The Hidden Hideaway On Glen Isle


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It all began with a toast to the King that day in 1824 when the Irish decided they too would like to drink to the King inside Morris’s Tavern which was situated right next to the Carleton Place Town Hall where the fountain now sits.

Of course, the English were having none of that, and Captain Glendinning incited his now drunk militia to attack the Irish. The pub keeper, Alex Morris, knew something awful was going to concur, so he fled for his life to Perth. First the clubs and shillelaghs came out, and then muskets were added to the battle.

A war correspondent from Perth who witnessed the battle May 5 1824, said the walls and floors of the grogerry were literally awash with blood. Miraculously, there were many wounded but no fatalities. The battle raged down Mill Street, and in confusion Hugh Boulton the miller was taken as a hostage.

Eventually the Irish recrossed the Mississippi River in boats at the foot of Mill Street where the old stone mills of Bates and Innes sat. Glendinning as a war “super-hero” was given 400 acres of land on a mile long island near Carleton Place called Glen Isle. Glendinning built the three foot wall home in 1823 of river limestone and field stone. It contained two huge fireplaces and is one of the few houses of Upper Canada that still has a bunk bed built into the wall. The original hand hewn door is still in use being closed and locked with a great key.

The Irish searched high and low for Glendinning that day but each time they entered the house,  there sat just his wife who was apparently alone with her daughter. Each and every time Glendinning saw the Irish coming towards his home he hightailed it into a fireplace recess he had built into one of his fireplaces. One would think that the Captain knew he was going to get into trouble one day.

Glendinning’s wife was an English woman of upper crust status who ended up dying broken hearted in that lonely stone home in the middle of nowhere. Both she and her daughter Amelia are buried somewhere in the field beyond the barn. Their graves were once marked, but the iron railings have long disappeared. After they died, Glendinning left for parts unknown but his presence was still felt in the area as he was blamed for most of the shenanigans that caused the Ballygiblins riots.

Glendinning’s home still sits hidden down a small private road hidden among the trees on Glen Isle near Carleton Place. Years ago I was fortunate to see the outside–maybe one day I might see the interior. This house is on PRIVATE PROPERTY so please respect the owners wishes.

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
24 Aug 1973, Fri  •  Page 40

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Debunking the Stories My Family Told Me

The Rare Fenian Medal of Private W. Rorison– Carleton Place Rifle Company

A Carleton Place Fenian Soldier’s Photo

Ballygiblin Riots in Carleton Place — Were We Bad to the Bone?

The Hidden Hideaway On Glen Isle

Samuel Hawkshaw- Carleton Place–Carleton Blazers of Bells Corners

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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.

4 responses »

  1. Hi Linda Just saw an old news clipping I had about an Almonte Lions Amateur Talent Show. My mother Jean More probably kept it because one or both of her daughters was in the junior church choir of the Presbyterian church that performed in1965. However, just as I was throwing it into the fire….I saw that a group performed called Gee Gee Frederick’s Baton Twirlers. Whoa. Had always wondered what GG’s name might have been who taught my sister and I and so many of our classmates in the 60’s Tap dance. Her “numbers” were complete with. 45 records our moms bought for us to practice ie The Boogey Woogey Piggy! (Costume silk pink piggy tails, ears and spanks over our tap shoes), Getting to Know You (a “sophisticated” look with blue silk collar, black top hang and long white gloves to the I am a Country Boy (with patches on our standard black suit and tights, a straw hat and suspenders). Was not aware that she taught anything other than dance! We loved teaching our friends the routines playing those records and sharing how to tap dance. (Faster and you can step dance). Anyhow was speaking to my husband about how I was the smallest of the group and when we went onto air in Ottawa live one time at the Uncle Chichames (spelling?) they did our “makeup” for tv and I remember it all still. Probably was cmon as I be,I’ve it was on Merivale the station. Anyhow I remember being told that the camera often focused on me because I was guess I was so tiny, At 8 I was looking like 6 years old with a lot of spunk.I was wondering about others memories and how I might find the little show in their archives. We did not have movie cameras in our household so it would be neat to see myself and others how we moved etc. Linda (More) Dryer Ps Also love to find This Land Is Our Land and see a live taping of a lot of the children in the 60{s at my Uncle and Aunts sugar bush around a fire….in the spring runoff near a bonfire, Big stuff in those days! Wish we had more history of how it was living in Almonte and area 50\60 years ago. Not just 100 years ago or just about the wealthy.


  2. Hello, GEE GEE also taught me baton, tap and ballet on Sparks Street and we marched in many Santa Parades in Almonte and Carleton Place. I was in baton from 1958 for 11 years and was also on the Uncle Chichames show one time. Great memories, I think of GEE GEE often.


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