Early Settlement and History
Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893
December 25, 2020:
The Mill of Kintail
Picture Source: Lanark Legacy: Nineteenth Century Glimpses of an Ontario County,
by Howard Morton Brown and Glenn J. Lockwood, 1984, ISBN 0-9690289-2-X, page 129.
Originally Baird's Mill, built by John Baird in 1830.
December 10, 2008:
Ramsay Township is part of Lanark County in Eastern Ontario, just west of the City of Ottawa.
The first organized settlement occurred during 1820 when many families of Scottish Lowlanders, (many weavers), from the Glasgow / Renfrewshire /
Lanarkshire / Paisley areas were organized into "Emigration Societies" and came to Lanark County.
February 25, 2013:
The Birch Bark canoe was the best means of transportation in most parts of what is now Canada. Rivers and lakes were predominent
in the Pre-Cambrian Shield areas of Ontario and Quebec. While many farm families built flat-bottomed row boats, these boats were
not as light and nimble as the canoe. This is another example of Euro-Canadians making use of practical Indigenous technology.
For details, see Birchbark Canoe by David Gidmark.
A Birch Bark Canoe, likely made by members of the Algonquin Nation.
R. Tait McKenzie at the Mill of Kintail Museum
Source: Ramsay Reflections, 1836-1979, Ramsay Township Council, no ISBN, page 44.
March 31, 2013:
See a general history of Birch Bark canoes in the Ottawa and Gatineau Valleys.
The second major settlement in the township came in an organized emigration of mostly Irish Roman Catholics from the County Cork area of Ireland.
The names of these settlers, who arrived in 1823 are listed at our Peter Robinson Emigration page.
The major urban centres in the Township are Almonte and Carleton Place.
Other sites of historical interest are the Mississippi River, the Indian River, Clayton Village, and the textile manufacturing villages of
Blakeney, Appleton and Rosebank.
Source for map (above) and list of names (below): McGill University Digital Atlas Project
Last Name First Name County Township Town Occupation Birthplace
Armstrong Charles Lanark Ramsay Farmer Fermanagh Co., Ireland
Baird Andrew Lanark Ramsay Farmer Lanark Tp.,Lanark Co., Canada
Banning Ozias Lanark Ramsay Clayton Postmaster of Clayton L'Orginal, Ontario, Canada
for 17 years
Barker James Lanark Ramsay Farmer Ramsay Tp., Canada
Black James Lanark Ramsay Farmer, Deputy Reeve of Ramsay Tp. Glasgow, Scotland
Bond J.H. Lanark Ramsay Almonte Tinsmith Lanark Co., Canada
Bowland John Lanark Ramsay Farmer Wicklow Co., Ireland
Brill Benjamin Lanark Ramsay Almonte Baker Hull, Quebec, Canada
Campbell Duncan Lanark Ramsay Almonte Tailor Scotland
Cannon W.J. Lanark Ramsay
Cleland John W. Lanark Ramsay Clayton School Teacher Lanarkshire, Scotland
Cochran Andrew Lanark Ramsay Farmer; Stock Raiser Scotland
Code John Lanark Ramsay Farmer Lanark Co., Canada
Coffey John F. Lanark Ramsay Almonte Roman Catholic Priest Ottawa, Canada
Cornett Robert Lanark Ramsay Builder Ireland
Coulter Thomas Lanark Ramsay Almonte Clerk of Town and Township Ramsay Tp., Canada
Cram Henry W. Lanark Ramsay Farmer; Brickmaker Beckwith Tp., Canada
Devitt Alfred Lanark Ramsay Almonte Teacher, Ramsay Tp. London, England
Dowdall P.C. Lanark Ramsay Almonte Chemist and Druggist Lanark Co., Canada
Dowling Edward Lanark Ramsay Farmer Cork Co., Ireland
Drummond Daniel Lanark Ramsay Miller, Clayton; Reeve in Ramsay Tp. Ramsay Tp., Canada
Drummond Daniel Lanark Ramsay Farmer Perthshire, Scotland
Drummond Peter Lanark Ramsay Farmer; ex-Councillor Perthshire, Scotland
Duncan James Lanark Ramsay Farmer Ramsay Tp., Canada
Duncan Robert Lanark Ramsay Farmer Paisley, Scotland
Dunlop George Lanark Ramsay Farmer Lanark Co., Canada
Foley Michael Lanark Ramsay Farmer Carlow Co., Ireland
Fumerton Archibald W. Lanark Ramsay Appleton General Merchant; Hotel Proprietor Ramsay Tp., Canada
Fumerton Robert A. Lanark Ramsay Farmer Ramsay Tp., Canada
Galbraith Daniel Lanark Ramsay Almonte Member of Parliament Glasgow, Scotland
Gemmill James D. Lanark Ramsay Almonte Retired Merchant; Major of Militia Lanark Co., Canada
Gilmour John Lanark Ramsay Almonte Butcher Lanark Co., Canada
Gilmour William Lanark Ramsay Farmer Scotland
Hall F.A. Lanark Ramsay Barrister-at-law, High Scool Trustee, Perth Co., Ontario, Canada
Hart Thomas Lanark Ramsay Farmer Ramsay Tp., Canada
Hayden Robert W. Lanark Ramsay Almonte Tailor England
Holliday Frank Lanark Ramsay Almonte Druggist Lanark Co., Canada
Houston Joseph Lanark Ramsay Farmer Lanark Co., Canada
Kirkland Angus Lanark Ramsay Almonte Manager, Bank of Montreal, Almonte
Kitson William Lanark Ramsay
Lang John Lanark Ramsay Farmer Ramsay Tp., Canada
Lawson Walter Lanark Ramsay Almonte Livery and Sales Stable; Canada
Lynch D.P. Lanark Ramsay Almonte Physician and Surgeon Allumette, Quebec, Can
MacPherson Dougald Lanark Ramsay Farmer Lanark Co., Canada
Marshall Robert Lanark Ramsay Farmer; School Trustee Lanark Co., Canada
McCrary Joseph Lanark Ramsay Farmer Ireland
McDermott John Lanark Ramsay Farmer Lanark Co., Canada
McDougall Peter Lanark Ramsay Blackeney Woollen Manufacturer, Perthshire, Scotland
Rose Bank Mills; Postmaster, Blackeney
McEwan William Lanark Ramsay Farmer Lanark Co., Canada
McFarlane David Lanark Ramsay Farmer Glasgow, Scotland
McIntosh John Lanark Ramsay Farmer Perthshire, Scotland
McPhail Donald Lanark Ramsay Farmer Argyleshire, Scotland
Menzies John Lanark Ramsay Almonte Registrar, North Riding of Lanark Scotland
Menzies John Lanark Ramsay Almonte Registrar, North Riding of Lanark Scotland
Metcalf James Lanark Ramsay Farmer Renfrew Co., Ontario, Canada
Metcalf William Lanark Ramsay
Miller Duncan Lanark Ramsay Appleton Carriage Manufacturer Lanark Co., Canada
Mostyn William Lanark Ramsay Almonte Physician and Surgeon Ireland
Naismith Peter Lanark Ramsay Farmer Lanarkshire, Scotland
Neilson James Lanark Ramsay Farmer Paisley, Scotland
Patterson Henry Lanark Ramsay Almonte Chief Constable, Counties of Lanark, Sligo, Ireland
Renfrew and Carleton
Patterson James Lanark Ramsay Almonte Physician and Surgeon
Patterson John Lanark Ramsay Almonte Glasgow, Scotland
Paul John Lanark Ramsay Farmer; Lime Burner Ramsay Tp., Canada
Rae James Lanark Ramsay Farmer; Tax Collector Ireland
Raines Thomas W. Lanark Ramsay Almonte Dentist Alabama, United States
Reiley Patrick Lanark Ramsay Almonte Hotel Proprietor; Agent for Ireland
Frost & Wood
Robertson James Jr. Lanark Ramsay Farmer; former School Trustee Lanark Co., Canada
Robertson W.P. Lanark Ramsay Almonte School Teacher Stirling, Scotland
Scott James Lanark Ramsay Manufacturer of Carriages, Buggies Prince Edward Island, Canada
Scott John Lanark Ramsay Almonte Retired from Business Glasgow, Scotland
Scott William Lanark Ramsay Farmer Armagh Co., Ireland
Scrimgeour Charles E. Lanark Ramsay Almonte Master Mechanic, Rosamond Woollen Galt, Dumfries North Tp., Canada
Shearn C.H. Lanark Ramsay Almonte Butcher England
Shirreff Archibald Lanark Ramsay Almonte Formerly Superintendent of Rosamond Scotland
Smith William Lanark Ramsay Farmer Scotland
Snedden Alexander Lanark Ramsay Farmer; ex-Township Councillor Ramsay Tp., Canada
Sneddon James Lanark Ramsay Farmer; Lumberman Lanark Co., Canada
Steel John Lanark Ramsay Farmer Renfrewshire, Scotland
Stewart Duncan Lanark Ramsay Farmer Perthshire, Scotland
Syme Peter T. Lanark Ramsay Farmer Dunning, Scotland
Templeman William Lanark Ramsay Almonte Publisher, Almonte Gazette Lanark Co., Canada
Teskey W. Rufus Lanark Ramsay Appleton Manufacturer; Township Councillor Lanark Co., Canada
Teskey Wilton Lanark Ramsay Proprietor, Appleton Flour Mills, Ramsay Tp., Canada
Toshack Andrew Lanark Ramsay
Toshack William Lanark Ramsay Farmer Ramsay Tp., Canada
Usher John Lanark Ramsay Blackeney Proprietor, Rose Bank Mills Antrim Co., Ireland
Wallace James Lanark Ramsay Almonte Grain Dealer Glasgow, Scotland
Warren William Lanark Ramsay Farmer Lanark Co., Canada
Wilson Alexander Lanark Ramsay Almonte Proprietor, Wilson House, Almonte Canada
Wilson Andrew Lanark Ramsay Farmer Scotland
Wilson John Lanark Ramsay General Farmer Glasgow, Scotland
Wilson William Lanark Ramsay Farmer; Builder Lanarkshire, Scotland
Wylie James H. Lanark Ramsay Almonte Formerly Postmaster, Almonte Lanark Co., Canada
Yuill James Lanark Ramsay Farmer; former Collector of Township London, England
and Census Taker
Youll Robert Lanark Ramsay Farmer London, England
Young Bros. Company Lanark Ramsay Almonte Manufacturer of Agricultural Implements
Yuile Alexander Lanark Ramsay Carleton Place Farmer; Breeder of Thoroughbred Stock Stockport, England
Yuill James Lanark Ramsay
April 3, 2012:
Sherril Nephew is researching the family of Edmond or Edward POLLARD who came from Ireland to Ramsay Township, Ontario, Canada in 1825.
April 7, 2012:
Goldie Doratti is researching the family of Peter and Christiana McGREGOR, who came from Scotland in the 1820's.
February 8, 2019:
The Mill of Kintail (R. Tait McKenzie Museum)
Source: Ramsay Reflections, 1836-1979, sponsored by the Ramsay Township Council, page 37.
The Snedden Station in Ramsay Township.
Source: Ramsay Reflections, by the Ramsay Township Council, page 17
June 21, 2019:
Rocky Ridge, Concession 11, Ramsay Township, Ontario
Photo and Text source = National Capital Region Heritage, page 20
Keywords: Highway 44, Almonte, Appleton, Robert Struthers
August 13, 2020:
A barley mill in 1869. Later used as a woollen mill.
Source: Ramsay Reflections, 1836-1979, sponsored by the Ramsay Township Council, page 21.
A fine example of a log house from the 1860's.
Source: Ramsay Reflections, 1836-1979, sponsored by the Ramsay Township Council, page 25.
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