Things You Don’t Know About Carlow Lodge and the Kidds

Things You Don’t Know About Carlow Lodge and the Kidds



Carlow Lodge was built in three sections in Burritts Rapids running down the hill to the bridge over the Rideau River. The house was built in 1850 by William Kidd a very successful Irishmen.

The shutters on the front of the house have or had small shamrocks cut in them.

The front fanlight at Carlow Lodge once spelled out Carlow Lodge out of coloured glass.

William Kidd first moved to The Derry in Beckwith in 1820 and later opening a general store when he moved to Burritt Rapids in 1840. This red brick building still stands today.

(Update– You can research all you want sometimes the facts are wrong and that is why I rely on your help to document our local history. I received this note this morning.  Bill M wrote:

William Kidd of Burritt’s Rapids was the son of Thomas Kidd who settled in the Cuckoo’s Nest, not in The Derry. English fashion model Jodie Kidd ( is a gr-gr-gr-granddaughter of William Kidd and through the pioneer Ennis family to she is distantly related to people in Lanark County.

Thanks Bill!

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William Kidd had two sons Thomas Albert and Edward.

Edward was a master cheese maker and had many cheese factories. In 1866 was noted as a pioneer cheese manufacturer and exporter.

After he fought in the Fenian Raids  son Thomas Albert Kidd became the postmaster in 1866 and remained Postmaster for 50 years.

In 1916 J. Harold Kidd took over as Postmaster until his retirement in 1950.

In Harold Kidd’s living room the walls were covered with photos of family members, famous visitors and important events.

Mrs. Kidd painted her drawing room door with pastel coloured flowers and her art work adorned the house.

Harold Kidd was the one that brought electricity to Marlborough County for over 200 customers, and this development on the Rideau River was eventually bought by Hydro Ontario.

 - of ! I ell-verware Richard Kidd Dies; Family...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  26 Dec 1928, Wed,  Page 2

 - KIDD, Lieut Col. the Honorable Thomas Ashmore...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  20 Dec 1973,

Front view of Burritt House

Built circa 1832, Burritt Farm was erected on land granted to Daniel Burritt the Younger on May 17, 1802.

This neoclassical home, with its roots in the early architecture of Greece and Rome, stands graciously on the banks of the Rideau River. It’s gardens have been a labor of love over the span of more than 50 years. Knee-high burdock and five trees (three still remaining) was the challenge that awaited the homeowners. The garden “evolved” into the beautifully serene and bucolic splendor which will greet ticket holders. Stroll through the formal cutting garden, peaceful riverbank and then follow the graceful curves of the colorful perennial borders.

“This property remains one of the most outstanding, both architecturally and historically, in Rideau Township.”


The Man who Disappeared– Stories of Dr. G. E. Kidd

Beckwith One Room Schools– Leona Kidd

More Memories of The Beckwith McTavish House

Home and Garden Before Home and Garden Magazine

The James Black Homestead

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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