This is where some of your ancestors ended up if they broke the law. Perth Court and Jail
Perth Gaol, 11th May, 1876.
I inspected the gaol to-day and found it throughout in very good order, but not quite so tidy looking as it usually is found partly owing to cleaning going on in some parts of it. The yards were in a welt-kept state. In providing a tank for the soft water the undersigned would recommend an iron one as being cheaper in the long run, and not so subject to leak. The jailor complains of the want of a dark punishment cell, in consequence of which he is unable to control unruly prisoners.
A part of the bucket-room in the north-east comer might be used in the meantime. The knowledge that such a place exists in the jail will a deterrent upon such characters. The gaol clothing is reported to be sufficient for the wants of the prison. There were eleven persons found in custody on this occasion, among them three insane women— Mrs. Nesbitt. Mrs. Jennings, and Ellen Patterson,—who have been so long in custody. The last named idiot will be removed to the asylum as soon as it is ready for the accommodation of that class— about the 15th of June.
Bridget Derring is evidently a case of acute insanity, although of long standing. If the gaol surgeon thinks that she would be benefited by asylum treatment a place in some of the asylums will be found-for her at an early day. I am glad to note a reduction in the number of old resident vagrant lodgers, and I hope no more will be committed. The books were found in good order.
J Langmuir inspector
February 2 1890-Almonte Gazette
The Perth gaol has been pretty foul of tramps and paupers this winter. Several were liberated a few days ago by the order of the Ontario Attorney. We need to accept employment on the doable track- and a contract between Gananoque and Belleville. This shows the necessity of some change in the mode of dealing with paupers or tramps.
The gaol is not the proper place for them, for two reasons : In the first place, some of these men may comr from misfortune, and not from evil habits, and have been compelled to seek the shelter and food to be found in the gaol. It is scarcely fair, and certainly not wise, to compel them to associate with criminals of all grades and degrees of wickedness.
In the second place if the county provided a poorhouse, many kinds of light labour could be supplied for feeble paupers, by which means they could earn at least a part of their support. The Brockville town council lately tried in vain to induce the Leeds and Grenville county council to join with them in erecting such a place for the poor, and the Recorder points out that the county pays out yearly for the relief of its poor. The Ontario Government is likely to deal at an early day, if not this session, with this question.
August 1924- Almonte Gazette
James Bros, have completed rebuilding of the old cannon In’ front of tfie court house, PferGL These guns have been the property of the town for many years. The history of the guns is told as follows: by a neatly painted poster. Manufactured in ‘Belguim in 1775; used by Americans in-war 1812; captured by the British at Chrysler Farm; then presented to Perth for military service; rebuilt in 1924 by. James Bros., Perth, Ont.
PERTH’s VERBRUGGEN GUNS
The Legend of Crysler’s Farm
“Artillery adds dignity, to what would otherwise be an ugly brawl”
The purported history of the cannons guarding Lanark County’s Court House in Perth has,
for two centuries, been an often recounted tall-tale of uncertain origin.In its most familiar form, the story contends that the guns were originally manufactured in Holland or Belgium for the French army. Captured by the Duke of York during the Flanders campaign.
They were sent with a British army to Quebec and saw action in the American
Revolutionary War, but were surrendered to the rebel Continental Army at Saratoga.
Then, nearly 40 years later, during the War of 1812, the guns were re-captured by the British at the
Battle of Crysler’s Farm and sent to Perth for purposes of saluting high holidays, where they were
later mounted on the grounds of the Court House as memorials to Perth’s military heritage.
This account of the much-travelled guns was alluded to in print at least as early as July 5,
1867 when the Perth Courier reported that the salute to Perth’s first Dominion Day was fired by
“two cannon captured from the Americans during the 1812-15 war”. The first detailed version of
the story in print seems to appear in the Ottawa Daily Citizen, of November 5, 1877, as part of a
profile of Bathurst Township resident John Manion (1804-1893). Manion was the son of soldiersettler Sergeant Thomas Manion (1779-1860) and claimed to have been an eye-witness to the battle at Crysler’s Farm where his father fought in the British line with the 49th Regiment of Foot. Read the rest here.. CLICK
ULTIMATE PENALTY OF THE LAW
The Death Penalty at Early Perth by Ron Shaw
During its first decades, while British law prevailed at the Perth Settlement, the ultimate
penalty of death applied to a list of 230 crimes ranging from the theft of vegetables or a cow to
murder and treason. Over the course of its history, however, only three men were ever executed
at the Bathurst District and Lanark County Jail in Perth. Read here..