What Happened to the Gold on the Ramsay 7th line?



Your Historical Fact of the Day–James Black Homestead, half hidden behind mature shrubbery at the intersection with the 7th line of Ramsay. This small but handsome stone home was built in 1852 by James Black and his wife Janet, on the land allocated to his father, Walter, some thirty years earlier. Walter Black, a wheel-wright by trade, left his home in Dumfrieshire, Scotland in 1821 to come to Canada as a Lanark Society Settler. In 1821 he was allocated the 100 acre parcel on which the James Black Homestead now stands.



Almonte Gazette--IN 1868 While drilling a well on the farm of Mr. Peter Young, 7th line, Ramsay, Mr. Chas. Tweedy struck a vein of rock bearing gold. He thinks it is there in paying quantities, and a former California gold man says the stuff is the pure metal. Now the people of this vicinity have room to think that this district will prove to be the Canadian El Dorado. (*Author’s Note-the lead mine was on the Ramsay 4th Line)



Saw this photo at an auction last week and someone told me the house was on one of the Ramsay lines-


The seventh line of Ramsay contained William Cobb, John Bowes, Walter Black, John Steel, Lachlan McLean, Neil McQuarry, Robert McLaren, James Bowes, Jr., John McPherson, John Gillan, James Stewart, John More and James Patterson. Lachlan McLean from Old Kirkpatrick, New Glasgow, was possibly the first poet Ramsay Township produced. His “The Dalshooie Feast” was widely known in his day. James Patterson was one of the earliest tailors in Ramsay, having to travel to Brockville to obtain thread during pioneer days. It was said he sometimes had to use the bark of the “mouse­wood” tree as a substitute. The bark of this tree was also used for bag strings. ( Mousewood” = Dirca palustris a.k.a. Leatherwood-thanks Cp Gardener)

Another historical note: In 1901 About sixty neighbours helped in the raising of a barn of forty feet height at the farm of John McArton in the sixth concession of Ramsay near Carleton Place.


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 30 Jul 1927, Sat,
  3. Page 2

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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
12 Sep 1899, Tue  •  Page 3

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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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