chapter XXI - His Botanical Wanderings in the South
John's harvesting a means of wide Botanising; extent of his wanderings; his adventures and observations; visits Glasgow, Paisley, Dunfermline, Dundee—the Rest Harrow—Perth, Arbroath, Montrose, St. Andrews—Viper's bugloss—Fife, Kelso, Coldstream, Northumberland and its burr; his returns homewards; his wages and their payment: John at Dunbog in Fife; his botanical assistants there; long walks and flowers: his expenses; a god-send to his entertainers: comes to a breadless Highland hut; food produced in an hour; the "quern" and Biblical hospitality: spinning of linen by the distaff; the use of the bare thigh!; its relation to modesty: his encounter with two tramps in Fife; falls among Highland "tinklers"; their honesty and hospitality. 1836-1864.

These can all be viewed at

The History of Glasgow
By Robert Renwick LL.D. and Sir John Lindsay L.D. in 3 volumes (1921)

We are now making progress with these volumes and this week we have up...

Chapter VIII
Landed Possessions of the Church

Chapter IX
Building of Cathedral and Early Dedications

Chapter X
Bishop Herbert—Cathedral Organization—Somerled's Invasion

Chapter XI
Episcopate of Bishop Ingelram—Barony Courts—Erection of Burghs—Rutherglen

Chapter XII
Bishop Joceline—Additional Lands—Condition of Serfdom

Chapter XIII
Establishment of the Burgh of Glasgow

Chapter XIV
Early Streets and Buildings—Possessions of Religious Houses

And here is a bit from Chapter XIV... I might add that I was born in Rottenrow Hospital :-)

By general assent Rottenrow is regarded as the oldest street in Glasgow, and the opinion that it occupied the line of a Roman highway may also be accepted as sound. The Roman road from the south, through Clydesdale, approached Rottenrow by the street, which having crossed the Molendinar Burn by a bridge was, in contrast to other lanes which led to fords, named Drygait, or in its Latinised form, Via Arida.

The precise route of the Roman road westward, after leaving Rottenrow, is not definitely known, but that it passed through Partick is probable, both on account of its destination being in that direction and from the fact that the westward continuation of Rottenrow is called in early title deeds the way which led to "Partwich." [Lib. Coll. etc. p. 258.]

This Partick road must either have crossed, or, for a short distance northward, joined the track long known as the Cow Lone, and in modern times called Queen Street, with its continuations of Buchanan Street and Garscube Road. The cattle which daily left the town and took their way along this old track reached the outskirts of their destination at Cowcaddens, [In the earliest preserved report on perambulation of the town's marches (i June 1574), the Cow Lone is called "the passage that passis to the quarrell and muir and the commone pasturis " (Glasgow Rec. i. p. 13).

A short distance north of Rottenrow the road divided Little Cowcaddens on the east from Meikle Cowcaddens on the west. These lands were in the possession of the Bishop's rentallers, and being described as a 6s. 8d. land and a 13s. 4d. land respectively, may be regarded as together extending to about 52 acres. Little Cowcaddens, separated from the Subdean's lands of Provanside by Glasgow burn, on the south, had the rentalled lands of Broomhill on the north.

Mieikle Cowcaddens had the parson of Erskine's lands of Blythswood on the south, the boundary being somewhat on the line of the present Sauchiehall Street, and the rentalled lands of Woodside on the west. On the north were Summerhill and Wester Common, belonging to the community, and embracing the quarries and pasture land to which the burgesses had access by the Cow Lone and its continuation. Philologists are divided in opinion as to the origin of the name Cowcaddens, which appears in the Bishops' Rental book as "Kowcawdennis" in 1510, "Cowcaldens" in 1552, and elsewhere in varying forms.

Available information seems too scant for arriving at a satisfactory definition.] adjoining which, on the north, was the Summerhill, where one of the burgh's open-air courts was annually held. Here the magistrates and community were wont to assemble on the first day of a week about the middle of June, and to pass resolutions on their common affairs, while the more active exercise of "wapinschawing" was sometimes combined with the day's proceedings.

At the east end of Rottenrow, where it joined the Drygait, these streets were intersected by the roadway leading northward to the cathedral and beyond, and southward to the market cross. To the north there were probably several buildings occupied by churchmen and their dependents, but towards the south, where sufficient open space was left for accommodating the Black and Grey Friars when these bodies were planted in Glasgow, the built area must for a long time have been small in extent. South of the market cross was the Walkergait (an early name for the present Saltmarket Street): it was obviously so called from its being regularly traversed by the weavers and other workers in cloth who frequented the Waulk Mill, which derived its water power either from Camlachie Burn or Molendinar Burn, or from both combined, below the point of their confluence. At the foot of Walkergait the Bridgegait turned off to the crossing over the River Clyde which led to the old village of Gorbals.

You can read the rest of this chapter at

The index page of the book is at

History of Banking in Scotland
By Andrew William Kerr (1908)

It is a commonplace that Scotland was the second industrial nation achieving its industrial revolution hard on the heels of England and adopting much English technology and expertise to push forward its industrial development. What is not so clearly appreciated is that Scotland was the first modern banking nation and that many of the structures and techniques of banking were developed in Scotland during the industrial revolution and subsequently adopted in England, and indeed, in many other parts of the world.

This book will thus guide you through the Scottish banking history and at the conclusion of the book we'll be posting up a handbook of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland. They have allowed us to post this handbook onto the site which will bring us more up to date on banking developments.

I might add that it is very refreshing to find a Scottish organisation that is willing to work with us to add quality content to the site. This is most rare!

You can read the book at

Village Cricket
By John Henderson

John is sending in a 5 part account of "25 years of Village Cricket, 1983-2008, in Gargunnock, Stirling, Scotland" in pdf format. We now have up Part 4 which you can read at

Fallbrook Farm
You might remember this conservation project to preserve an old farm that Scots settlers built in Ontario, Canada. I have received another update on their work which you can read at

Being the story and traditions of a remote Highland parish and its people
By Alexander MacRae

This is a short book and so completed this week. Here is what the Forword has to say...

THIS little book has been prepared at the request of some young people who wish to preserve the traditions and to promote the welfare of their parish. Their generous public spirit has helped to put it within the reach of all.

Several recent events have suggested its publication and seem to make its appearance timely. The passing of the parish as the unit of civil administration has provided the parochial historian with his opportunity. The union of the churches holds the promise of unifying the religious and social life of the community. The change in the proprietorship of the parish has prompted reflection and awakened hope. Natives, who are dispersed throughout the world, and whose hearts are bound to the old home by tender spiritual ties, rejoice to rehearse the tales of their grandfathers and to hear of the doings and of the dreams of youth.

To tell the truth,
For such as take to scorning
The friends of their youth
And the places they were born in,
I have something,
That, like the light of morning,
Sweeps such vapours of the night,
Though dense they lie,
Clean off my sky.
He that forgets
The hand that rocked his cradle,
And filled life's plate
From love's o'er-flowing ladle,
That forgets those
Who, in the shelter of the gable,
Played marbles with him,
When he was young,
Let him be hung!

A. M.

You can read the entire book at

Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Kent, Ontario.
Thanks to Nola Crewe for sending us in more of these accounts.

Dunlop, James McDonald at

Settlers Dedication in Winnipeg
Got in an article about this dedication which will take place in September 2008 which you can read at

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