A Carleton Place Fenian Soldier’s Photo



Samuel Fisher Photo from Carleton Place’s very own Norma Ford

Norma thinks this is a picture of Samuel Fisher, born July 1848 in Perth and died April 14, 1919 in Almonte. 

“When I was going through my Grandmother’s writings, she said there was a picture of her Great-Grandfather at the museum in Perth.  I went to check with them and this is the only picture they have from that time period.  I have his military records where he served in Prescott at the time of the Fenian Raids although they did not see any action in that area. A great picture whether it is my Great Grandfather or not.”–Norma Ford Carleton Place, Ontario.


Linda, something else interesting about Samuel Fisher. He is buried in the Anglican Cemetery outside of Almonte. His son, James Fisher owned a bronze factory in Burlington and made the headstone, picture attached. I can’t believe how well the headstone has survived the test of time, maybe all headstones should be made of bronze.


Perth Courier, October 29, 1897— *Samuel Fisher* is mentioned here

Upon the recommendation of Sir Richard Cartwright, Minister of Trade and Commerce, the British authorities have consented to order an issue of medals to those Canadian volunteers who took part in the suppression of the Fenian uprising or invasion in 1866 and subsequent years.  Lord Lansdowne, our former Governor General, and now Imperial Secretary, a few days ago cabled the Canadian Minister of Militia that he has recommended such a medal be struck.  To those who participated in two or more engagements they will be awarded a clasp.  Though 31 years have gone there are quite a number yet in town and elsewhere of the members of the two Perth volunteer companies who left “for the front” in March and June of 1866 and we give below the names of as many as we can gather with their present post office addresses.  Many are no longer in the land of the living and many others have after this lapse of years scattered to the four winds and their present abiding place is not known.

Perth Rifle Company

Captain Edmund Spillman in British Columbia

Lt. Thomas Moffat, Perth

Ensign Major J.S. Douglas, Shelburne(?), Ont.

Color Sergeant John Kippen, Los Angeles, California

Sgt. W. M. Kellock, Perth


Still in Perth—Robert Lillie, Peter Lavergne, William Lawson, *Samuel Fisher*, William Watson, Benjamin Warren, James Moore.  George Steele, Smith’s Falls; George Larivee, Sand Point; William Farmer, Arnprior; D.G. Mitchell, Campbelville, Kentucky; Manasses Patterson, Almonte; W.H. Wylie, Michipecotin(?); M. McMartin

Read the Perth Courier here at Archives Lanark

 Related reading:

Fenians OR Ballygiblins? Fighting Irish 101

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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