How Franktown Got Its Name




The Reilly Hotel on the Franktown Road

In the mass of material William Pattie and Christopher Forbes piled up historically was a pamphlet written by Rev. Mr. Buchanan the first Presbyterian minister in Beckwith. Mr. Pattie therein discovered the manner in which Franktown got its name.

1895 Franktown.preview

Franktown 1895

The Perth Courier in 1922 stated that Sir Francis Bondhead and the Duke of Richmond with their retinues were passing from Perth to Ottawa over the unorganized highway.  They halted about midway at a glade which seemed to possess all the elements of beauty, but as a spot as yet un-named, un-honored and unknown.  The distinguished travelers thought it a pity to pass it by and leave no sign in the way of an official cognomen to mark their call.  Several bright appellations were struck from the mint of the cognitions.  Finally the Duke said to the governor “We will name it for you, Sir Francis, but in place of Francis town we will say Franktown.”


Franktown, Ontario 2009

Franktown was nailed to the glade, and though it never reached the glory painted by the noble imperialists it has never forgotten that Van Amberg’s Circus bivouacked there one day because both Perth and Carleton Place were too small affairs to entertain so massive an establishment.  It was probably also on the same trek when the Duke of Richmond was bitten by his pet fox and rabies developed and he slipped away and was drowned in the river as he sought to quench is burning thirst. Well that’s what the fox said.

Franktown Historical Fact


Indians who had camped for the winter at Franktown, selling baskets through the district, struck their tents and returned to the St. Regis Reserve

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.

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