Tag Archives: Goulburn

Robert Laidlaw Home Boy — British Home Children–Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings

Robert Laidlaw Home Boy — British Home Children–Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

One of the good stories…..

Did You Know About Dr. Barnardo’s Baby’s Castle? British Home Children — Home Boys

Canadians Just Wanted to Use me as a Scullery-Maid

Laundry Babies – Black Market Baby BMH 5-7-66

More Unwed Mother Stories — Peacock Babies

British Home Children – Quebec Assoc click

Ontario East British Home Child Family click

British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association click

The Wright Brothers– British Home Children

Home Boys and Family–Mallindine Family — Larry Clark

Clippings of the Barnardo Home Boys and Girls

Lily Roberts of Drummond The Rest of the Story

Looking for Photos of ‘The Castle’ in Ashton

Looking for Photos of ‘The Castle’ in Ashton

In the books that were donated I have come across some interesting information about a home that was once in Ashton that was called, “The Castle”. It was believed to be build by Mr. Archie Blair and was an imposing 3 storey, 14 room frame bulding painted white.

It had a high roof with four gables and the surrounding verandahs were supported by broad pillars. Over the large hospitable French doors was a very ornate fanlight. Mr. Blair operated a shoemaking business over at the Forester’s Hall and had two sons: Dr. Blair and Jack Blair.

The imposing home was destroyed by fire. Living there at the time of the fire was Mrs. Archie Blair, her sisters Tina and Jessie McEwen and a brother Sandy McEwen. Sandy was in bed with a broken hip when the fire broke out at noon hour. Hilton Fleming was at his home nearby for his midday meal, noticed the smoke and realized that Sandy was upstairs and helpless scaled two fences and enetered the burning building. He was able to snatch Sandy in his arms and head for safety. Sandy kept shouting for his pants, but Mr. Fleming just screamed back ” to hell with your pants’ as he carried him to the safety of the Forrester’s Hall. The hall later was a residence owned by Mr. Slade.

RALPH WALLACE BURTON OIL ON BOARD Grey Wet November Day” Ashton, Ontario

with files from the book donations “Country Tales” Donated by- Ed and Shirley (Catherine) Simpson

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
10 Jul 1942, Fri  •  Page 12
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
30 Dec 1925, Wed  •  Page 2

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
27 May 1929, Mon  •  Page 2
Name:Archibald Blair
Marriage Date:4 Jan 1870
Marriage Place:Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
Spouse:Mary McEwen

1871 census

Name:Archibald Blair
Marital Status:Married
Birth Date:1847
Birth Place:Ontario
Residence Place:Goulburn, Carleton, Ontario
District Number:78
Religion:Weslyan Methodist
Occupation:Shoe Maker
Family Number:177
Neighbours:View others on page
Household MembersAgeArchibald Blair24Mary Blair20

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
30 Mar 1935, Sat  •  Page 46
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
19 Feb 1897, Fri  •  Page 5

Memories of Ashton Station Road –Ashton Feed Mill –Jennifer Fenwick Irwin Photos

  1. Wind Storm in Ashton- Heath Ridge Farms 1976 
  2. Dust on the Wind –Ashton Social Notes 1887-1897 Names Names Names
  3. Another Lanark County “Murdoch Mystery” –Elfreda Drummond of Ashton
  4. When Trains Crash —Ashton Train Accident 1950
  5. Mrs Crigger’s House in Ashton?
  6. The Ashton Hotel– Questions Questions Flemmings and McFarlanes
  7. McFarlanes –Stewart’s Fire– and Other Things in Ashton
  8. Somewhere in Ashton-The Ashton Curmudgeon
  9. The Ashton Funeral to end all Funerals
  10. Did Anyone Ever Have Fun in Ashton?
  11. Ashton 101
  12. Did Anyone Have Fun in Ashton? Part 2- The Fleming House 
  13. How to Catch a Pigeon in Ashton
  14. The Ashton Carleton Place Car Theft Ring
  15. Did Samuel Pittard of Ashton Murder His Wife?
  16. Good Old Lanark County Music–From the 70s to now
  17. The John Shore House
  18. Jenkins: Ashton’s log and mortar-chinked history meets modern times

The Craig Family 1930s Goulburn North Gower and Lanark County

The Craig Family 1930s Goulburn North Gower and Lanark County


Craig Crest.jpg


More Facts About the Craig Family Mr. W. R. Gillanders Supplements the evidence re the Craig Name Supplied in Mr. Beverley Craig’s History of the Craigs of North Gower and Goulbourn,.


I was very Interested in reading about the name of Craig. Without disparaging the author’s contention that the original Craigs came from the south of Scotland, there Is no evidence that there were not Craigs among the Dalriad Scots when they came from Ireland. The name was not a family one originally, and the Craigs in every Gaelic speaking country were distinctive men who earned the distinctive name. Perhaps the south ot Scotland was the most likely place to rear a family In those days, but when it comes to authentic history, the distinguished Craigs certainly came from the north. It is traditional In Aberdeenshire that there were Craigs there long before the advent of William the Conqueror in England. These Craigs fought at Bannockburn (1314) and at Harlaw (1411). It was from Aberdeenshire that Craig of Craig Pintray (in Aberdeenshire) Journeyed with his retainers to find death on Plodden Field (1513); his son John, the great Scot-is!), reformer, was born at Craig Fin-tray, as was Sir Thomas Craig, who after sojourning in France, settled in 1873 in Edinburgh where he be came perhaps the greatest man In Scotland at that time and founded a family which throughout the following centuries produced many eminent lawyers. In the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth centuries it was the polite habit to Insist on a southern origin,. Just as In England today all families with pretence declare their forefathers came over with the Conqueror; and as in the United States everybody came over In the Mayflower.


For the past 2,000 years at least, the Irish word for Craig was Just Craig (Craig); the Scottish Gaelic la Creig, sometimes spelt creag, in order to show Plctlsh disdain for the Erse; in Manx, the third branch of the Goi-delic family, the word was also cralg. All these words, whether written Craig, Crieg or Creag, have the same pronunciation simply Craig. The Welsh is also written Craig, pronounced in the inimitable and beautiful Welsh way. but certainly not craig as we know it. It is doubtful if even a modern Welsh scholar could give the correct value of the old Welsh vowel sounds. In those days spelling was not of so much importance in every day life as pronunciation, The only branch of the Goidelic family which affected the orthography of Scottish Gaelic was the Irish much to the disgust of Scottish scholars, ancient and modernand this was principally through the missionaries, called In by the Dalrlads. By A.D. 600 these missionaries had converted the country between the Humber and the Forth to Christianity, apart from their work among tne picts ana scots. Thus, whether the Craigs as a family arose in the Welsh Strathclyde or in the Anglo-Scottish east, they would get the spelling of their name pat from all sources; and in case of sound there was no differentiation between that of the ranting, roaring Dalriad Scots and the proud, independent Picts. The name of Craig as a distinctive appellation to distinctive persons is older than the south of Scotland, and as these persons were not a clan but individuals distinguished in every district wherever Gaelic was spoken, there is no evidence to controvert the opinion that there were Craigs in Ireland when, as the song says England was a pup; and in Scotland long before the pawky southern Scots began to pawk, With apologies to vour patience W. R. GILLANDERS, Albion Hotel Ottawa,

Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 20 Dec 1930, Sat,
  3. Page 2


  1. All about the Craig’s, from Lanarkshire, Scotland to Lanark County, Ontario

    The Craig family crest has three variations, one for England, Ireland and Scotland. The crest above it for the Scottish Craigs and we have a long history there. The family motto “Vive Deo et Vives” translates roughly into “Live with God that you may live for ever”
         The surname means rock, rocky , low hill. The anglicised word is “crag”.  It is often thought to be a descriptive surname but is as likely to be derived from the people who built and lived in the fortresses which were built on the low, rocky hills. Below is a picture of the “ancient” Craig tartan. I guess there is a modern version as well?

    So much for my flip remark, there are about a dozen Craig tartans, for hunting, ancient….. One for every occasion .

    The first family I have information on is John Craig and Jane(Jean). All I have is that they had a son, William, born in 1746.
         William married Jean Russell on January 15th, 1763. Jean , born in 1745, was from Cambusnetham, Scotland, a neighbouring parish.
    They had seven children;
    Lilias 1764-1764,
    John 1767-?,
    Silios/Lilias 1769-?,
    Jean 1771-?,
    William 1773-?
    James 1775-?.
    where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and theSherbrooke Record and and Screamin’ Mamas (USACome 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. Tales of Almonte and Arnprior Then and Now.

    1. relatedreading

      James Bowes Mary McKay Middleville Clippings Genealogy

    2. Janet Jeannette Lawson Tripp Genealogy

    3. Middleville Genealogy-McIlraith- Sommerville

      The Oldest Queen’s Graduate D.W. Stewart– Middleville — Lanark Genealogy

    4. The Bond Family– Genealogy

    5. The True Carleton Place Story of Joie Bond- by Jennifer Hamilton

      The Name is Bond—-Joie Bond

    6. So What Happened to Thomas C Spence of Perth? Spence Genealogy

    7. Annie Florence Giles– David Giles– Died at 22 — Genealogy

    8. Marvin Arnold Walker — Another Ron Bos Genealogy Mystery

John Baserman vs Mary Ann McCoy –Odd Stories




1924 Rife ad


May 30 1924

John Baserman, of Almonte, was arrested by Chief of Police Read, of Carleton County, on Monday, charged with causing bodily harm to Mary Ann McCoy, the 22-year-old daughter of Mrs. Andrew McCoy, a widow, living on the fifth concession of Goulbourn, near the village of Richmond. Miss McCoy was shot through the wrist by a rifle in the hands of John Easerman on May 7.

The story is that Baserman in the course of his business was at the McCoy home, and it is understood that they wished him to purchase the rifle. It was handed to him. He was examining it not knowing it was loaded when it exploded and the bullet hit Miss McCoy.

Dr. Nixon, of Richmond, took Miss McCoy to Water street Hospital, Ottawa, and Chief Read, went to Richmond and placed Baserman under arrest. He later released him, however, convinced that the affair had been an accident. Still later Baserman was rearrested. The fact that such a charge has been laid against Mr. Baserman has
caused a good deal of surprise in Almonte.

Mary Ann married David Lemuel McLinton later that year on October 24, 1924–no doubt because her Mother feared for her life. No word what happened to John Baserman.



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


The Odd Tales of Jennie Graven and A. Dowd Syme

The Odd Tale of Insane Johnny Long?

A Few Odd Sisters….

Dead by Her Mother’s Lack of Faith–Odd Stories

Shades of Sweeney Todd in Perth?

The Passing of Odd Fellows —- Tales From the IV



How Many Stitts of Stittsville Remain?

How Many Stitts of Stittsville Remain?


This photograph shows Stittsville’s railway complex around 1895, with what is now Stittsville Main Street crossing the tracks in the foreground.


Stittsville was founded in 1818 by Jackson Stitt one of the veterans of the 1812 war. He ignored gifts of land in Carleton County and decided to go off by himself. The Stitts were United Empire Loyalists and Jackson decided to set up a commercial house that was almost half way to Ottawa so the farmers from Carleton Place and Almonte would have a place to drop in on their way to market in Ottawa. Anytime you pass the Stittsville sign on Highway 15 think about the inn that Jackson Stitt built at that very place called Stitts Corner.

The original village was a mile north of the current location which would be at the present intersection of Carp Road and Hazeldean Road. It was a small crossroads, consisting of a few houses, a small inn, and a general store and post office, which was owned by Jackson Stitt.





When the disastrous fire of Carleton County in 1870 burned so many buildings killing 12 people, and when the first train passed a mile south from the village the village was moved to its current location. The inn however survived the fire–so what happened to the Stitts?

There was Jackson Stitt’s son John who resided on lot 29 in Goulbourn Township in 1879 and James lived there with his sister Etta until they were both killed in a car accident in 1927. Two other Stitts moved to Manitoba, one of them being iconic MP Barney Stitt and Jim Stitt who built a bridge across the Red River and was also a composer for the Peace Tower Carillon.



Artwork by Ralph Wallace Burton, Old Farm, Stittsville, Ontario, Made of oil–MutualArt

In 1963 there was only one family in the Ottawa Telephone Directory that had any relationship with the original Stitts family. Now the small town that once basically the headquarters for the giant flea market has expanded into Kanata in the recent years and I am wondering how many Stitts are left in the area.



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

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.


Stitts of Stittsville–Click here







Clipped from Juniata Sentinel,  07 Sep 1870, Wed,  Page 1




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  23 Feb 1903, Mon,  Page 5


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 17 Sep 1927, Sat,
  3. Page 2


Somewhere in Ashton-The Ashton Curmudgeon

The Ashton Funeral to end all Funerals

Did Anyone Ever Have Fun in Ashton? Ashton 101

Did Anyone Have Fun in Ashton? Part 2- The Fleming House