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Putting Leckie’s Corners Back on the Map — The Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings

Putting Leckie’s Corners Back on the Map —  The Buchanan Scrapbook Clippings
With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

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

Photo below from Tweedsmuir History Book 1– Ramsay W.I.

Remembering Leckie’s Corners 1887

Stories of Ramsay Township– Leckies Corner’s – James Templeton Daughter’s 1931

Remembering Leckie’s Corners 1887

Tidbits About Ramsay S.S. #9 The Tannery School

The House on the Hill — Up the 8th Line of Ramsay — Jaan Kolk Files

Some Cold Hard Facts- First Tailor in Ramsay and a Cow Without a Bell

Stories of Ramsay Township– Leckies Corner’s – James Templeton Daughter’s 1931

Stories of Ramsay Township– Leckies Corner’s – James Templeton Daughter’s 1931


There are in Ottawa at the present time two ladies, in their eighties and nineties, who are able to tell interesting stories of Ramsay township which is just outside of Almonte, and of Almonte itself. These sisters are Mrs. Daniel Ledgerwood (Arnprior) and Mrs. A, A. Gilmour (late of Almonte), wno since the death of her husband some 13 years ago has resided with her daughter. Mrs. J. A. McLachlin, 380 Cooper street.

Mr. A. A. Gilmour was for many years a contractor in Almonte, and Mr. Ledgerwood was for long school teacher who taught in Ramsay and many townships in the Ottawa Valley. Both ladies, by the way, are daughters of the late James Templeton Sr..who at the time of his death in 1899 was one of the grand old men of Almonte town and Ramsay township. He was approaching his 96th year when he died.

James Templeton came to Ramsay township in the year 1842. He was a member of the well known carpet manufacturing firm of Glasgow. The Templeton mills of Glasgow, by the way, are still in operation (1931). Prior to coming to Canada, James Templeton had served in the famous Black Watch regiment. When James Templeton reached these parts in 1842, he came to Ramsay by way of the Rideau river and wagon to Ramsay he served for about a year in the Wylie general store at Burnside. It was just outside of what is now Almonte, of which in the early days was Shipman’s Falls.

Then James Templeton, though knowing practically nothing farming, took up a bush farm just outside of Almonte on the 8th line of Ramsay. There he farmed for 40 years and by his Scottish frugality amassed a fortune. In 1882 he moved into Almonte, where he lived till 1899, when his death occurred. At the time of his death, the Almonte newspapers referred to Mr. Templeton as Almonte’s “oldest citizen and “grand old man.”

James Templeton was a curler of note. He was a curler for 75 years (learning the roarin’ game in Auld Scotia), and was a member of the Almonte Curling Club for over 50 years. Doubtless Ottawa curlers have played against him.

It may be of interest to know was the second (frame) house which James Templeton erected to replace the log home was still standing in 1931. It was occupied by Mr. Alexander Metcalfe. In 1842, when James Templeton arrived in Ramsay, there were only six houses in Almonte and a log school house which stood at what is now the corner of Bridge and Country streets.

There is a sad note to the history of James Templeton. When he arrived with his little family at Smiths Falls in 1842 after a two months journey from Scotland, his wife had an infant in arms. The child was not well when Smiths Falls was reached. While Mr. Templeton was in Ramsay trying to find a place to locate, the child grew worse. Later the wagon trip over the crude bush roads to Ramsay proved too much for the little one, and within half an hour of the arrival of the family at Shipman’s Falls it passed away. The child’s death made a sad arrival in the new “land”.

When the Templetons arrived In Ramsay there were numerous natives still about. Mrs. Leadgerwood tells of a small band which used to winter in Baird’s Bush on the 8th line of Ramsay near the Templeton home. This band was in charge of an old chief who had the English name of Joe Mitchell. In the summer the Mitchell band used to travel the country as far east as Cornwall, making baskets, etc., and selling them. The natives never interfered with any white settlers. Baird’s bush still stands but the natives are gone.

Mrs. Ledgerwood tells that the first school erected in Ramsay was put up at Leckie’s Corners on the 8th line in 1848. Mrs. Ledgerwood attended this school and the first teacher was a young man named James Mackenzie. She thinks he was from the old land. The pupils used Mavor’s readers and Mavor’s spellers. The next teacher was a man named Minions. She recalls this teacher clearly because he was a lame man and used crutches. But despite his handicap he had full control of the school and got good results.

Leckie’s Corners, as Mrs. Ledgerwood recalls it, consisted of Robert Leckie’s general store, Slattery’s blacksmith shop and Robert Yuill’s tailor shop, school stood on the corner 8th line and a side road. The Leckie store (building and all) is gone, but the old stone blacksmith shop still stands to remind one of the former importance of Leckie’s Corners. In the year 1856 a new stone school was erected about three city blocks distant from the first school. It was this school which Mrs. Gilmour attended.

At the outset this new school was taught by William Lindsay, a young man, son of a local farmer. Two years later came Daniel Ledgerwood, also a young man. Mr. Ledgerwood hailed from Drummond, a few miles from Perth. Young Drummond had not been too long in Ramsay before he met and fell in love with the elder Templeton girl, and the following year they were married. Soon afterwards Mr. Ledgerwood secured a better school in Pembroke and the young couple moved there.

Mr. Ledgerwood was followed for a short time by a young student. Mrs. Gilmour (Margaret Templeton) was then 7 years of age. During the stay of this student an incident occurred which shows how much good judgement a teacher should have. One day little Margaret Templeton was a bit careless in her studies. The teacher by way of getting her attention left his seat and going to the child led her to the door of a dark cupboard. Throwing open the door he asked her how she would like to be put in there with the rats and the dark.”

The child had never seen the in side of the cupboard and did not know what terrors it contained. She started to cry vigorously. Her cries roused the chivalrous spirit of a lame boy named Jack McMorran, a son of Rev. Dr. McMorran, the Presbyterian minister. The lad crept up behind the teacher and the girl, grabbed little Margaret by the hand and had her out of the door before the teacher was aware of his intentions.

The boy took the girl home and Mr. Templeton was a trustee at the time. The boy told his father, Dr. McMorran. The result was an inquiry and the riot act was read to the teacher, who explained of course that he was only trying to frighten the child and really had no thought of actually putting her in the cupboard. As the young man was soon to leave, no more was said. But the point is that though well over 70 years have elapsed since the incident occurred it is still remembered by Mrs. Gilmour.

Both Mrs. Ledgerwood and Mrs. Gilmour tell of the early days of the Auld Kirk, St. Andrew’s, in Ramsay, when Rev. Fairbairn and Rev. Dr. McMorran were the ministers. They have recollections of the long services, which lasted from 11 o’clock till one. They recall the red velvet bag attached to a long handle in which the collection was taken in. Both ladies had recollections of the long services, lengthy sermons and the general severity of the service.

Instead of going home with their parents used to eat their lunch in the church yard and wait till Sabbath school opened about 3 o’clock. The Sabbath school, like the church services, was severe. Each child had to learn during the week and repeat on Sunday, 4 to 5 verses of Scripture. For special occasions they were asked to learn a whole chapter. After school the children walked home. Religion was very severe in those days and the children “couldn’t do anything.”

When James Templeton, Jr., died 9 years ago (1931), it was stated that there were at that time over 200 direct and indirect descendants of the pioneer James Templeton. Mr. and Mrs. James Templeton, Sr . brought up a family of right. Three are itill alive: Mrs. Daniel ledgerwood, Arnprior; Wm. Templeton, Emerson. Man., and Mrs. A. A. Gilmour, Ottawa.

read –The Amazing James Templeton of Almonte

Remembering Leckie’s Corners 1887

Tidbits About Ramsay S.S. #9 The Tannery School

The House on the Hill — Up the 8th Line of Ramsay — Jaan Kolk Files

Some Cold Hard Facts- First Tailor in Ramsay and a Cow Without a Bell

The House on the Hill — Up the 8th Line of Ramsay — Jaan Kolk Files

The House on the Hill — Up the 8th Line of  Ramsay — Jaan Kolk Files


It began with a question to the Lanark County Genealogical Society— Chris Michie asked: “Is there any information on the old house in the bush at the corner of Camelon road and Ramsey concession #8??”

James Scott was listed as a carriage and buggy manufacturer– was this his home at the bottom of the hill? Some people call this the tannery.

Dawn Jones– The Clappertons resided in this house in the 70’s. Ian was his name. His first wife was a teacher of home economics at Naismith. I was sure that he and second wife still lived there. I always thought the Tannery was the school house as that is what we called it. The school house is owned by the MacPherson family


Jaan Kolk That is, I think, in the NW corner of Ramsay Conc. VIII, lot 16. The 1879 Belden Atlas marks a carriage shop at about that location. James Scott, listed as a carriage manufacturer, owned lot 16 in concession VII across the road. Here is crop from the Atlas. 

I presume The Tannery references the tannery marked in the 1879 Belden atlas. As James Scott was listed as a carriage and buggy manufacturer, it would have made sense for him to have a tannery as well.



Ottawa historian Jaan Kolk tried to help, and our local historical gal Jennifer E. Ferris contributed greatly to try and find out who owned the former home.


I felt like I was standing back in time as I walked up the hill accentuated with fences from a time gone by.


The house was not hard to spot, but had the trees been in full foliage. A clear view might have been difficult.

No automatic alt text available.Jennifer E Ferris—1863 map Ramsay twp. Possibly R. Yule with a wee line drawn to the lower box. There is a Robert Yuill on land record at that time on 3/4 of an acre.


It was a house that appeared to have long been empty. The house seemed to be standing on memory alone.


Imperfection is still beautiful, and all I wanted to do is paint sunlight on the side of the door.

Jennifer E Ferris I remember someone living there when I was younger. They had a dog that would bark when you went by on a bike. It looked run down then.

So what can you tell us about this home?

Brian Munro The last resident’s grandson lives in house behind it


When you turn off the main road you have to expect things you would not see every day. These signs were a few feet down the road

Deb Knapton I believe that belonged (belongs) to Barr’s who built the bungalow across the road and whose family built the split level on the same property just ahead up Camelon. I think there used to be a sign on the property placed by the historical society. There were several right at that corner (Leckie’s Corners), pretty sure they have all disappeared.



Photo Jennifer E Ferris-1863 map Ramsay twp




Jo Camelon There was a Camelon family cemetery near there I think.

Thanks to Jaan Kolk and Jennifer E. Ferris for helping out!


Ramsay Township Settler list click here


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Britannia Boat House Doomed— April 1907 Ice Jam –Jaan Kolk Files

Leckie’s corners– thanks to Ramsay” Women’s Institute

Remembering Leckie’s Corners 1887



S.S. No. 9 Ramsay, 1898 – Courtesy of Edna Scott & Jean Macpherson. Seated: Dan Barnes and Wilfred Barnes Standing: Gertie Allen, Eva Shane, Hanna Coon, Julia Burke, Lillian Scott, Eva Coon (in front of Lillian), Edna Scott, Pearl Allen, Orville Allen, Annie Burke, Bertha Craig, Mary Burke, Laura Scott, Alfred Ragsdale, and teacher Edith McKechnie beside her bicycle. Photo-The One Room Schoolhouse

Bustling Leckie’s Corners
Leckie’s Corners on the 8th line of Ramsay Township was once a bustling community with many businesses, a school and three churches. It was once 2 miles from the Brockville & Ottawa Railroad , and a popular much frequented stop. The Tannery and Auld Kirk Church and cemetery are all that is left. Read more here..

LECKIE'S CORNERS. — County Lanark, 8th Concession of Ramsay, 
1887 Business Directory

Cabinetmaker — Kearney, James. 
Cooper — Wright, James. 
General Store — Wilson, George. 
Farmer — Nicholson, Edward. 

Milliner — Cashey, Mrs. Smithery and Forge — Slater, William. Saddler — Drury, Robert Saw Mill — Mansell, Isaac. The Free Church of Scotland and the Established Church of Scotland and Wesleyan Methodists meet for Divine Service.


Afghan knitted by students at S.S. No. 9 Ramsay as part of the war effort, 1943- Courtesy of Ray Barr. Back: Myrna Papineau,

Earl McIntyre, Iris More, Donald Barr, Bob Rollins.

2nd Row: Irene McIntyre, Elsie More, Irene More,

Elizabeth More, Jean McGregor, Ruth Rollins, Ray Barr,

Bert More, Laurie More, John More, Gordie Barr.

Photo-The One Room Schoolhouse





The oldest church built by the Scots still survives, the “Auld Kirk” located on the 8th Line. On January 4, 1836, the first official meeting for Ramsay Township took place in the schoolhouse at Leckie’s Corners, now near the Auld Kirk. John Gemmill, John Dunlop, and James Wilson were elected as the first Commissioners of the new township government. The commissioners were elected annually until 1850, when it changed to Reeves and Councillors, the system that continued through Ramsay’s history. Ramsay was amalgamated in the 1990s to form part of the Town of Mississippi Mills.– North Lanark Regional Museum


Reverend Robert Bell-He taught the public school near Appleton in 1852, and the next year the school at Leckie’s Corners, near Almonte.


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Leckie’s Corners–Mississippi Pride Cheese Factory-Almonte Gazette

Perth Courier, Feb. 10, 1893

The Almonte Gazette says:  “After an illness extending over many months Mrs. Gilbert Cannon passed to her reward on Saturday afternoon last deeply regretted by a wide circle of her friends.  For a considerable time she was confined to her house and for several weeks preceding her death she grew progressively weaker having been unable to take nourishment.

Mrs. Cannon whose maiden name was Susanna Leckie, was born in Scotland in 1828 and came to this country about fifty years ago.  She was a sister to Thomas Leckie for whom “Leckie’s Corners” was called and who edited and managed Almonte’s first newspaper which was established by a joint stock company about 30 years ago.

She lived at Leckie’s Corners with her brother who did business there as a general merchant until her marriage to Mr. Cannon and shortly afterwards Mr. and Mrs. Cannon removed to town and have lived here ever since enjoying the esteem and respect of the community.  Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Irving of Pembroke, the latter a sister of Mr. Cannon, were present at the funeral.


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