The Laird of Pretty Island




One day the “Laird” of Pretties Island decided to make what one could call a horse deal with one of his neighbours. The neighbour looked the horse over and it appeared to be in very good condition. As a last precaution he grabbed a handful of hay and gave it to the steed.

The Laird who saw this incident quickly said,

‘I’m told the animal has a *spavin, but I’ve looked and cannot find a trace.”

The  neighbour then stooped over to see if the horse had one while the seller quickly grabbed the hay out of the horse’s mouth.

The neighbour took the nag home but returned with it the next day asking the laird if he knew that the horse had no teeth. The reply was:

“It’s a good fault for it would not eat as much feed.”

If anyone knows who the Laird of Pretty Island was please email me.




While firemen have built up a company they did not forget the social side of life.  Years ago the firemen’s picnic was the event of the season.  It was held on Pretty’s Island, and the date was fixed to correspond with the ripening of John McCann’s corn – his contribution to the feast, as that was a big item on the bill of fare. Howard Morton Brown



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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.

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