Remembering Leckie’s Corners 1887



S.S. No. 9 Ramsay, 1898 – Courtesy of Edna Scott & Jean Macpherson. Seated: Dan Barnes and Wilfred Barnes Standing: Gertie Allen, Eva Shane, Hanna Coon, Julia Burke, Lillian Scott, Eva Coon (in front of Lillian), Edna Scott, Pearl Allen, Orville Allen, Annie Burke, Bertha Craig, Mary Burke, Laura Scott, Alfred Ragsdale, and teacher Edith McKechnie beside her bicycle. Photo-The One Room Schoolhouse

Bustling Leckie’s Corners
Leckie’s Corners on the 8th line of Ramsay Township was once a bustling community with many businesses, a school and three churches. It was once 2 miles from the Brockville & Ottawa Railroad , and a popular much frequented stop. The Tannery and Auld Kirk Church and cemetery are all that is left. Read more here..

LECKIE'S CORNERS. — County Lanark, 8th Concession of Ramsay, 
1887 Business Directory

Cabinetmaker — Kearney, James. 
Cooper — Wright, James. 
General Store — Wilson, George. 
Farmer — Nicholson, Edward. 

Milliner — Cashey, Mrs. Smithery and Forge — Slater, William. Saddler — Drury, Robert Saw Mill — Mansell, Isaac. The Free Church of Scotland and the Established Church of Scotland and Wesleyan Methodists meet for Divine Service.


Afghan knitted by students at S.S. No. 9 Ramsay as part of the war effort, 1943- Courtesy of Ray Barr. Back: Myrna Papineau,

Earl McIntyre, Iris More, Donald Barr, Bob Rollins.

2nd Row: Irene McIntyre, Elsie More, Irene More,

Elizabeth More, Jean McGregor, Ruth Rollins, Ray Barr,

Bert More, Laurie More, John More, Gordie Barr.

Photo-The One Room Schoolhouse





The oldest church built by the Scots still survives, the “Auld Kirk” located on the 8th Line. On January 4, 1836, the first official meeting for Ramsay Township took place in the schoolhouse at Leckie’s Corners, now near the Auld Kirk. John Gemmill, John Dunlop, and James Wilson were elected as the first Commissioners of the new township government. The commissioners were elected annually until 1850, when it changed to Reeves and Councillors, the system that continued through Ramsay’s history. Ramsay was amalgamated in the 1990s to form part of the Town of Mississippi Mills.– North Lanark Regional Museum


Reverend Robert Bell-He taught the public school near Appleton in 1852, and the next year the school at Leckie’s Corners, near Almonte.

Perth Courier, Feb. 10, 1893

The Almonte Gazette says:  “After an illness extending over many months Mrs. Gilbert Cannon passed to her reward on Saturday afternoon last deeply regretted by a wide circle of her friends.  For a considerable time she was confined to her house and for several weeks preceding her death she grew progressively weaker having been unable to take nourishment.

Mrs. Cannon whose maiden name was Susanna Leckie, was born in Scotland in 1828 and came to this country about fifty years ago.  She was a sister to Thomas Leckie for whom “Leckie’s Corners” was called and who edited and managed Almonte’s first newspaper which was established by a joint stock company about 30 years ago.

She lived at Leckie’s Corners with her brother who did business there as a general merchant until her marriage to Mr. Cannon and shortly afterwards Mr. and Mrs. Cannon removed to town and have lived here ever since enjoying the esteem and respect of the community.  Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Irving of Pembroke, the latter a sister of Mr. Cannon, were present at the funeral.


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News and now in The Townships Sun


About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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