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Brant Township

A map of Brant Township can be found on the Bruce County GenWeb website. Brant Township was named after Mohawk war chief Joseph Brant.

Brant Township Places

  • Cargill - on the boundary of Brant and Greenock Townships. See Greenock Township.

  • Dunkeld -  a post office and hamlet on the 4th concession in the west of the township. The first postmaster, in 1856, was Hugh Bell.

  • Eden Grove - a post office and hamlet on the west boundary of the township. The post office was established in 1875.

  • Ellengowan - a hamlet in the northwest corner of the township. Its post office opened in 1858, and its first postmaster was John Hopper.

  • Elmwood - a village on the boundary of Bruce and Grey Counties. Its post office opened in 1864, and its first postmaster was John Dirstein.

  • Maple Hill - a hamlet east of Walkerton. Its first postmaster, in 1866, was R. B. Clements.

  • Malcolm - a hamlet on the 10th and 11th concessions. Its post office opened in 1869, and its first postmaster, Daniel Sullivan, held that post until 1905.

  • Scone - a hamlet and early post office.

  • Walkerton -  Its first settler was Joseph Walker, who arrived in 1850. Its post office, originally called 'Brant', was established in 1852. In 1865 Walkerton became the County Town for Bruce County.

    Walkerton War MemorialWalkerton War Memorial Walkerton Town HallWalkerton Town Hall
    Walkerton main streetWalkerton main street Walkerton foundryWalkerton foundry
    Walkerton town clockWalkerton town clock Walkerton coat of armsWalkerton coat of arms
     "Cura et Industria"
    Walkerton history -  plaque 1Walkerton history -  plaque 1 Walkerton history -  plaque 2Walkerton history -  plaque 2
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    Walkerton history -  plaque 5Walkerton history -  plaque 5  

Brant Township Notable People

Peter Bartleman, who settled near Maple Hill in the 1850s, was well-known for his mechanical skills and as a craftsman. He built a set of bagpipes and many pieces of furniture for his family. He was best known for the clock tower he built on his barn. He named it Haddington Tower, after his Scottish birthplace. The clock tower faced the Durham road between Walkerton and Hanover, and could be seen for two miles.

Peter Bartleman, Maple Hill, Brant Township, Bruce CountyPeter Bartleman, Maple Hill, Brant Township Desk built by Peter Bartleman, Brant Township, Bruce CountyA desk built by Peter Bartleman

Robert Sutherland, born about 1834 in the West Indies, was the first Ontario lawyer of African ancestry. He was a barrister and attorney in Walkerton. He died in Toronto in 1878.

Robert Sutherland, Barrister, Brant Township, Bruce CountyRobert Sutherland's advertisement in the County of Bruce 1867 Directory  



The County Town Question by Peter S. Schmalz, 1983. Amicus No. 5028252.

The Early History of Eden Grove and Vicinity by Beatrice Black, 1992. Amicus No. 23871444.




History of the County of Bruce by Norman Robertson, 1906. Available online.

A History of Knox Church, Walkerton, Ontario, 1886-1986 by Frederick Neill, 1991. Amicus No. 10799532.

A History of St. Paul's United Church, Walkerton, Ontario: 1877-1977 by Marion Tait, 1977. Amicus No. 25245485.

The History of the Township of Brant 1854 - 1979 by the Brant Township Historical Society, 1979. Amicus No. 15818429.

The Impact of the Great Depression on Walkerton by Peter S. Schmalz, 1983. Amicus No. 5027824.

Letters from Bruce County: Written by Pioneer Joseph Bacon 1795-1882 by Dean Wheaton, 2006.

Pictorial Souvenir of Walkerton Past and Present: 1849-1939 by Walkerton Herald-Times, 1939. Amicus No. 9763985.

The Scrapbook of Reflections by the Cordwainer by Lloyd Cartwright, 1995. Amicus No. 15488114.


Bruce County's Townships (before  1998 amalgamations)

Albemarle Township
Colpoy's Bay United Church, Colpoy's Bay, Albemarle Township, Bruce County

Amabel Township
Wiarton, Amabel Township, Bruce County

Arran Township
Christ Church Anglican Cemetery Record, Tara, Arran Township, Bruce County

Brant Township
Walkerton town clock, Walkerton, Brant Township, Bruce County

Bruce Township
Underwood United Church, Underwood, Bruce Township, Bruce County

Carrick Township
Mildmay church, Mildmay, Carrick Township, Bruce County

Culross Township
Salem United Church, Culross Township, Bruce County

Eastnor Township
Barrow Bay, Eastnor Township, Bruce County

Elderslie Township
Memorial plaque, hamlet of Williscroft, Elderslie Township, Bruce County

Greenock Township
Plaque, village of Pinkerton, Greenock Township, Bruce County

Huron Township
Huron Township Hall, Ripley, Huron Township, Bruce County

Kincardine Township
Mural, village of Tiverton, Kincardine Township, Bruce County

Kinloss Township

Lindsay Township
War Memorial, Lindsay Township, Bruce County

Saugeen Township
Dunblane Presbyterian Church, Saugeen Township, Bruce County

St. Edmunds Township

Lighthouse, Tobermory, St. Edmunds Township, Bruce County
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