More on Clarke Gourlay Family — Christopher Muller

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More on Clarke Gourlay Family — Christopher Muller

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Good Morning Linda,

You recently posted an article from 1958 about the death of Clarke Gourlay, banker from Almonte, who died while out duck hunting. Your readers may find this interesting (and sad). His grandson died this past weekend also doing something in nature that he loved whole heartedly.

The Gourlay’s have been in your area for almost 150 years. I was looking at a Census from 1871 today and there was a Gourlay family living in the neighbourhood where my 2nd great grandparents, Patrick Collins and Sarah Reynolds lived.
Here we are in 2019 and my niece has married into the Gourlay Family  and her husband is Clarke’s son Raymond. I was adopted from Carleton Placeat birth in 1961 so this is my adopted brother’s daughter !!! What a small world. 🙂
I actually found the immigration record for the first Gourlay over from Scotland on Ancestry.ca …. 1821 … so more like 200 years in the area than 150 years. I am heading over to Vancouver Island this evening to be with the family and attend the funeral in Parksville at Morningstar Farm tomorrow. (update-the memorial service was outstanding – seating for 500 and there were still around 50 people standing)
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Clarke Gourlay – Memorial Service click here–

I shall be forever grateful to the late Joanna Meehan-Harrington for introducing me to your work and these historical FB Pages you produce. They have added so much context to my adventure of discovering more about my birth families and where I was born. Thank you again !! 🙂
Christopher Muller

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

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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