supplied by Christine M. Spencer of Northwestern University, Evanston, Il., USA.

NOTE:  There probably ARE errors in the below, print is smudged and hard to read. Also, see previous transcriptions of marriages and deaths, the ones below are only the ones I missed previously.  PLEASE use the information below only as a starting point and verify any dates by other sources.

Bathurst Courier, January 11, 1856

Convictions for the Quarter Ending 31st December, 1855

Assault and Battery:

John McCormick, ten shillings

John Green, one pound

Charles Merrick, one pound

Elizette Perraut, five shillings

Threatening to Kill:

John Keho, bound to keep the peace for one year


William Smith, bound to keep the peace for one year

Abraham Bowland, five shillings

William McAdam, one shilling

John Donnelly, one shilling

Default of Statute Labor

Walter Elliott, five shillings

Samuel Thompson, ten shillings


James Nowlan, five shillings

Leaving Employment:

Joseph Piche, ten shillings

Neglect of Statute Labor

Martin Sheady, five shillings

Profane Swearing

Thomas Ryers

Bathurst Courier, January 18, 1856

Married, on the 3rd inst., by Rev. P.P. Pomeroy, Mr. William Sloane of Perth to Miss Ellen Hawkshaw of Brockville.

Died, on the 14th ult., at Ennisville, Rose Ann Wright in the 59th year of her age.

Married, on the 18th inst., by Rev. William Bell, Mr. Francis Allan to Miss Mary Ann Moodie.

Married, on the 22nd inst., by Rev. William Bain, Mr. James White to Miss Ann Fidlar, second daughter of Mr. Samuel Fidler all of Bathurst.

Bathurst Courier, Feb. 1, 1856

The house of J. McLaughlin, Jr., of Middleville was destroyed by fire on the 11th inst.  The fire originated in the upper story of the building which was occupied as a carpenter’s shop and the building being of wood the flames spread so rapidly that little moveable property was saved. The premises were not insured.

We understand that the heirs of the late John Livingston have received from the Canada Life Assurance Company 1,000 pounds being the sum for which his life was insured about nine months before his death.  Every man who is at all anxious to provide for his family in case of accident should insure his life.  W.R.F. Berford, Agent for the Canada Life Company in this town.

Bathurst Courier, Feb. 1, 1856

Valuable Property For Sale:  The subscriber, desirous of closing his business at Smith’s Falls offers the undermentioned for sale:

Village Lot 93 on Main Street on which is erected a two story frame house with kitchen, wash house, brick bake ovens, well and cistern.

Lot 110 directly in the rear of the above facing William Street on which is erected a carriage maker’s shop with frame barn and stable.

Lot 153(?)193(?) on the corner of William and Mary Street on which is erected a dwelling house, kitchen, wash house and other outbuildings.

Henry Lake

Bathurst Courier, Feb. 8, 1856

For Sale:  The valuable property at present occupied by the subscriber as a tinsmith’s shop and dwelling house with other outbuildings.  William McLeod

Valuable Property For Sale:  The lot and premises on Main Street, Lanark Village, at present occupied by Livingston and Robertson as a merchant’s shop.  Also, one acre of land situated on Main Street, Lanark Village being a corner lot.  It has a new two story frame building 60’x30’ and is an excellent stand for any kind of public business.  John Craig

Bathurst Courier, Feb. 15, 1856

On the 4th inst., a little two year old boy, son of John Craig, Lanark, while playing in the kitchen fell backwards into a tub of boiling water and was so severely scalded that he died a few hours after.  A sad warning to parents to be more careful of their children.

A young lad, son of Mr. Burns of Burgess, while at Elliott’s Mills with his father, approached a revolving shaft so closely that it caught his clothes and held him fast, whirling him round and striking his legs against the hopper.  The mill was stopped and the boy taken off when it was found both his thighs and arms were broken.  Hopes are entertained for his recovery.

Bathurst Courier, Feb. 22, 1856

The Free Church soiree came off according to the announcement on Tuesday last.  The attendance was good considering the state of the roads.  Addresses were delivered by Rev. Messrs. Aitken, Cameron McDowell and Grey which were both interesting and informative.  The singing under the management of Dawson Kerr, Jr., was admirable and contributed in no small manner to the entertainment of the evening.  The refreshments were excellent and served round in abundance.

Died, on the 20th inst., Betsey Lever, daughter of Peter Lever of Bathurst

Bathurst Courier, Feb. 29, 1856

Birth, on the 23rd inst., the wife of John Motherwell, Esq., of Bathurst, of a daughter.

Birth, in this town on the 26th inst., the wife of Mr. R.L. Corry, of a son.

Married, at Lanark on the 8th inst., by Rev. H. Lancashire, James Dick to Janet Streach(?).

Married, by the same, Mr. John McPhee to Miss Margaret Lett.

Bathurst Courier, March 7, 1856

Married, on the 28th Feb., by Rev. William Bell, Mr. William Davidson to Miss Ellen Hunter, both of Perth.

Married, on the 20th Feb., by the same, Mr. Samuel Reid to Miss Euphemia Paul, both of Ramsay.

Bathurst Courier, March 14, 1856

A man by the name of Allan was killed by the falling of a tree while chopping in the bush in the Township of Ross.  He was an American and has no relations in this part of the country that anyone knows of.

Shakespeare Club will meet next Friday evening debating the issue “Should we have sectarian schools in Canada”.  A full attendance of members is requested.  Officers:  President:  A.W. Playfair  Vice Presidents:  T. Jamieson and H.S. Leckie  Secretary:  Joseph Deacon  Treasurer:  T. McCaffrey, Jr.

Bathurst Courier, April 11, 1856

We understand that the boiler in the steam mills by Messrs. Eastman & McEwen in North Gower exploded on the 2nd inst.  The buildings were blown to pieces and four men were killed and seven hurt.  The names of the killed are William Eastman, N. McEwen, Jas. Barr and a young man named Graham.

In consequence of the 17th March falling in Holy Week this year the festivities of the Patrol Saint of Ireland, there was be no celebration until Thursday, 3rd April, when the Catholics of this place celebrated for the first time their favorite anniversary in a very creditable and praiseworthy manner and as it may prove interesting to those who were not present to give some account of the manner in which the festivities of that day passed over we will endeavor to do so briefly.  First in order, a procession was formed at the old church at 10:00 and proceeded to the new church.  The day was unfavorable and the streets very muddy which prevented many from attending that under other circumstances would have been present.  Marshalls on foot accompanied, wearing on their breasts very handsome badges.  In front marched the children of the Catholic school about 100 in number and next followed the Perth St. Patrick’s Brass Band, wearing beautiful badges presented them for this occasion and in the rear from 500 to 600 of the male portion of the congregation each with a shamrock conspicuous in his coat or hat, the national emblem of the Irishman.  The new church, which is capable of holding 1,000, was pretty well crowded, seats, aisles and every available space was filled.  A good sprinkling of our Protestant friends were observable, some, no doubt, attracted there by the beautiful strains of music from the Band led by their efficient band master, Mr. Wilson; others again from a curiosity such a celebration being quite a novelty in our town.   Grand High Mass was celebrated by the Very Rev. J.H. McDonagh, assisted by Rev. Dr. Madden, Deacon, the Rev. Mr. Foley of Westport at Sub-Deacon, the ceremony was grand and imposing.  After the service, the procession formed again and marched back to the old church where they gave three cheers for “Old Ireland” and three cheers for “Queen Victoria”, three cheers for the “Governor General”, and three cheers for the “Band”, and three cheers for the “Very Rev. J. H. McDonagh” and then dispersed for their homes.  Many an Irish heart was gladdened on this occasion.  Venerable men with bleached locks and bended form were visible in the procession; young men elated with joy at the first and with hopes that it might not be the last time they would celebrate their national festival.  According to previous arrangement, a dinner came off at Patrick Doobie’s Hotel in the evening. Seventy sat down to a most sumptuous entertainment at 7:00 and in fact without exaggeration the dinner was excellent.  The chair was filled by the Very Rev. J. H. McDonagh; on his right hand sat Rev. Dr. Vaughan and Michael Brown, Esq.; on his left Richard Shaw, Esq., and John Doran, Esq.  The vice chair was filled by Michael Stanley, Esq. and on his right Very Rev. Dr. Madden; second vice chair was occupied by James Lenihan, Esq.

New Boot and Shoe Store

R. Allan & H. Rupert

Auction Sale Real Estate

The well known stand on the corner of Gore and Harvey Street, owned by the creditors of William Lock will be sold on the 1st day of July at 1:00 p.m. by the order of the Committee

John Murrey

For Sale or To Let:  Those two superior frame houses on Gore Street, Perth, a few doors down from the Free Church, presently occupied by Mr. White and Mr. Botsford; ¼ acre of land attached to each on which are excellent stables and back premises.  Andrew Walker, Clothier, D’Arcy Street

Return of Convictions for the Quarter Ending 1st April, 1856

Assault and Battery:

John Connelly, five shillings, municipality of Smith’s Falls

John James, three shillings, six pence

Michael and Edward Leary(?) Lenry(?), one pound

James Morris, ten shillings

Martin Wright, ten shillings

Henry Becket, ten shillings

John Murphy, five shillings

David Fisher, one pound, five shillings

Edward Dowdall, five shillings

Bernard Cathcart, two pounds, ten shillings

Profane Swearing

Charles Stewart, one shilling

Threatening to Beat and Abuse

Alexander Smith, bound to keep the peace for one year


John McCreary, one shilling, thre pence

Louis Hennult, five shillings

Disturbing a School

Robert Miller, ten shillings

Evading Payment of Taxes

Alexander McKinley, David Spalding, William Palmer, James Jack, and Robert Charles, five shillings each

Breach of ByLaws Profane Swearing and Scandal

John Torran, five shillings and Francis Murray, ten shillings

Assault and Profane Swearing

Isaac Watt, twelve shillings

Leaving Employ

Felix Du Frene, two pounds—committed to gaol

Trespass and Damage

Donald McEwen, five shillings

Furious Driving on the Highway

Stephen Holliday, one pound, five shillings

John Holliday, four pounds, ten shillings

Assault on the Highway

Michael Command, ten shillings

Disorderly Conduct

James Conlan, ten shillings

Bathurst Courier, April 18, 1856

Sheriff’s Sale of Land:  Writ of Fieri Facias against the lands and tenements of William Mackie at the suit of John Baird; seized NE ¼ and SW ¼ Lot 25, 4th Concession Pakenham, 100 acres

Died, at Castleford, County Renfrew 20th March, after a protracted illness of much suffering which he bore with Christian fortitude and resignation, Peter O’Neil, postmaster, aged 51(?) 61(?).  The deceased was a brother of the late highly respected Thomas O’Neil, Esq., and was a person of assuming and retiring habits feeling a great delight in communicating with his God in the closet moreso than mingling in the company of a profane crowd—and was held in great esteem.  The late Mr. O’Neil was a zealous member of the Free Church from which he has been removed by the Great King and head of the Church to the Upper Sanctuary.  G.R.

Bathurst Courier, April 25, 1856

List of Constables for the Year 1856

Perth:  Anthony Wiseman, High Constable; William Gill, John McMaster, John Bond(?), John Wright, John Byrne, John Brown, John Stewart, George Graham, George Curry, William Moore, Nicholas Brown.

Drummond:  James Bothwell(or Bathwell), James Glen, William Churchill, John Stafford, Thomas Horax, Robert Blair, Coslin Bathwell (or Bothwell).

North Elmsley:  Charles O’Hara, John O’Hara, John Hogg

Smith’s Falls:  John Drew, John Richey, Robert Girvin, Henry Landon, Edward Chalmers.

North Burgess:  Thomas Byrne, Francis O’Neil, Philip White, George McCullough

Beckwith—David McNab, Waler Scott, Richard Gilully (or Gilhuly), William Nolan, Hugh Houston, Peter Watson, John Morris, William Gibson.

Ramsay:  John Lang, William Gilmour, Dugald McEwen, James Rae (or Roe), James Wallace, William Sutherland, John Kilpatrick

Pakenham:  John Ayre, James Otherson, James Quigley, William Tait

Darling:  John Robb, John Camelon

Pembroke:  James Legerwood, John King, George Curry, Richard Dopson

Lanark:  Jacob Gallanger, Francis Turner, James Wallace, 13th Line, Alexander Libbitt

South Sherbrooke:  Thomas Mose(?), Cornelius McMunn

Dalhousie and North Sherbrooke:  Thomas Dunlop, Daniel Geddes

Bathurst:  John Manion, Peter Lever, George Buffam

Bathurst Courier, May 2, 1856

Died, on the 28th ult., Duncan McLean, infant son of John McLean, Drummond, aged six months.

Married, on the 21st inst., by Rev. William Bell, Alexander McDonald to Margaret Crawford, both of Perth.

Hatter and Furrier:  John Bangs

For Sale:  Lots 9 & 10, 2nd Concession North Sherbrooke.  There is a large frame barn and a good dwelling house and other outbuildings erected on the place.  The land is well watered and fenced.  Duncan McConachie

Boot and Shoe Shop:  Samuel Dyde

Bathurst Courier, May 9, 1856

Died, on the 8th inst., Duncan McDonald, son of Duncan McDonald, aged 17 years.

Land For Sale:  Lot 21, 6th Concession Elmsley, 180 acres.  Convenient to Oliver’s Ferry and about five miles from Perth.  John Doran

New Tin Shop:  Botsford & Godkin

Bathurst Courier, May 16, 1856

Birth, on the 5th(?) inst., Mrs. William Moore, of a son.

Birth, on the 7th  inst., Mrs. (illegible) Campbell, of a daughter.

Birth, on the 14th inst., Mrs. Richard Shaw of a son

Birth, on the 14th inst., Mrs. J. McLean Bell of a son.

Birth, on the 11th (?) inst., Mrs. John McManus of Drummond, of a daughter.

Bathurst Courier, May 23, 1856

Married at Lanark Village on the 13th inst., by Rev. H. Lancashire, Mr. James Turnbull to Mrs. Andas(?), widow.

Married, on the 16th inst., by the same, Mr. James Richardson to Miss Elizabeth Alstone.

Died, in this town on Sunday, 18th inst., Agnes Dobbie, wife of David Dobbie, aged 28.

Died, on Saturday, 17th inst., Anna Maria Tosh, infant daughter of John Tosh, baker.

Died, on the 21st inst., Andrew Sym, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, aged 41.

Bathurst Courier, June 6, 1856

Birth, in this town, on Monday, 26th May, the wife of John Deacon, Esq., Mayor of Perth, of a son.

Birth, on Friday, 30th May, the wife of J. H. Field, artist, of a daughter.

Birth, at the village of Portage du Fort, on the 31st ult., the wife of Mr. W.D. Carmichael, safely delivered of a girl and both are doing well.

Bathurst Courier, June 13, 1856

Died, on Tuesday, May 20 in the 31st year of his age, Donald G.(?) Frazer, only son of Mr. William Frazer of Drummond.

Bathurst Courier, June 20, 1856

Died, Friday last, Andrew Shaw Allan, 27 years, one month

Now we at death must part

How keen, how deep the pain

But we shall still be joined in heart

And hope we meet again.

Bathurst Courier, July 4, 1856

Birth, in this town on the 30th(?) ult., Mrs. J.K. Fairbairn of a son.

Bathurst Courier, July 4, 1856

Married, on the 26th(?) June, by Rev. William Bell, Duncan McLaren to Miss Jane Boyd, both of Drummond.

Married, on the 25th ult., by Rev. William Bain, Mr. Henry Turnbull, tailor, Easton’s Corners, to Miss Helen Allan, daughter of James Allan, farmer, Burgess.

Married, on the 26th (?) ult., by the same, John Frazer of Drummond to Miss Marjory McIntyre, youngest daughter of the late Finlay McIntyre, Drummond.

Married, on the 2nd inst., by the same, Mr. Thomas Caton, millwright, Lanark, to Miss Mary Bell of Perth.

Married, on the 19th ult., by rev. D.C. McDowell, at the residence of the bride’s father, John Poole, eldest son of Thomas Poole, Esq., Drummond, to Miss Alice White, of the same place.

Married, by the same on the 27th ult., at the residence of the bride’s father, William Steadman Jr., of Drummund to Miss Elizabeth Best, second daughter of George Best, Esq., of Elmsley.

Bathurst Courier, July 11, 1856

Return of Convictions for the Quarter Ending 1st July, 1856


James Deacon, three pounds, eight shillings

Michael McGinnis, six shillings

William McCullough, one pound

Congregating and Assembling On The Sidewalk

William Lowther, Jas. Foster, Edward Jones, John Cox and William Ballantyne, one pound each.

Assault and Battery:

William Burgess, Sr., ten shillings

William Burgess, Jr., six shillings

Francis Murray, Jr., ten shillings

James Armstrong, one pound five shillings

Moses Armstrong, one pound, five shillings

Michael McGinnis, three pounds

William Lowther, case dismissed


Robert Stone, case dismissed

Alexander McLeod, five shillings

Disorderly Conduct:

James Ferrier, five shillings

Obstructing the Street:

James Mair, Sr., five shillings

Selling Liquor Without a License

M. Murphy, three pounds, ten shillings

Bathurst Courier, August 1, 1856

It is our melancholy duty to mention the death of the late David Dobbie of this town (tailor).  A coroner’s inquest was held on the body by Robert Muirhead, Esq., Coroner and a verdict rendered:  “That the deceased came to his death by drowning while in a state of intoxication on or about the 10th inst.”

Bathurst Courier, August 8, 1856

Birth, at Lanark, on the 5th inst., the wife of A.G. Hall, Esq., of a daughter.

Married, on the 31st July by Rev. William Bell, Mr. William Morphy to Miss Margaret Campbell, both of Carleton Place

Halloways Ointment:  By the aid of a microscope we see millions of little openings on the surface of our bodies.  Through these, this ointment when rubbed on the skin, is carried to any organ or inward part.  Diseases of the kidneys, liver, asthma, coughs and colds are cured.  Sore legs, sore breasts, wounds and ulcers, piles and fistulas cured.


Bathurst Courier, August 22, 1856.

Married, at Lanark on the 6th inst., by Rev. H. Lancashire, Mr. James Hamilton to Miss Jane L. McIlraith

I lo’ed a proud lassie—I lo’ed her for lang—

I woo’d her wi’ pipe and I woo’d her wi’ sang’

I woo’d her by streamlet and boony green shaw;

I woo’d her at kirk and at market and a’;

I proffered nae gowd and I offered nae gear,

I proffered her naught but a heart a’ sincere;

But gin’ I came near her wi’ head cast ajee;

She cried “play your pranks wi’ some ither than me”.

I heaved mony sighs and I shed mony tears

For moments o’ hopes o’ hae towmands o’ fears;

I gazed an’ I gapit wi’ heart loupin’ fu’

My words were sae back that they stuck in my mou’

But her lips o’ coral an’ bosom o’ snaw

Seemed bard on the ice that nae summer could thaw

For ‘gin I came near her wi’ head case ajee

She cries “play your pranks with some ither than me”.

Last week on the hairst rig we share side by side

I ettled wi’ kindness to soften her pride

I share a’ week for mysel’ and’ her too

An’ left the bit lassie but little to do

But truth how my heart lept when down ‘many the corn

She ask’t me to pick frae her wee hand a thorn

Her head on my bosom fu’ soon fell ajee

She sighs “give your love to nae ither than me”.

Wi’ deeds, no wi’ words thus I won my sweet bride

For kindness gets kindness as floods swell the tide

An’ he who would marry the lassie he lo’es

May say what he likes but maun mind what he does;

For virtue is midest an’ near kin to pride—

She’s well worth the winning whose head’s cast ajee

And cries “play your pranks wi’ anither than me.”

Bathurst Courier, August 29, 1856

Married, on the 21st inst., at St. James Church, Kemptville, by Rev. R. Lewis, Mr. William McLarin Shaw, Esq., barrister-at-law, Perth, to Miss Eliza Dunham, daughter of Mr. Lewis Dunham, Esq., of Kemptville.

Died on the 20th inst., at his residence near Arnprior Township, McNab, Alexander Goodwin, in the 96th year of his age, a native of Kilsyth, Sterlingshire, Scotland.  The deceased came to Canada in 1821 with the Dalhousie and Lanark settlers and has had 16 children, more than forty grandchildren and twenty two great grandchildren and it is proper to add that he died strong in that faith which he has long professed and which the Gospel along can give.

Bathurst Courier, September 12, 1856

Militia Appointments

Sedentary Militia Military District #1, Upper Canada

Third Battalion Lanark

To Be Captains:

Lt. Duncan Campbell, vice Weatherhead, left limits

Lt. Archibald Goodfellow, vice Christie, left limits

Lt. Thomas Cairns, vice Breckenridge, left limits

Lt. Richard Shaw, vice Alexander McFarlane, who is permitted to retire retaining his rank

Lt. James Holliday vice James Waddle, who is permitted to retire retaining his rank

To Be Lieutenants:

Ensign James Cameron, vice Loucks, left limits

Ensign James Allan, vice Roy, left limits

Ensign George McCulloch

Quartermaster William B. Carroll from 3rd Leeds

Charles Graham Sache and James Shaw, gentlemen

To Be Ensigns:

Rufus S. Collins, vice Stanley, left limits

James W. Cusswell(?), Daniel Tierney and James Armstrong, gentlemen

To Be Adjutant:

Lt. Charles Graham Sache, vice F.G. Sache who resigns the adjutancy only

To Be Quartermaster:

Arthur Wall, gentleman

Birth, on the 4th August, at Harperbay(?), C.W., the wife of Mr. Archibald Currie, merchant of a son(?).

Bathurst Courier, October 10, 1856

John S. Coombs, Chemist & Druggist

List of Letters Remaining at the Perth Post Office as of October 1, 1856

Allan, John, Andison, William; Armstrong, James; Balance, Mrs. W.C.; Barrie, George; Bell, Mrs. Ann; Boyce, Lyman B.; Brush, John; Buckley, Timothy; Buffam, William; Caldwell, Alexander; Caron, Edward; Carson, Robert; Carter, James; Chaplain,Dinex; Clark, Robert; Clotin, Mary; Conroy, John; Conway, Patrick; Cowie, Isaac; Cook, Benjamin; Curry, John; Curry, N.S.; Delne, Thomas; Donovan, Ellen; Donley, Mrs. Alice; Dawson, Betsey; Ellins, William; Ennis, James; Ennis, Arthur; England, William; Erven, Thomas; Fairbairn, Henry; Ferguson, John, Esq.; Forde, James; Foster, James; Gallagher, Hugh; Gallagher, Mrs. John; Gilker(?), John; Griffin, Patrick; Greenley, Miss Jane; Harrison, William, Oso; Hattie, Andrew; Henrry, Alexander; Helford, Mr.; Hogan, Richard; Kirkpatrick, Miss Marion; Kerry, John; Lane, Kessiah; Leland, Joseph (2); Lequedre, Urbein; Leach, George; Mansfield, George; Mathison, Thomas; Macye, Owen; Michlin, C.; Munson, John; Millar, Peter; Michael, Ludwig; Miller, Merne; Morron, James; Monroe, Nancy L.; Morrell, R.D.; Morris, James; Moore, John; Mullin, Michael; Murphy, Michael; Murphy, Catherine; McLehon, R.; McDonald, Catherine; McCumsky, Mrs.; McCowan, Neil; McGilvery, Laughlin (3); McKenzie, Andrew; McJackson, Alexander; McLeod, William; McLaren, Robert; McLaren, Alexander; McLoud, John; McLaren & Company, William P.; McPherson, William; O’Brien, William; Oliver, Henrietta; Parker, George, Patterson, Mrs. Manias (2); Peel, James; Pollock, Margaret; Porter, David (3), Quinn, William; Preston, John, Sr.; Rankin, Margaret; Rees, Benjamin; Ritchie, Adam; Richardson, Janet; Richards, Samuel; Robertson, R.; Rodger, John; Robertson, James, Esq.; Rutherford, Miss M.A.; Ryan, Thomas; Samuel, Matthew; Scott, William; Scott, John; Shuttle, William; Smith, Gerrard; Smith, John; Smart, James; Spaulding, Francis; Steltan, Andrew; Story, T.; Taylor, Thomas; Tevin, Patrick; Tensut, W.; Thompson, Henry; Thompson, Mrs.; Trainer, Mrs. Mary; Ward, John; Wattle, John; Walker, Andrew; Wilson, Sarah; Wilson, James; Williams, Thomas; Young, Archibald

Bathurst Courier, October 24, 1856

Married, at Smith’s Falls on the 15thinst., by Rev. V. Aitkon of the U.(?) P.(?) Church, Mr. James Wylie, Esq., of Ramsay to Miss Rebecca Maitland, daughter of James Matiland, Esq., Kilmarnock

Bathurst Courier, December 12, 1856

On the morning of Monday, 1st inst., a most melancholy accident occurred.  While two young men, Thomas and John Gallagher, sons of Thomas Gallather of Bathurst, were walking on the ice out on the Mississippi River, the ice gave way beneath them and they were plunged into the cold stream and drowned.  It appears that they were crossing a bay on the river where the ice generally is worse than in other places.  The cap of John Gallather and an axe he was carrying were found several yards from the hold in the ice from where they broke in from which it is inferred that his brother Thomas must have broken into the ice first and that he laid his cap and axe on the ice and ran to assist his brother out and then broke or slipped in himself.  Both being then in the water with their winter clothing on and no one present to help them, the day extremely cold and the water colder, they perished. They were on their way to Mr. Charles’ and were not to be home until the following Saturday and consequently were not missed for a whole week.  The bodies were both lifted out of he water last Sunday they appeared when taken out of the water just as fresh as when they had gone down the week before.  The water was about 14 feet where they were drowned.  They were two young men who were well liked and much loved by their parents who bitterly deplore the sad and untimely end that snatched away in the prime of their lives their two sons.  Thomas was 22 years of age and John was 20 being the eldest and second eldest sons of Mr. Gallagher.  The funeral took place on Tuesday the 9th inst., and was the largest we have ever seen in Perth for a long time.

Return of Convictions for the Period Ending November 30, 1856

Refusing to Pay a Servant:

William Merrick, one pound, ten shillings

Profane Swearing:

William Merrick, three shillings, six pence

Thomas Willoughby, three shillings

Samuel Long, two shillings

Ellen Long, Robert Long, Omer Dillabough, Jacob Dillabough, Robert Murphy, Patrick Fagan, one shilling each

Isaac Wall, two shillings

Neglect to Perform Statute Labor

James Becket, five shillings

Robert Stoddart, five shillings

William Stoddart, ten shillilngs

Charles Cheaters, ten shillilngs

Refusing to Perform Statute Labor

Charles Cuswick, five shillings

Keeping a Noisy, Riotous and Disorderly House in the Town of Perth

On the Lord’s Day

Hugh McMullin, Innkeeper, License to keep an inn in Perth abrogated


William Cuswick, three shillings

Charles Cuswick, five shillings

Isaac Wall, five shillings

Omer Dillabough, five shillings

Jacob Dillabough, five shillings

John Burrows, ten shillings

Michael Mulvihill, five shillings

Thomas Dickey, five shillings

William Horricks, Jr., five shillings

William Oliver, one pound, ten shillings

Gilbert Currie, one pound, ten shillings

Truman Ingraham, ten shillings

Godfrey Bell, ten shillings

Hugh Beverage, one pound, five shillings

John McNeel, one pound, ten shillings

Finlay McLaren, ten shillings

O.H. Gamsby, five shillings

Patrick Quinn, one shilling

Bernard Hanlan, one pound, five shillings

Eustache Blache, ten shillings

Wilson Rose, one shilling

Bull Running on the Highway, Hogs Running at Large

William Burgour, five shillings

Rescuing a Prisoner

John Holoran, five shillings

Breach of Bylaws of Municipality

John Robinson, Laurence Dowdall, Robert Anderson, John Island, William Hughes, John Hughes, Alexander McKay and Andrew Lenton, five shillings each

James Anderson, Causland Bathwell and William Millikan, ten shillings each

Assault and Battery:

Sarah Burris, one shilling

George Hetherington, five shillings

Francis Hetherington, five shillings

Sevare Delure, five shillings

John Hickey, ten shillings

Alexander Sampson, five shillings

William Morrow, twelve shillings, six pence

Robert Murphy, ten shillings

Violent Assault

Daniel Scully, one pound

Breach of Peace on the Sabbath

Michael Lee, three pounds, ten shillings

John McGlade, one pound, five pence

Disorderly Conduct

William Finan, discharged

Martin Hedderman, five shillings

Selling Liquor Without a License

Benedict Drow(?), one pound

Drunk and Disorderly

Terence Quinn, discharged

Bathurst Courier, December 19, 1856

The Bonnet, Kilt and Feather

A Song from St. Andrew’s Even

“Wha’ll Be King But Charlie?”

While round us here of Albindean

Such thrilling memories gather

‘Twere scarcely meet could we forget

The Bonnet, Kilt and Feather


O Dear to me as life can be

The land where blooms the heather

And doubly dear the lads who wear

The bonnet, kilt and feather

When time was young and Adam strong

His leafy garb together

When first were placed the outlines grand

Of bonnet, kilt and feather.


Your dandy vaunts his skin tight pants

Just fit such things to tether

But give to me all flow’ glee

The bonnet, kilt and feather.


For lourdly hail or courtly ball

Where all those grand forgather

Thinks nothing seen to match the sheen

Of bonnet, kilt and feather.


The gorgeousness of Sol’men’s dregs

Put Sheba’s Queen thro’ ither

A proof to me His Majesty

Dress’d in the kilt and feather.


Let despots all both great and small

Who wish to save their leather

Beware how they come in the way

Of bonnet, kilt and feather.


Let Adam’s height – Bal’clava’s fight

Suffice to show you whether

There is naught to fear for freedom where

Is seen the kilt and feather.


At Intermann the Russ’ came on

Like fiends from regions nether

Yet there in blood victorious stood

The Bonnet, kilt and feather.


If awe or fear came ever near

The Corsican blood-shedder

It was to scan the battle’s van

The bonnet, kilt and feather


On Egypt’s sands they taught his bands

To rue they e’re went thither

At Waterloo immortal grew

The bonnet, kilt and feather.


Bathurst Courier, January 9, 1857

Married, at the residence of William Morris, Esq., Greenlaw, McNab, on the 2nd inst., by Rev. George Thomson, A.M., Mr. George Smith, Esq., of Westmeath to Miss Anne Maria Cameron, daughter of the late William Cameron, Esq., of Ottawa.

Bathurst Courier, January 30, 1857

Sheriff’s Sale of Lane:  Writ of Fieri Facias against the lands and tenements of James Byrne, in favor of Michael Stanley and Philip White, seized NE part and ½ of Lot 15, 9th Concession North Burgess

Married, on the 28th isn’t., by Rev. William Bell, Mr. James Condie of Montague to Miss Mary Ann Rae of Bathrust.

Bathurst Courier, Feb. 6, 1857

Married, at the residence of the bride’s father, on the morning of the 3rd isn’t., by Rev. Alexander Pyne, A.B., Rector, Perth, Mr. George Burton Hopper of Nepean to Miss Eliza Watson, third daughter of Mr. Henry Watson of Drummond.

Married, by Rev. William Bain, on the 3rd inst., Francis Spalding, farmer, Bathurst to Miss Margaret Weir, eldest daughter of Mr. William Weir of the same township.

Birth, on the 30th ult., Mrs. Archibald Thomson, of a daughter.

Bathurst Courier, Feb. 13, 1857

An old man by the name of Edward Balland(?) Rolland(?) who resides about a mile from this town on the 2nd Line Drummond met his death one day last week in the following manner.  It appears that he had gone into town and being of intemperate habits, got intoxicated, when he managed to get home (he living by himself in a small shanty) where it appears he lay down on the floor without covering himself and when he awoke in the morning he found that both his legs were frozen up to his body and being unable to walk he endeavored to crawl to the nearest neighbor and in doing so his hands were badly frozen and he died shortly afterwards.  Another instance of the effects of intemperance.

Bathurst Courier, Feb. 13, 1857

Married, by Rev. D.C. McDowell, on the 2nd inst., at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. John Balderson to Mrs. Mary Houston, both of Drummond.

Married, by the same on the 4th inst., at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. Abraham Jackson of Lanark Township to Miss Mary James, youngest daughter of Thomas James, Esq., of Drummond.

Married, by the same, on the 11th inst., Donald McIntyre to Miss Margaret Gould, eldest daughter of James Gould, Esq., all of Drummond.

Ae Gude Turn Deserves Anither

By James Ballantine

Ye maunna be proud although ye be great

The puirest bodie is still your brither

The king may come in the cadger’s gate;

Ae gude turn deserves anither

The hole o’ us rise frae the same cauld clay

As hour we bloom as hour we wither

Let ilk ither to climb the brae

Ae gude turn deserves anither

The highest among us are unco wee

Frae heaven we get a’ gifts the gather

Hoard no, man what ye got sae free

Ae gude turn deserves anither

Life is a weary journey along

Blythe’s the road we wend wi’ ither

Mutual ge’ing is mutual gain

Ae gued turn deserves anither.

Bathurst Courier, January 16, 1857

A soiree was held in the Wesleyan Methodist Church in this place on the evening of Wednesday last.  Although the evening was intensely cold the attendance was very large indeed the church was completely crowded.  The interior of the building had been tastefully decorated with evergreens, flowers, etc., which had a very pleasing effect.  The refreshments were of the very best description and were handed round in abundance.  The chair was occupied by J. Deacon, Jr., Esq., and addresses were delivered during the evening by Rev. Messrs. Burns, Bell,Gray, Bain and Davis.  The whole meeting was highly satisfactory and gave pleasure to all who attended.  Standard

Bathurst Courier, January 16, 1857

We regret to announce that the dwelling house of Rev. W. Burns at Playfair Mills was entirely destroyed by fire on the evening of Wednesday last, the 4th.  It is supposed that the fire originated from a place which was used as a receptacle for ashes.  It was first discovered about 12:00 on Wednesday night and so rapid was the progress of the flames that Mr. Burns did not succeed in saving but a small portion of the contents of the house.  Standard.

Bathurst Courier, Feb. 20, 1857

Dissolution of Partnership:  Ward and Foster 

James Foster

Property For Sale:  The subscriber offers for sale two acres of land in the Village of Lanark being corner lots on Main Street.  There are two story frame houses on each lot one of them being occupied by the subscriber and is an excellent situation for any kind of business. John Craig

Farm For Sale:  In Burgess—the farm is well fenced and has a fine orchard on which are good outbuildings and a dwelling house situated on the Kingston and Perth macadamized road.  James Byrne

Bathurst Courier, Feb. 27, 1857

Married, on the 18th (?) 19th (?) inst., by Rev. W. Thomson, at the residence of the bride’s father, Donald Ferguson, Esq., of the Township of Horton, to Mary Ann Prood (?), eldest daughter of Thomas Prood(?), Esq., Councillor, Township of McNab

Died, suddenly at Renfrew on the 21st inst., Marion Forrest, wife of William Dickson, aged 31 years, much and deservedly regretted.

Bathurst Courier, March 6, 1857

The soiree of the Sons of Temperance held in the Music Hall came off on Friday last according to notice.  Notwithstanding the unfavorable sate of the weather and roads the attendance was large and respectable.  John Deacon, Jr., Esq., being called to the chair, after making a few appropriate remarks explained the design of the meeting.  The preliminary steps being taken, music rose from the Reed and String Band with a rich and sweet tone.  Then tea and refreshments of the proper kind and quantities were served round by the waiters who appeared to know what they were about.  Rev. D.C. McDowell and John Playfair addressed the meeting.  The speeches were eloquent and appropriate, the audience signified in frequent applause their enjoyment.  Mr. Campbell and his band performed their part nobly—the music was exquisite.  Mr. McFarlane played upon the bells and contributed much to the evening’s entertainment.  Mr. Allan and choir sang some sentimental and humorous pieces which afforded much merriment, pleased and enlivened the evening.  Harmony and good feeling seemed to pervade the meeting and all appeared well pleased with the proceeding.  On the whole, the soiree was very successful.

A very few days ago a man named Slattery was lodged in the jail here on the warrant of Coroner Wilson, M.D. of Carleton Place charged with the murder of one John Lumsden in the village of Almonte, Ramsay, one day last week.  The two men were in Barbeau’s tavern when Slattery charged Lumsden with having stolen a pair of socks from him.  This caused words and resulted in Slattery’s striking Lumsden and knocking him down and kicking him when down—one kick behind the ear having proved fatal.  Slattery, we understand, bears a good character and appears to be deeply affected at the unfortunate occurrence which has left the crime of murder on his hands.

Bathurst Courier, March 13, 1857

Married, on the (date illegible) inst., James McC - - - - - of S. Sherbrooke to Miss Elizabeth McKerracher of Bathurst.

Birth, on the 24th Feb., ult., at Goderich, the wife of Mr. M. Cameron, Esq., solicitor, of a son.

Bathurst Courier, March 20, 1857

Died, on the 15th (?) inst., Mrs. Margaret McMullen, Perth, aged 56(?) 66(?).

Bathurst Courier, April 3, 1857

Birth, at St. Andrew’s Manse on the 26th (?) inst., the wife of Rev. William Bain, of a son.

Died, at Lanark, on the 25th March, Elizabeth Creighton, wife of Mr. William Creighton, Jr., and 4th daughter of Robert Stead, aged 24.

Bathurst Courier, April 17, 1857

Land for Sale:  East ½ Lot 12, 5th Concession Drummond, about 5 miles from Perth.  About 80 acres cleared and well watered with good house and barn and other buildings. Thomas Kelly

Farm for Sale:  Lot 8 & 8, 3rd Concession Lanark, within four miles of the Village of Lanark and within one mile of Gilles and Drummond’s Grist and Saw Mills.  The land is good and is in a good state of cultivation. Good house and barn.  William Hastie

Sheriff’s Sale of Land:  Writ of Fieri Facias against the lands and tenements of Emma  Taylor at the suit of Dawson Kerr the elder and George Kerr, I have seized the NE ½ of Lot 20, 2nd Concession Beckwith and the East ½ Lot 19, 4th Concession S. Sherbrooke.

For Sale:  NE ½ Lot 11, 10th Concession Drummond, 100 acres.  The lot is one of the best in the township and lies on the road leading from Perth to Ferguson’s Falls at the frame school house.  Mrs. McNicoll

For Sale:  Town lot on Wilson and Mary Streets 73 x 150.  There is a new house on the lot and stable.  Peter McKerracher

Return of Convictions for the quarter January to April, 1857

Assault and Battery

Roderick Dewitt, one shilling, six pence

Angus Fisher, ten shillings

William Lowther, five shillings

Lawrence Curley, one pound, five shillings

Michael Bursosham(?), one pound, five shillings

Hector McLaren, two shillings


William Carberry, two pounds ten shillings

Five shillings each:  Walter Hudson, James Maloney, William Felleter, James Barnett, Francois Pero(?)

Profaning the Lord’s Day

Henry Moffat, one pound, seventeen shillings

Refusing to Work

John Lane, one pound

Obstructing a Street

Robert Cowie and James Williams, five shillings


Nicholas Brown, one pound, five shillings

Disorderly Conduct on the Highway

Robert Heddleson, Jr., one pound, five shillings

Disorderly Conduct

George O’Brien, one pound, five shillings

John Langram, twelve shillings, six pence

Assault and Threatening

John Langram, five shillings

Profane Swearing in Court

John Langram, five pounds

Selling Liquor Without a License

Joseph Perrent(?), Duncan McDonald, Patrick Jordan, five pounds each

Bathurst Courier, April 24, 1857

Died, on the 15th inst., at the residence of Alexander Ferguson, Township of Hibbert, County Perth, his brother Duncan Ferguson, eldest son of John Ferguson, Esq., formerly of Perth, Lanark County, aged 49.

Bathurst Courier, April 24, 1857

One of the most prominent and attractive features at present in Smith’s Falls is the new hotel erected by Levi S. Wilson, Esq.  It is built of brick with cut stone corners and basement and cut stone round the windows.  It is four stories high including the basement story and is a fine specimen of city architecture while the interior is admirably planned both in comfort and convenience.  The bar room, kitchen, etc. are in the basement story.  The second floor is occupied with large reception rooms—the latter, we suppose, capable of seating 200 people comfortably.  The third and fourth stories are composed of family rooms and bedrooms the arrangement of which is for comfort and convenience and is faultless. The hotel as a whole, both inside and outside, we do not think can be surpassed by the best hotel in Canada.  Mr. Wilson, the proprietor, is everything that could be asked for in a landlord—attentive and obliging and always ready and willing to minister to the wants of the public.

Bathurst Courier, May 1, 1857

Trial of Patrick Slattery—convicted of manslaughter, three years in the penitentiary

Married, on the 29th April, by Rev. William Bell, Mr. John Caplan to Miss Margaret Beadley(?), both of North Burgess.

Bathurst Courier, May 29, 1857

Married, at Lanark, by Rev. R.N. Black, Mr. Charles H. Black to Miss Elizabeth Hall (?), only daughter of Robert Hall, Esq., London, England.

Died, on the 19th inst., Janet, wife of John Moderwell, Esq., of Bathurst, aged 38.

Bathurst Courier, June 5, 1857

An inquest was held on Monday last before Coroner Sache on view of the body of an infant child which had been left at the door of Mr. Atkinson early on the previous morning.  It appeared from the evidence that the child’s mother’s name is Mary Thornton and the child was dropped by its grandmother.  It died shortly after being taken in.  The jury returned a verdict of “Death from natural causes”.

On the 31st ult., Mrs. Cuthbertson, a person about 60 years of age, living on the 10th Concession Drummond, being left at home with a girl about 14 years old, lost her life (as is supposed) by her clothing accidentally catching fire.  She requested the girl to go and see if the pigs had not strayed into the fields and after an absence of about twenty minutes she returned and found Mrs. Cuthbertson on the floor and her clothes nearly all consumed.  There were two pails of water in the house at the time which had evidently  been used by the unfortunate sufferer—fruitless endeavors to quench the flames.

Bathurst Courier, June 12, 1857

Died, suddenly on the 6th inst., at the residence of her son-in-law J.A. Murdoch, Bathurst, Jean Russell, relict of the late Jas. Hale, formerly of Clackamanna (?), Scotland, aged 82 years.

New Saddlery Establishment:  Thomas Jamieson

New Gunsmith:  R.C. Catlin

Bathurst Courier, June 19, 1857

Birth, at Docherty Hall, Ramsay, on the 10th inst., Mrs. William Docherty of a daughter.

Birth, on the 13th inst., the wife of James Docherty of a son.

Bathurst Courier, June 26, 1857

Two boys named Wilton and Cochrane were drowned at Smith’s Falls on Sunday last while out milling on the river.  This is another warning to Sabbath breakers.

Bathurst Courier, July 10, 1857

Married, at Carleton Place on the 2nd inst., by Rev. Mr. H. (illegible), Beckwith, Mr. Finley Sinclair of Drummond to Miss Janet Paterson Wilson, second daughter of William Wilson, Esq., Surgeon.

Bathurst Courier, July 17, 1857

Drowned, on the 11th inst., while bathing in the River Clyde, John K. Black, aged 26, son of Rev. John Black of Dunkild, Scotland.

Birth, at Lanark on the 10th inst., Mrs. George Gillis, of a daughter.

Married, on the 15th inst., by Rev. William Bell, Mr. Jason Halman, Perth, to Miss Janet McLee, Bathurst.

Bathurst Courier, July 24, 1857

The Lupsic Journal of Literary Science and Art published an account of the wonderful discovery of Dr. Graeff on the diseased of the eye and cures he performed.  He has found the “ball” of the eye to be transparent and by a curious instrument examines minutely the interior, takes it out and performs any surgical operation and replaces it without injury to its appearance of vision.  A young girl had been long afflicted with most excruciating pain in the eye the cause of which the learned could not understand.  Dr. Graeff found in the interior of the ball a worm which he removed and restored her immediately to health.

We were unable to attend the ceremony of laying the cornerstone of Victoria Hall the private residence now being erected of Judge Malloch but we find the following account of the ceremony in the Standard:  “The ceremony was performed by Miss Malloch, the judge’s daughter.  Copies of the four newspapers published in these counties, several gold and silver coins and photograph likenesses of the proprietor and his two deceased wives were deposited.  A view of what has been done has satisfied us that the Judge is having every comfort and convenience connected with Victoria Hall installed.  The architect is William Coverdale, Esq., and the builders are Francis Ballantyne of Smith’s Falls, mason; William Carmichael of Perth, carpenter; and J. Allan of Perth, stone cutter.

Bathurst Courier, July 31, 1857

On the 5th June last, the house belonging to Jas. Jackson of Drummond was burned down under circumstances that lead to suspicions that the building was set fire to by David York of Innisville and a warrant was issued for his apprehension but he had left for parts unknown.  He is described as about 18 years old, 5’4”, light hair, and no whiskers round his features and rather fleshy.  Mr. Jackson offers a reward of $20 for any information that may lead to his capture.

On the 23rd inst., the dwelling house of Jas. Armstrong, Scotch Line, was burned to the ground.  The fire was caused by a spark from the fire place igniting some shavings in the house which was a new one, not quite finished.  A child narrowly escaped being burned to death in the house.  He was rescued after the bed on which he lay caught fire.  Mr. A. McKinley saw the fire, sent a boy on horseback to Perth and in an hour the Fountain’s Fire Company was on the spot and did effective service in saving the barn and outbuildings.

On Tuesday evening last a meeting of Scotchmen and their descendents was held in the Music Hall for the purpose of organizing a St. Andrew’s Society in Perth.  Josiah Davies was appointed chairman and R. Robertson, Secretary.  After the matter had been discussed for some time, a society was organized by the appointment of the following officers:  President, Hon. R. Matheson; Vice President, J.G. Malloch, Esq.; Chaplains and Reverends J.B. Duncan and William Bain and J. Cameron; Physicians Drs. Jas. Wilson and J.S. Nichol; Treasurer Jas. Allan (Merchant); Recording Secretary W.J. Morris; Corresponding Secretary Jas. Bell; Committee of Management Messrs. John Hart, John Lister(?), John Spaulding, Josiah Davies, J.K. Fairbairn, Jas. Allan (Baker), Robert Robertson

Bathurst Courier, August 7, 1857

Died, at Ross, on the 17th inst., the wife of Andrew Bulmer, aged 27.  She was the daughter of John Ferguson of Drummond who lately came to Ross to live.  She left a young husband to lament his bereavement.

Married, on the 27th inst., by Rev. G. Thompson at the residence of D.T. Browne, Esq., White Lake, Andrew W. Bell, Esq., merchant, Eganville, to Jane Anderson, daughter of the late James Gibb, Esq. merchant, Glasgow, Scotland 

To Kill Weeds:  Take one pound of flour of sulphur and a ten of quick lime; boil them in an iron vessel with water.  Let the liquor settle, draw off the clear part, dilute it according to circumstances and with it water alleys and pavements where weeds will grow.

Bathurst Courier, August 14, 1857

Birth, on the 27th July, Mrs. Michael McPartland, teacher, of a daughter. (might mean the husband was a teacher??)

Died, at Texas about two years ago at Corsicana Navarre County, Rev. Joseph Johnson.  Any of his heirs making themselves known to be so can make claim to considerable lands which he owned there by applying to the editor of the Prairie Blade in that county.

Bathurst Courier, August 21, 1857

A young lad named John Horn, son of Alexander Horn of Hopetown, Lanark, was shot on Monday evening last by one Matthew Baird, a farmer residing there.  The facts as we have been able to ascertain them are:  the people residing in the neighborhood are scandalized, it is said, at the manner in which Baird used his family, the details of which are too brutal and obscene to print.  One evening last Fall, a number of men with blackened faces and otherwise disguised repaired to Baird’s house, seized and dragged him out, rode him on a rail and gave him a coat of tar.  For this outrage, Baird lodged a complaint with the authorities here and was taking measures to have several parties whom he suspected, hauled up and prosecuted.  On Monday evening last a number of persons disguised as before went to Baird’s home.  He warned them not to enter or he would shoot them.  John Horn, however, went to the door and from the nature of the wound it would appear he was stopping down, probably to reconnoiter when Baird discharged the pistol at him; the ball struck him on the chin, passed through the lower jaw bone, down the neck and the shoulder, through the left lung and lodged against the shoulder blade on the back.  Horn immediately fell when another lad jumped over him into the house.  The parties inside then closed the door and attacked the intruder.  Those outside heard the scuffle, broke open the door and entering the house and a general melee ensued during which Baird received a severe beating; one of his boys was almost killed and a girl had her arm broken.  The intruders then decamped carrying off their wounded companion.  The medical man attending young Horn stated that he cannot recover and will probably not live more than a day or two.  Baird is represented as a very violent character and a terror to the neighborhood.

Bathurst Courier, August 28, 1857

On Monday morning last Bridgett Donaghue, wife of John Donaghue of Ramsay was examined before His Honor Judge Malloch, J.P. on a charge of lunacy.  Drs. Nichol and Sewell having examined the woman reported that she was insane beyond a doubt.  She is to be sent to the asylum.

Bathurst Courier, September 4, 1857

Farm For Sale:  Lots 8 & 9, 3rd Concession Lanark within four miles of the Village of Lanark.  William Hastie

Bathurst Courier, September 11, 1857

A paragraph appeared in our columns a few weeks ago noticing the fact that a house belonging to James Jackson of Drummond had been set fire to and burned down and that an affidavit had been made before a magistrate tot eh effect that a school teacher named David York had committed the offense.  The complaint was laid before the Grand Jury at the recent Court of the Quarter Sessions but as there was no evidence to fix the charge upon York the complaint was dismissed; it having appeared that the charge was instigated by malice on the part of a woman at Innisville with whom York had some dispute.

Bathurst Courier, September 25, 1857

Died, at Lena Illinois, on the 20th September, Lois Carolina McCathron, daughter of S.H. and Eliza Ann McCathron, aged 8 weeks.

Return of Convictions for the Quarter July-September, 1857


Patrick Wade, three pounds

John Barret, three pounds

Assault and Battery:

John Barret and Patrick Wade, committed to common jail for 130 days and bound to keep the peace for one year.

John Fitzgerald, five shillings

William McLean, five shillings

Hamilton McVeigh, ten shillings

Patrick Cosgrove, ten shillings

Thomas Tovey, ten shillings

Leaving Employment

Timothy Mackie, Jeremiah Clary, John Hearel, two pounds each

Assault With a Scythe

Patrick Deloughey, two shillings, six pence

Refusing Wages:

Peter Jacques, five pounds, one shilling, six pence

Obstructing Highway

John Farrell, one shilling


John McCrea, Jr., five pounds

Peter Morris, one pound

Benjamin Morris, one shilling

Absence from Annual Muster Parade

Sgt. Thomas Horricks, Privates Charles McLanaghan, John Sommerville, Angus Campbell, John Campbell, William Horricks, John Boyd, John McDonald, Thomas Weir, William Crampton, John Appleby, Charles Stewart, John McFarlane, Edward McCaffrey, Malcolm McNaughton, John McNicol, Thomas McDonald, one shilling each.

Neglecting to Attend Militia Muster of Parade

George Code, Abraham Code, William King, Thomas Ruttle, Benjamin Waters, Charles Stewart, Samuel Crampton, George Crampton, James Cooke, Edward Rathwell, James Jackson, John Scott, Robert White, Thomas White, Donald McIntyre, William Gould, Andrew Doyle, George Steone(?), Hugh Keys, Joseph Richardson, George Blair, John Jackson, John Charles, James McIlquham, Tobias Stafford, Henry Richard, Robert Blair, Donald McEwen, Michael Command, William Ireton, Henry Ireton, Michael McCaffrey, John McCaffrey, Edward Conners, John Doyle, Edward Sullivan, one shilling each

To My Wife

The Author is a 27 Year old Irishman Dying of Consumption

Come to me dearest, I am lonely without thee

Day time and night time in dreams I behold thee

Unwelcome the waking which ceases to fold thee

Come to me darling my sorrows to lighten

Come in thy beauty to bless and to brighten

Come in thy womanhood meekly and lowly

Come in thy lovliness queenly and holy.

Swallows will flit round the desolate ruin

Telling of springtime and its joyous renewing

And thoughts of thy love and its manifold treasure

Are circling my heart with a promise of pleasure

O! Spring of my spirit! O! May of my bosom

Shine out on my soul till it burgeons and blossoms

The waste of my life as a rose root within it

And thy fondness alone to the sunshine can win it.

Figure that moves like a song through the evening

Features lit up like a reflex of heaven

Smiles coming seldom but childlike and simple

And opening their eyes from the heart of a temple

O, thanks to the Saviour that even by seeming

Is left to the exile to brighten his dreaming.

You have been glad when you knew I was gladdened

Dear, our you sad now to know I am saddened

Our hearts ever answer in time and in time, love

As octave to octave and rhyme unto rhyme love

I cannot weep but your tears will be flowing

You cannot smile but my cheek will be glowing.

Come to me dear ere I die in my sorrow

Rise on my gloom like the sun of tomorrow

Strong, swift and fond as the words which I speak, love

With a song on your lip and a smile on your cheek, love

Come, for my heart in your absence is weary

Haste, for my spirit is sickened and dreary

Come to my arms which alone should caress thee

Come to the heart which is throbbing to press thee.

Bathurst Courier, October 16, 1857

Birth, on the 8th inst., Mrs. John Mitchell, D’Arcy St., of a son.

Bathurst Courier, October 30, 1857

We regret to learn on Sunday night last, 23rd inst., the dwelling house of William Devlin, 5th Concession Drummond, was destroyed by fire.  About 11:00 the inmates were awakened from sleep by the smoke and crackling of fire which had by then made such progress that they had barely time to escape in their night clothes.  Nearly all the furniture was destroyed with the building.  There was no insurance.  The fire, it is supposed, originated from a fire in the cooking stove in the kitchen.

On Sunday evening last, a young lad son of Alvah Adams, Esq., and another of Widow Donaldson of this town got lost in the Long Swamp while searching for a cow.  The alarm was given and a large posse turned out with horses and guns and after searching till 10:00 the next morning the lads were found much exhausted from exposure as the night was cold and stormy.

Bathurst Courier, November 6, 1857

Married, at Lanark on the 16th inst., by Rev. H. Lancashire, Thomas Baird to Janet Deuchman.

Married, on the 30th inst., by the same, George Glossop to Miss Maxwell(?) McIntosh.

Died, in the city of Montreal on the 31st ultime, Maria Esther Mathilda Consitt, wife of Francis H. Consitt, Clifton, Bathurst, and daughter fo the late Charles Frederick Lehne(?), Esq., formerly of Pointe Claire, Lanark County.

Died, at Greenlaw, Twp. McNab, Renfrew on the 27th October, Mary Wright Morris, wife of James Morris, Sr., registrar of the County of Renfrew, aged 74.

Notice:  I hereby forbid any persons to credit one W. Myers or any person in my name.  Michael McGinnis

Perth Courier, November 13, 1857

(NOTE:  Name of newspaper has changed)

We understand that on Saturday night last a man named Armstrong was drowned off the steamer “Prince Albert” while proceeding from Kingston to Smith’s Falls.  He was one of a party of men engaged to work on the B.& O Railway, who, having got supplied with liquor drank rather freely and a quarrel was the result during which Armstrong was knocked down on the deck whence he rolled overboard and was drowned.  Although the boat was stopped and a search was made for him he was not found.  The deceased was a widower and had a small child with him on the boat who is thus left as an orphan.

Died, at Jefferson, Missouri at the residence of Mr. June(?), on the 25th October of consumption, Daniel Campbell, formerly of Canada.  Mr. Campbell for several months was a bookkeeper in this office and during that time won the esteem or all who made his acquaintance.  He was in every sense of the term an honest man.  The deceased was the son of Peter Campbell, Drummond, and nephew of William Fraser, Esq., County Treasurer.

Perth Courier, November 20, 1857

Married, at Pakenham, on the 5th inst., at the residence of the bride’s father, by Rev. William Aitken, Alphonse Brooks, Esq., O.E., to Miss Jane McFarlane, second daughter of the late W. McFarlane, Esq.

Also, at the same place and time, by Rev. T. Watson, Mr. Donald Fraser, Esq., Barrister, Perth, to Miss Elizabeth McFarlane, third daughter of the late W. MaFarlane, Esq.

Perth Courier, December 11, 1857

Notice to Debtors:  As the subscriber is about to leave Lanark Village, he requests all those indebted to him to settle up their accounts. Francis French

Dissolution of Partnership:  Gillies & Smith

Archibald Gillies

Roderick Smith

Died, on the 10th inst., Annabella, youngest daughter of John McFarlane of this town, aged ten months.

Died, on the 8th inst., William Spaulding (Canwith), youngest son of William Canwith of Perth, aged one year.

Perth Courier, December 18, 1857

Married, at Smith’s Falls on the evening of the 15th (?) November, in the house of Alexander Clarke, Esq., merchant, by Rev. William Aitken, Elizabeth Rutherford, relict of James Rutherford, to John D - - - ds, Esq., both of Smith’s Falls

Died, on the evening of the 16th inst., Florence Alma Thompson, infant daughter of James Thompson, Esq., Sheriff, aged two years and ten months.

Perth Courier, December 24, 1857

Return of Convictions for the Quarter October to December, 1857


William Davis, one shilling

Archibald Goodfellow, five shillings

Assault and Battery

Louis Marcolt, five shillings

Patrick Quinn, one pound, five shillings

John Scott, one pound

Joseph Avery, Patrick Sullivan, Thomas Sullivan, James Kenney, and Edward Bennett, five shillings each

John McLennon, Thomas Lett, Jr., John Cochrane, one shilling six pence each

Disorderly Conduct

J.D. McBeth, Robert Nollan, Robert Barr, five shillings each

Evading Tolls

Maxime Villandrie, five shillings

Disturbing School

Henry Boyle, and Catherine Boyle, two shillings six pence each

Aggravated Assault and Battery on Jas. Lainott

Michael Raveney, two pounds

Posted: 09 May, 2005