The McArthurs of Carleton Place



Building of the first stone structure of the present Bates and Innes Woollen Mill was begun in 1870 by Archibald McArthur and was completed a year later in 1871.  The McArthur woollen mill, equipped to operate by waterpower of the lower falls, was leased and reopened by William H. Wylie in 1877 when the country’s business depression became less severe.



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The McArthur Woolen Mill, built in 1871 by Archibald MacArthur to manufacture fine worsted and tweeds, is located on Mill Street, in Carleton Place. Building of the first stone structure of the present Bates and Innes Woollen Mill was begun by Archibald McArthur and was completed a year later.  The central building was five stories in height.

In 1907, McArthur Mill was acquired by Bates and Innis who converted the old woollen mill to a knitting factory.  The other adjoining brick structure was added after 1907.  A highlight of this building, is the remnants of the old water-powered turbines at the side of the stone building.  T

Ron W. Bates and J.A. Innes took over the woollen mill built by Archibald McArthur in 1871. Located on a man made island in the Mississippi River in Carleton Place, this 4 story stone mill had several owners before they purchased it in 1907.

In 1881 John Gillies of Carleton Place bought the McArthur woollen mill at the present Bates & Innes site from its first owner Archibald McArthur. The reported price was 40,000. W. H. Wylie, lessee of the McArthur mill, bought the Hawthorne woollen mill from its new owner James Gillies at a price reported as $19,00



Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum





Perth Courier, Oct. 26, 1888


Mr. Archibald McArthur, of Carleton Place, has donated $1,000 to Knox College to establish a scholarship to be known as the Arthur McArthur scholarship.

Perth Courier, Dec. 12, 1884

McArthur—Died, at Carleton Place on the 2nd Dec., Mr. Archibald McArthur, Esq., aged 70.


An early project of the new congregation of Zion-Memorial United Church was to erect a church building. Mr. Archibald MacArthur donated the land, currently at the comer of Albert and Beckwith Streets in Carleton Place, and was a very generous donor along with others who made “very handsome contributions”, enabling the church to be built in 1869.



McArthur Mills: Ontario's Old Mills


There is different clue. Memorial No159 registered at Ramsay Township 14 Jan 1863, made by John McQuarrie of township of Ramsay, County Lanark, Canada, Yeoman dated 13 Jan 1862 includes ‘… Archibald McArthur and Robert Bell of the village of Carleton Place executors to convert all my said Estate and credits into ready money …. pay all the my brother Hector McQuarrie of Tobermorray..Scotland, Boat Builder….bequeath … to my said brother Hector McQuarrie, his heirs and assigns…’
Unfortunately Hector died in 1856 but solicitors tracked down his son in Australia.

Perth Courier, May 15, 1885

he Late Robert Brown

It is with deep regret that we announce the decease of Robert Brown, the sad event took place at Ottawa on Thursday last.  The following short sketch of the leading events in his successful career will doubtless be a very acceptable way to his host of friends in these parts.  He was a son of the late Mr. William B. Brown of Carleton Place who was at one time in the employ of the Hudson’s Bay Company in the Northwest.  He was born at Kilwinning (?) Ayreshire, Scotland and came to Canada in 1841 and took up his residence at Montreal where he engaged in mercantile pursuits.  He removed to Carleton Place in 1846 where he went into the employment of his brother-in-law, the late Archibald McArthur.  He removed to Pakenham in 1848 and opened a general store under the firm names McArthur and Brown.  After some years, he assumed control of the business and carried it off with success until 1869 (?) when having amassed a competence, he took into partnership David Scott (?), who contracted the business for a number of years.  Mr. Brown retired to Montreal where he acquired a large amount of real estate and became a large holder of stocks in the Bank of Commerce and Montreal.  While in business in Pakenham, he also took into partnership our present townsman, George Wilson and opened a general store in Arnprior.  He was a strong adherent of the old Scotch Church.  He married a daughter of the late Sheriff Dickson (?) of Pakenham and leaves a family of 5 to mourn his loss.  The funeral took place on Monday to Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa.



The River Dance of the McArthur Mill in Carleton Place

The Faeries of McArthur Island- Dedicated to the Bagg Children

The McArthur Island Tree– Should it Stay or Should it Go?

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

2 responses »

  1. Linda, does this stone home still exist?


    On Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 9:19 AM, lindaseccaspina wrote:

    > lindaseccaspina posted: ” Building of the first stone structure of the > present Bates and Innes Woollen Mill was begun in 1870 by Archibald > McArthur and was completed a year later in 1871. The McArthur woollen > mill, equipped to operate by waterpower of the lower falls, was l” >

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