Upper Kintore Memorial Service, 21 Aug, 2016


Upper Kintore Cemetery looking over to Melvin Barclay’s farm, July, 2016.

by Garth Farquhar

Part of our tradition at these Memorial services is to take the flowers up to the graveyard and have the benediction there. When we go up to the graveyard today, the first thing you will notice is how well the grass is mown, that whipper snipping has been done around the tombstones and the limbs on the trees have been trimmed. We have Rick and Eliane Sullivan to thank for all of this hard work. The next thing you may notice is how the graveyard is terraced, so that even though they are on a slope, the individual graves have been leveled. This work was done in 1929 by G.F. Hiscoe from Lower Perth. Mr. Hiscoe had come to Canada from England where he was a trained as a gardener or possibly a landscape architect. His best known work was the floral clock at the Beechwood Hydro Dam. Mr. Hiscoe was paid $99.00 for the terracing job, in September of 1929.This was one month before the stock market crashed, triggering the great depression.

When standing in the graveyard facing the road, you can look over to your right and see where the first school in Upper Kintore was. The 16×20 log cabin that was built on that lot by government contractors, was unoccupied and was used as a school. The school across the road was not built until 1877. Rebecca Barclay Phillips was the teacher in the log cabin school. The graveyard is a nice vantage point to view this church, that was dedicated in 1893. The school, church and the view up the Tobique valley, make for a very nice picture.  Looking directly across the road you will see one of the three oldest houses in the colony. It is my understanding that the Barclay house, the house where Kathleen Morton lives and the house where the Dentist Jeremy Fournier lives, were all built in 1879. Most of the family names that you see on the tombstones lived on properties that can be either seen from the cemetery or just beyond. This would include the Marr’s, Martin’s, Cummings, Farquhars, Pattersons, Murrays, Christies, Barclays, Phillips, Gordons, Milnes, Tatlocks, Andersons, Watsons, Findlays, Gendalls and DeMerchants. When you look to your left you will see a healthy looking crop of soy beans. This originally was the John Connon property. John Connon is buried in lot 27 of this cemetery, but there is no Continue reading

Kincardine Memorial Service, 31 July, 2016

• Click here to listen to the Colony Memorial Service from Kincardine, Melville Church Service from Sunday 31 July, 2016, (mp3 audio recording) This annual service celebrates the founding of the Scotch Colony in 1873. The service was led by Rev. Ellen Flemming, a retired minister who served in Plaster Rock, Grand Falls and Riley Brook.


Melville Church Service from 5 June, 2016

IMG_4013• Click here to listen to the Kincardine, Melville Church Service from Sunday 5 June, 2016, (mp3 audio recording) This service was part of the Gathering of the Scots festival in Perth-Andover. The service was led by Cari Grierson.

Below is a short video of Darlene Morton piping:

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Robbie Burns Night in the Scotch Colony: You’re invited!

Robbie Burns Night in the Scotch Colony! Concert is Friday, 29 January, 2016, at 7:30 at the Burns Hall, Kincardine. Dance follows with the Wednesday Evening Fiddlers. Weather date is the next night, same time. Second performance is Sunday, January 31st at 2:30, with tea afterward.

Video is Kimiye Gamblin playing Burns Hall 2013


Jean Duncan found and transcribed a great article by William Linton Duncan, originally published in the October 3, 1928, edition of Fort Fairfield Review. He recounts his story of the Colony with many personal details. The transcription, along with photos of the newspaper article, are posted on Jean’s WordPress site:

William Linton Duncan is my great-grandfather.

–Bill Duncan

You’re invited to Scottish dancing lessons, Nov 15, 7pm

Get ready for Burns night!

[From Darlene]

Hi All,


Tim fiddling and Anna scratching the floor at Burns night 2013.

We are having the first dance instructional session at the Burns Hall on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7. Tim, Anna, Sarah, Isabel and Kinley will be playing.  […]  We’ll be having one or two more sessions before Christmas. I will teach the first four and may grab one of the fiddlers to help. […] Garth will do the instruction/calling for the last two.

On Nov. 2nd we’ll just work on the first five dances.

Isabel put together a list of tunes that she thought the kids could play and I ran it by Garold.

Military Glide – Clog in C maj. (played in D)

Highland Schottische – any strathspey

Heel and Toe Polka – Jacket Trimmed In Blue

Virginia Reel – any 6/8 marches or any reel; the fiddlers can decide.

The Gay Gordons – There is a tune I found on Youtube called The Gay Gordons but I think any polka would do.

The Soldiers’ Joy – Soldiers’ Joy (or any march) for the Grand March and Circle around the hall, and any reel or jig for the actual dance. Garold says don’t change mid-set from a jig to a reel or vice versa..

Lady of the Lake – Garold says any reel or jig will do.

Hope this sounds OK. Sorry for the lack of quotation marks 🙂

See you soon! Please pass the word.  […]


Upper Kintore Memorial Service, Aug 31, 2014

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