Report re: School Children and Teacher Leave Scotland in 1873

This information was received via email from Lorraine Stewart in Stonehaven, Scotland:
I was on a tour of Aberdeenshire Archives yesterday and they had on display the Kintore School Log Book. I was able to look it up for April 1873 and there was an entry that said 14 children (5 families) were leaving for New Brunswick – it didn’t mention any names.

 Another entry (I think on the previous page) mentioned a teacher leaving – Ledingham – I see there were Ledingham’s on the Castalia so he may have been one of them, although it didn’t say that he was going to New Brunswick.

I think the reference would be:

Kintore School Log Book 1867-1899      Ref: ED/GR6S/G40/1/1   April 1873  (??14th April – but I couldn’t be sure – didn’t have any paper at the time to write it down)

 If you wanted a copy of the page/pages I’m sure if you contacted the archives they would be able to copy that for you. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me. You would need to ask for permission if you wanted to put it on the website.

 Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives
Old Aberdeen House
Dunbar Street
Aberdeen, AB24 3UJ
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 481775

Hope this is of some interest,


Some Farm Names in the Scotch Colony

Agnes (Allen) Ledingham, wife of John Ledingham, died at their home called “Ledingsdale” (lot 5) in Kintore, Victoria County  in January 1881.

Margaret and David Burns celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 1883 at their home “New Eden Cottage” (lot 6) in “New Kincardine Colony.”

Maggie Mavor, daughter of Catherine (Thompson) and Francis Mavor, married Fred Robertson in 1889 at her parent’s home called “Loggie” (lot 6) in Lower Kintore.

In 1876, Ellen (Mitchell) Finnie, age 46, died at “Carron,” (lot 1) in Kintore, New Kincardine. She was the wife of James FINNIE.

In 1892 at “Bon Accord House” in Kincardine (lot 58), Agnes Adam married John Stevenson at her parent’s home.

Jane (Nevin) and Thomas Watt named their Kintore home “Lily Glenn,” (lot 2). (See Duncan MacPhail’s book New Kincardineshire: An Intimate History of the Early Years of a Scottish Settlement in New Brunswick, p. 108)

In 1884 William Bissett, age 77, died at his home, “Bandeau” on lot 128 Upper Kintore.

William Cocker, age 62, widower, and Agnes Petrie, age 52, spinster, were married in 1892 at “Fintray” in Kintore. (Mary Ann Will Cocker, daughter of William and his first wife Mary Anne MacDonald, gave her birth place as Fintray, Aberdeenshire, Scotland on her marriage certificate in 1891.)

Isabella (Bissett) and William McKenzie named their residence “Belmont” (lot 21) in Lower Kincardine. Their daughter Euphemia married Robert Cameron at her parent’s home in 1890.

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.


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

James Farquhar’s Mail Cabinet

Farquhar's Mail Cabinet

Farquhar’s Mail Cabinet

“James Farquhar was Upper Kintore’s first and only Postmaster, serving from 1883 until his death at the age of 92 in 1922. This is the cabinet he used to sort the mail in.” Thank you to Garth Farquhar.

Scotch Colony Lot Map (after 1884?)

I understand colonists didn’t get title to the land until they occupied their assigned lot for some time. I think this map represents Scotch Colony lot ownership after 1884(?). I’m using that date because Margaret Cocker’s (mapped on lot 34) husband, James, died in 1884. There are several other widows on the map and the records we have show their husbands died before 1884.

We have more detective-work to find a more exact date. I’ll post any additional information in a reply. Please reply with comments or questions.

(this is a newer version, from the fall of 2014, with newer and sharper underlying aerial photos.)

The video is a flyover of the map, overlayed on Google Earth’s recent satellite photos and 3D topography (elevation exaggeration was set to 2 so there is some extreme distortion). To make text legible, change your YouTube Settings to 720P  (the little gear symbol that appears after you hit play). Hit pause to make it easier to read the map.

I think seeing the lay of the land and today’s forests and fields really brings the map to life and makes it easier to locate the lots. The map is a little out of alignment but look for the logging clear-cuts and field-edges on the photograph to get a more accurate fix.

Here’s a detail of the same map, showing the Scotch Colony.  Click to enlarge.

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2616px wide, massive but great detail.

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1925, “No Sham or Show to Fraser, Lumber-Paper King of the East”

From the archives, here is a transcription of an article by Floyd S. Chalmers published in The Financial Post on June 19, 1925:noshamorshow

“The first time I saw Archie Fraser and his brother, Donnie, they were bunching shingles in a little mill yard up-province. Their father owned the mill but the boys worked from dawn to dark and they learned the business from the sawdust up.”

Archibald Fraser

Archibald Fraser

So spoke a Fredericton, N.B. man to me the other day. I had asked him about his fellow neighbor, Archibald Fraser; asked him how a man could acquire millions; could build up a business so large that to go into Montreal to borrow five million dollars on it, wasn’t particularly startling; could become the richest man in his province and yet never lose his good Scotch common sense, his freedom from sham or show; his big-hearted seven-days-a-wee Christianity.

“You see, it was this way,” went on the Fredericton man. “Archie Fraser’s dad came out with a party of Scotch immigrants. He hadn’t much money but he had a determination to work and a bundle of pride. When the immigrants landed in Fredericton the town put them up at the court house. But old Donald Fraser was too Continue reading

1932, Archibald Fraser Fatally Stricken on Holiday Trip

From the archives, here is a transcription from the newspaper The Montreal Gazette, published on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1932:

archibaldfraserfatallystricken“(By the Canadian Press.) Edmundston, N.B., October 10.––Victim of a sudden heart attack, Archibald Fraser, Edmundston, president of Fraser Companies, Limited, and a director of the Royal Bank of Canada and other financial organizations, dropped dead four miles from his hunting lodge at Nictau, on the Tobique River in Victoria County, at 1 p.m. today.

Mr. and Mrs. Fraser had left their home in Edmundston to spend the Thanksgiving holiday at their hunting lodge, which is about 30 minutes from Plaster Rock. Mr. Fraser had been in good health and spirits and had anticipated his holiday with much pleasure. While in the woods, four miles from his lodge at one p.m. today Continue reading

Bissett Cemetery

Bissett Cemetery of Upper Kintore is a private cemetery, transcribed by Frances MacKellar in 2001. Thank you to Tobique Valley Genealogy and Local History Group for sharing the information online.

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.