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Donations & Bequests

The Scotch Road Cemetery Association has been able to pursue its objectives thanks to the donations of its many members and friends over the past thirty years.

Anyone may make a donation or bequest to the Association.

An official income tax receipt will be issued for any donation or bequest over ten dollars.

Print and mail this form to make a donation or bequest.


The Scotch Road Community

Little, if anything, has been written specifically about the Scotch Road Community. We hope to publish research eventually to fill this gap.

Archibald Murlaggan Macmillan brought over a group of Highland settlers in 1802. He was promised land north of Grenville by the government. Although he established himself in Grenville shortly thereafter, most of the settlers had to seek shelter with relatives and friends in Glengarry County in Ontario before the land could be surveyed. By the time the survey was completed in about 1820, many of the settlers were well settled elsewhere and did not come forward to claim land in Grenville Township. Others were found to replace them. Location tickets authorizing settlers to enter upon the land and start to perform their settlement obligations were issued in 1821.

The British Government, mindful of the lessons of the War of 1812, determined to find a route to bypass the St Lawrence between Montreal and Kingston because it was vulnerable to attack from American forces from across the River. A route was finally found from Montreal up the Ottawa River to Bytown and then down the Rideau River to Kingston. However, this route required the building of many canals. Although the most famous is the Rideau Canal built by Colonel By, there were several canals built along the Ottawa River to bypass various rapids. Construction on the Grenville Canal was begun by the Royal Staff Corps in 1819 to bypass the Long Sault Rapids at Grenville/Hawkesbury.

Oral tradition indicates that at least one member of the Royal Staff Corps and is buried in the Scotch Road Cemetery. It is thought that a Scottish stone mason who worked on the Grenville Canal may also be buried there.

Bibliography

History of Argenteuil Co, Quebec, and Prescott Co, Ontario, Cyril Thomas