I thought this obituary very interesting indeed.  The street named after this gentleman, and area where his farm once was, is right near my home. 


Montreal Daily Star, 2 November 1885, page 2

Mr. William Darling

Death of another of Montreal’s Commercial Pioneers.

Another landmark of Montreal’s commercial progress has been swept away by the death of Mr. William Darling, which took place at his residence at Hochelaga, last night after a week’s illness.  The deceased, who was a native of Edinburgh, emigrated to Canada when twenty one years of age, and arriving here in 1840 established the present firm of Wm Darling & Co, wholesale hardware merchants, of which he has always been the head.  For several years he held the position of President of the Montreal Board of Trade, and was also for some time Vice-President of the Dominion Board.  He was one of the framers of the Insolvent Act of 1875, and he was one of the Commissioners appointed to arbitrate in the claims of proprietors whose land was appropriated for the widening of the Lachine Canal by the Mackenzie Government.  On the defeat of the Liberal administration, he was maintained in the position by their successors.  He contested Montreal West in the Liberal interest in 1878, but was defeated by Mr MH Gault, MP.  He has been closely connected with many of the leading mercantile institutions and has been a director of the Merchants Bank for some time.  It is also said that Mr. Darling was the first Canadian merchant to push his business by the means of commercial travelers.  He was a leading member of St Gabriel Presbyterian Church and on the death of the late Sir Hugh Allan was appointed chairman of the Temporalities Board.  The deceased leaves a widow and four sons, all of whom were associated with him in business.  The funeral takes place on Wednesday