Dedication of Melville Church, Kincardine, NB 1878

[The year 2018 marks the 140th anniversary of the Melville Church as well as the 145th anniversary of the Scotch Colony. This newspaper article presented an account detailing the dedication of the Melville Church held on January 1, 1878 at Kincardine, New Brunswick.]

Aberdeen Press and Journal
January 29, 1878, Tuesday; page 2

The New Kincardineshire Church.

The settlers in New Kincardineshire, New Brunswick opened their new church on New Year’s Day, as was sometime ago proposed. The day was fine, and a vast crowd of neighbours from considerable distances on both banks of the river St. John attended the service which was conducted by the Rev. D. M. Maclise, D. D. of St. John, who was assisted by the Rev. C. N. Sinnet of Fort Fairfield, State of Maine, and we may add that the latter gentleman was accompanied by a considerable number of visitors from that State. The service commenced at 11 a. m., and by that hour part of all the families in the new settlement, and the families long settled on the north bank of the great river, were present, and many friends who had driven on sleighs from distant localities. Dr. Maclise opened the proceedings by praise, selecting the Old Hundredth Psalm. He then read II Chronicles, 6th chapter, then Rev. Mr. Melville, minister of the colony, engaged in prayer; and Dr. Maclise Continue reading

Letter by Rev. Peter Melville, New Kincardine Colony, New Brunswick, Sept. 11, 1877 Published in the Rothesay Chronicle and Buteshire and West Coast Advertiser, Oct. 13, 1877

NEW KINCARDINE COLONY.
The following letter written by our former townsman and Parish Church missionary, the Rev. Peter Melville, M. A., B. D., to The New Brunswick Reporter, will be read with interest by his many friends in Rothesay:—

Mr. Editor:—You and your readers will be pleased to hear that this Scottish Colony is making good progress. The crops are very good, (excepting hay,) and are likely to be gathered in safety, without frost or snow. Continue reading

The Scotch Colony and Burns Night 1919

Published in the Presque Isle, Maine newspaper, Star Herald, Feb. 13, 1919 and is signed at the end of the article by W. L. Duncan

Many years ago, to be exact, in 1873, a Scotch sea captain whose ship plied between Scotland and St. John, on occasion of a voyage when he had some time on his hands in St. John, took a run up the river. Noting the big domain of government wild land he saw on the trip, he conceived the idea of bringing a colony of his neighbors in Old Kincardine across, and settling them in New Brunswick.

Going back home he succeeded in recruiting a colony, secured a grant of land for a settlement, and the movement resulted in transplanting about 400 hardy Scotch people, and their settlement in what is known as the Scotch Colony, a place about 30 miles due east of Presque Isle. Continue reading

40th Anniversary of Rev. Gordon Pringle

Star Herald, Sept. 15, 1932, Washburn, Maine news

Here is a report printed in the Presque Isle, Maine newspaper.

Rev. Gordon Campbell Pringle

Rev. Gordon Campbell Pringle

The fortieth anniversary of Rev. Gordon Pringle’s pastorate at Kincardine colony Presbyterian church, New Brunswick, was observed on Sunday, Sept. 11, at Melville church in the Colony. The Auld Kirk was well filled by Scotch folks from both sides of the line, most of them being former settlers from the Colony. The services were very impressively managed by a number of the minister members of the Presbyterians of Woodstock, N. B., assisted by Rev. Dr. Archibald of Grand Falls. Like Rev. Gordon Pringle himself, most of these men came from the land of the heather. Mr. Pringle was graduated from Edinburgh University (an honor man) in 1891. The next year he came over to Canada and found Kincardine in need of a minister at that time. Needless to say his life of service has shown how well he responded to that need. Mr. Pringle is a son of the Manse, Continue reading

Dr. Gordon Pringle’s Shaving Mug

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Rev. Gordon Campbell Pringle (1865 – 1952) arrived in Canada on May 21, 1892. He was ordained Sept. 7, 1892, in the Old Calvin Presbyterian Church, Saint John, New Brunswick. He was inducted as minister in Kincardine in the Scotch Colony in 1896. He received his Doctor of Divinity in 1933. He served the Scotch colony 1896-1952.

“Beloved by a loyal people whom he served for over 56 years”

The shaving mug was part of the display at the former Manse on August 24, 2013 during Scotch Fest140.

from Rev. Helene Burns

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From: Helene Burns [mailto:visithelene@gmail.com]
Sent: August 24, 2013 10:57 PM
To: Cari and Roy Grierson
Subject: Warm Best Wishes

Hello Cari and Roy,

First, thank you so much for sharing your hospitality with my dear husband, Gary, who has returned to share in the festivities of this weekend.

Second, please extend my warm best wishes to the wonderful congregations of Kincardine-Upper Kent and Upper Kintore, as you celebrate the 140th anniversary of the arrival to Victoria County of the colonists from Scotland. Gary and I extend our heartfelt congratulations to you all. Of course, Gary is already there and has no doubt expressed his best wishes already! But I also am so happy that you are able to celebrate this momentous occasion. Continue reading

Historic Churches Host Special Services

As part of the “Gathering of the Scots Festival” this weekend, two special services will be held at local historic churches. On Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 10 AM in Kincardine in the Scotch Colony, Melville Church will host a Commemorative Church Service.

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Interior of Melville United Church, Kincardine

Named after Rev. Peter Melville, an early minister to the Scotch Colony, Melville United Church was dedicated in 1878. Services are held here in the warmer months. The view from the hilltop in front of the church is spectacular.

On Sunday evening, May 26, at 7 PM don’t miss the “Kirking of the Tartans” ceremony at the historic Larlee Creek Church. You are invited to bring a tartan item, if you wish. Continue reading

Upper Kintore Cemetery

IMG_2727upperkintorecemeteryA transcription of the Upper Kintore Cemetery was completed by Ruth Todd and Patty Corey in September 2006 and updated September 2011. The alphabetical list is available on the web, thanks to their hard work, and also includes a short history of the Upper Kintore Church and directions on how to get there.

Here is the link to the Upper Kintore Cemetery.

Thank you to the Tobique Valley Genealogy and Local History Group which has a website and Facebook page. Many hours have been invested in making transcriptions of other local cemeteries available online. 

 

Melville Cemetery

IMG_2762melvilleExtensive work has been done to make the records of the Melville Cemetery available online. Many thanks to Blair Morton and his mother, Kathleen (Ellis) Morton!

Here is the link.

Another transcription of this cemetery, updated September 2011 by the Tobique Valley Genealogy and Local History Group, also includes information about the monument for world war veterans.