Carleton Place Visits Comrie 1994 — Joyce Tennant


34369250_10155801756226886_4746875104820985856_n.jpgPhoto from the Canadian signing the guest book at Comrie, Scotland


Yesterday Joyce Tennant who I have known since I moved here in 1981 gave me some great history books and some clippings. I was honoured beyond belief and can;t wait to share them all with you.

As you know, since August 1, 1992, Comrie, Scotland is Carleton Place’s twin city and Joyce was one of a group of 24 folks, 9 who were local toured Scotland and Ireland in the fall of 1994. Joyce was a member of the Carleton Place twinning committee when Orm Giles put her on. She admitted none of them knew what they were doing Joyce and the other members: Tom Campbell, Donald McEwen, Michel Brykert, David Flegg  and Mary Stanfield tried to connect the two communities through correspondence and visits.



The group pictured outside the Comrie and Strowan Parish Church- Photo from The Canadian


Joyce remembers that when the coach arrived at Comrie, six members of the Comrie Pipe and Drum Band met the Canadians at the edge of town. All of the visitors marched behind the band into the town of Comrie which only had a population of 2,000. Along with Joyce the other local travellers weer: Patsy Splane, Eleanor Henderson, Bill Doherty, Doris Blackburn, Rev. Bob and Nancy Hill, Clara Hemphill and Keith and Irene Brunton.


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 and The Tales of Almonte


Jonathon Francis and Margaret Carswell– From Scotland and Ireland to Pakenham

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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