For the Love of Lammermoor

For the Love of Lammermoor



Photo-Charles Dobie

Strictly Left – Right: William Gibson, Irene McNicol (now Pretty), Russell Harper, Cecil Paul, Dorothy Bartraw (McIntosh), Basil Paul, Mary Ellen (Gibson) Paul,John Harper, Effie Drysdale, Bob Drysdale, Joe Paul, Janet (Gunn) Gibson, Herbert Gibson.

Dorothy (Bartraw) McIntosh was a friend of the family. All others Drysdale, Harper, McNicol & Paul are connected to the Gibsons by marriage. Herbert Gibson, the young man on the far right, died of diabetes soon after the photo was taken. He is standing beside his mother, Janet (Gunn) Gibson. His father, William Gibson, is standing far left. Janet (Gunn) Gibson was a Gunn from Hopetown. William Gibson & Mary Ellen Paul were brother & sister. Mary Ellen was the mother of Cecil & Basil Paul and wife of Joe Paul. Brothers Russell & John Harper were nephews of William Gibson & Mary Ellen Paul. Effie Drysdale was a niece of William Gibson & Mary Ellen Paul.

Joanne Park Huskilson says in part: ” There were 10 children in my grandfather’s (William Gibson’s) family and no matter where they lived in Canada or the US, they always considered Lammermoor their home. “

Many thanks to Ruth (Drysdale) Duncan for this photograph.
And thanks to Joanne Park Huskilson for most of the names, and for how everyone is related.


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal29 Jun 1900, FriPage 6

Perth Courier

James Gibson of Lammermore

A descendent of Lammermore’s first settler sees his village coming to an end.

In 12 or 15 years there will not be a Lammermore.  This is the pessimistic opinion of James Carmen Gibson, life long resident and proud descendent of the first pioneer settler in the 143 year old settlement.  The once flourishing community was established by James Gibson a native of Lanark, Scotland who led a small band of his countrymen into the virgin forest of eastern Ontario in 1821.  It was these hardy settlers who named their new home Lammermore after the Lammermore Hills of their native land.  James Carmen Gibson, great great grandson of Lammermore’s founding father, may also be the last of the Gibson’s in that community.

Mr. Gibson puts it this way:  “I can remember about 45 years ago there were 11 families and 78 people living here.  Now there are only three families and 16 people.  The trouble is that there are no children around here. The three families have just 9 children going to a public school and on top of that we have four bachelors here.”

The Gibsons have one son to carry on the family name and he is destined for a career in the Ontario Provincial Police.  They also have four daughters.  Mr. Gibson summed up the future of Lammermore in a nutshell when he remarked “None of the young men are going to stay and farm.  That is plain to see.”

Lunch with the Retired Women Teachers of OntarioArlene The Gibsons used to raise dairy and beef cattle on their 300 acre farm which has been in the family since 1831 with the depression and the consequent change in the price of farm products Mr. Gibson found it more profitable to start hauling milk for other farmers to the Middleville cheese factory.  He was drawing milk for some 17 farmers in the area and continued this business until 1956 when he was forced to make another change.  “Most of the farmers around here turned to beef production.  There was not enough milk to pay me to draw it to the cheese factory so we began shipping cream to Brockville.”  Mr. Gibson turned from shipping cream to (illegible word) lumber in the E. B. Eddy Company in Hull.  He supplies the company with roughly 500 cords a year and will often travel to  six days a week with a band of poplar or spruce.

The Gibson family began tapping trees in 1821 with the arrival of James Gibson from Lanark, Scotland. He was the first pioneer settler in the area and named their new home Lammermoor after the Lammermoor Hills in Scotland. Their five children Verna, Beatrice, Norma, Carol and Earl all helped out with the operation. They also raised beef, dairy on their busy farm and hauled milk to the Middleville cheese factory.


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal17 Sep 1900, MonPage 7


Perth Courier, May 7, 1897

Lammermoor:  T. Deachman has returned home after a visit to D. Currie.

Obit: Mrs. Stephen Park, Ellen Ferguson was born a Lammermoor, Feb 28th, 1858 a daughter of Mr. Allan Ferguson. She married on Apr 17th, 1878 and is survived by her husband and seven children; Agnes (Mrs. R Pretty) of Hopetown; Jean (Mrs. C Craig) of North Battleford Sask; James of Mazenod Sask; Eulelia (Mrs. Matt Tullis) of Drummond; Mary (Mrs. Murchison) of Mazenod Sask; Margaret (Mrs. W Cameron) of Watson’s Corners and Charles at home. One daughter Annie May deceased. She also leaves two sisters and one brother; Mrs. David Napier, Mrs. Gould of Winnipeg , and Allan Ferguson of Watson’s Corners. Burial in Watson’s Corners Cemetery.

Perth Courier, April 17, 1896

We regret to say W. L. McDonald lately a merchant at Lammermoor, Lanark Township, has been forced to assign for the benefit of his creditors.

Perth Courier, May 27, 1898

Watson’s Corners:  Mrs. James Barr will leave today to join her husband who went out there a couple months ago. ……A number of persons from our village and from Lammermoor attended the marriage of Teresa Duncan of McDonald’s Corners and Mr. Parsons of Ottawa last Wednesday


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal15 Apr 1944, SatPage 11



Gibson Family Burials

Lammermoor, Ontario, Lot 26,

 Con. 1, Dalhousie Twp.

Burials 1851 to 1978

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)


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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