A Little Known Fact About McDonald’s Corners




The village of McDonald’s Corners, was named after three McDonald families who were among the village’s first inhabitants who were Scottish immigrants in 1821. Similar to most rural villages in Lanark County, McDonald’s Corners was once a self-sufficient community providing the local community with general stores, inns, shops along with the local blacksmith and carriage maker’s businesses, and of course a church and a school.

Perth Courier, Jan. 27, 1899

It is proposed to change the name of McDonald’s Corners in Dalhousie Township to Minto after the new Scottish governor general.  There are petitions in circulation both for the change and against and there are reasons on both sides of the question.  Minto is much shorter and is a historic name; McDonald’s Corners was the name the pioneers gave and is endeared to many especially the older people.


Purdon Family- McDonalds Corners- Charles Dobie


School and students at McDonald’s Corners about 1880-Charles Dobie

The school is still used on a daily basis as a community centre and craft studio



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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