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North Elmsley Township - Doorway to the Past 2nd Edition

Published September 2017 Limited Edition, Paperback,
8 1/2 X 11, 285 pages Also available at the Archives, Drummond Centre.

Price:$30.00 (plus $18. shipping)



Published by the North Sherbrooke Historical Society, this volume features Jane Sym, the wife of Canada's second Prime Minister and five other founding settlers in North Sherbrooke -- William Bryce, John Crawford, Anthony McBryde, Arthur Stoaks and Ebenezer Wilson. Authored by the late Beryl Stott, the manuscript for this volume was discovered after her sudden death in November 2013. The North Sherbrooke Historical Society and Archives Lanark is proud to offer this legacy of Beryl's keen interest in the history and social character of this small but unique township in Lanark County.

Softcover binding, 8" x 9 1/2", 106 pages

Price: $20.00 (plus $18. shipping)


The Auld Kirk Cemetery

Actual Stone Inscriptions
(Does not contain obituaries )

Compiled by Gary Byron, Under the auspices of the
Lanark County Genealogical Society, 2002

8 1/2” x 11” – Hard cover, 214 pages

ISBN 978-1-894008-40-2

Price:$50.00 (plus $18. shipping)


Yearning For Learning

Yearning For Learning

by Lloyd C. Sutherland,
(History of Education 1804 - 1869)

1979 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” - Soft cover, 313 pages

ISBN 0-9690245-0-9
Price:$10.00 (plus $18. shipping)


Over the Rocks of Bathurst

by Linda Middleton
(A Genealogical Portrait of the Echlin Family)

Five Echlin sons ventured across the sea from Ireland in a home-made sail boat. One died of Black Fever before reaching his destination but four survived the trip and settled in the Lanark County area. 

This story of the home-made sail boat has been passed down over many generations about the Echlin ancestors’ migration to Canada. It became the Seed of Discovery and inspiration for the author to spend many years searching to fine the truth.

This Genealogical Portrait captures many branches of the Echlin family over a period of almost five centuries. The challenges of migrating, the hardships encountered on arrival in the Perth settlement in 1817 and finding their situation much different than what they had been promised presents the reader with an interesting and well-documented family genealogy. Anyone with Echlin roots will treasure this book.

Paperback editions (8" x 11") of about 250 pages are available

Price: $28 (plus $18. shipping)


Tales of the Hare

by Ron Shaw
(the biography of Francis Tito LeLievre (1755-1830), who played a significant role in the War of 1812)

Before settling at the Perth (Ontario) Military Settlement where his son, Henry LeLievre (1802-1882), was falsely accused of plotting murder by proxy through the 'Last Fatal Duel' fought in Upper Canada Tito LeLievre joined the French Navy in 1775 as a midshipman and rose to commissioned rank over the course of the American Revolutionary War.

Overtaken by the French Revolution he continued to serve against England until casting his lot with the Royalist cause and defecting, with his ship, to the British in 1793. For the next 22 years he served as a Captain in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. At the retreat from York during the War of 1812 he detonated the powder magazine killing American General Pike and about 200 others and torched the British warship HMS Brock saving her from capture.

Through two sons and five daughters Tito's descendants include John LeBreton Ross a supervising engineer on construction of the Canadian Parliament Buildings, comedian Rich Little and Henry Clarke Mount who was convicted of mass murder in connection with the infamous 'Blackbirding' voyage of the Australian Brig Carl.

ISBN 978-1-77240-073-1
Price: $25 (plus $18. shipping)


Cheese Stakes

by Ron Shaw
(Lanark County's Mammoth Cheese and it's place in Cheesemaking History)

Cheese Stakes explores the nineteenth century story of the Lanark County Mammoth Cheese in the context of its place in a long tradition of oversized cheeses, and examines the remarkable, never to be repeated, achievement it represented in the annals of the cheesemakers' art.

On April 25, 1893, the largest cheddar cheese ever manufactured anywhere in the world arrived on the grounds of the World's Columbian Exhibition at Jackson Park, Chicago, Illinois. Pressed seven months earlier in a Canadian Pacific Railway Company freight shed at Perth, Ontario, as it travelled to Chicago its massive 22,000 pounds weight snapped the railway car truss rods four times, its casing attracted a mass of graffiti and, as it was dragged into its exhibit space, the 'Canadian Mite' crashed through the floor of the Dairy Pavilion.

Purchased by Britain's most prominent cheesemongers, it was transported to England and paraded through the streets of London, cut with a garden spade, and eaten by English consumers.

Cheese Stakes is an essential read for those with an interest in the agricultural roots of Ontario; cheesemaking history, and in the individuals who were amoung the cast of characters who played a role in the great adventure of the Lanark County Mammoth Cheese.

ISBN 978-1-77240-073-1
Price: $25 (plus $18. shipping)


The Robertsons of Ramsay

by Marilyn Snedden

The Robertsons of Ramsay covers the story of John Robertson in his military life as a British soldier fighting in the Napoleonic Wars and his wife Jane Kyle who stayed in Glasgow, raising their children until they left the terrible conditions in Glasgow in 1821 for the unknown risks in the “New World.” Their life on the rocky farmland of Ramsay Township, in Lanark County was very difficult but John still managed to serve in the militia and was the first Reeve of Ramsay Township. John died in 1867 and is buried in the family cemetery with his wife and family.

Price: $20 (plus $18. shipping)


The Snedden Saga

by Marilyn Snedden

The Snedden Saga covers nine generations beginning in 1821 when James and Christina Snedden fled the desperate life of a coal-mining family in the Glasgow area.

Although sixty years of age, James and his family chanced the ocean crossing and the risk of starting a new life in the untamed wilds of Lanark County. Three of their children had emigrated two years before, settling in Beckwith Township. They helped their parents clear land in Ramsay Township on the Mississippi River. The square timber industry, mills, a timber slide and a “Stopping Place” near present day Blakeny all contributed to an exiting family story in the previous century.

Other descendants moved to Bruce and Grey Counties in the 1850’s when new lands became available. From these humble beginnings, this book shows how the family now is scattered over most of Canada and the United States.

Price: $20 (plus $18. shipping)


Forgotten Hero

by Ron Shaw and M.E. Irene Spence

The story of Alexander Fraser. Born in the garrison at Forth Augustus, Inverness-shire, Scotland, Alexander Fraser (1789-1872) followed his father into the British Army, enlisting in 1807 as a lowly drummer. In 1810 he transferred as a Private into Colonel Isaac Brock’s 49th Foot and within just three years rose to the rank of Assistant Sergeant Major. Then, at Stoney Creek in May 1813, he led the desperate charge that saved Upper Canada for the Crown.

In recognition of his bravery Fraser won a field commission and made a rare transition from 'Barrack Brat' and foot soldier to officer and gentleman. Granted land at the Perth (Ontario) Military Settlement he consolidated his transition (despite frequent episodes of less than ‘gentlemanly’ behaviour) serving for three decades as a Magistrate and rising to the rank of lieutenant Colonel commanding the 6th Regiment, Lanark Militia.

Price: $25 (plus $18. shipping)