Bruce County Genealogical Society - Greenock Township
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Greenock Township

A map of Greenock Township can be found on the Bruce County GenWeb website. Greenock Township was named after the town of Greenock, Scotland. The large Greenock Swamp covered much of the township.

Greenock Township Places

  • Bradley - a post office on the 16th Concession

  • Cargill - a post office and village on the 11th Concession

    Cargill main street Cargill plaque
  • Chepstow - a post office and village on the 6th Concession. The early residents asked that their post office be named 'Emmet', after the Irish patriot Robert Emmet, but the Post Office Department instead named it after the residence of Earl Strongbow, the first English invader of Ireland.

  • Glammis - a post office and hamlet located where Greenock, Bruce and Kincardine townships meet. Although the post office spelling was 'Glammis', locally the spelling was 'Glamis'.

    Glammis plaque  
  • Greenock - the Township's first post office opened in 1852. It is on the 1st Concession, on the Durham Road (Highway 9).

  • Lovat - a post office and hamlet on the 20th Concession

    Lovat plaque, Greenock TownshipLovat plaque  
  • Mickle Station - an early name for the village of Cargill

  • Narva - a post office on the 13th Concession

  • Pinkerton - a post office and village established about 1854, on the 12th Concession (County Road 15)

    Pinkerton plaque  
  • Portal - a post office on the 15th Concession

  • Riversdale - the post office was established about 1853, and the village lots were surveyed in 1855. Riversdale is on the 1st Concession, on the Durham Road (Highway 9).

  • Yokassippi - the original name for the village of Cargill, named for the Yokassippi River (later the Teeswater River).

Greenock Township Notable People

Henry Cargill was a 'captain of industry' and politician. The village of Cargill was named after him. His biography appears in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.

James J. Donnelly, born in Pinkerton, was a businessman and politician, and was appointed to the Senate.

William Bowes, "the Philosopher of Greenock Swamp", was well-known for his letters to the editor of the Globe, and his articles for local newspapers.

Agnes Bowes Hall, born on a farm on the edge of Pinkerton, wrote the novel "Craigie" (Roxburgh Publishing, c1914), AMICUS No. 9177907), using her birth farm for the setting.  She married an American and moved to the USA, where she gave recitals and taught elocution.

Bibliography A website with lots of information about the history of Glammis.

Greenock Township History, 1856 - 1981 by Greenock Township Historians, 1981. Amicus No. 2484695.

Greenock Township 150 Years by the Greenock Township History Book Committee, 2002. See Publications page. Amicus No. 27749822.

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


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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