Montreal Witness, 12 January 1852, page 13
Mr Hugh Brodie
On Saturday morning last, one of the oldest, most generally known, and highly respected Scotch residents of Lower Canada, Mr Hugh Brodie, of Cote St Paul, departed this life at the mature age of 72 years, 49 of which he had spent in the vicinity of Montreal. A native of the parish of Lochwinnoch, in the west of Scotland, his life was devoted to agricultural pursuits, in which he became a pattern to his French Canadian neighbours, and more recent immigrants; and in which he acquired an independent competence. Mr. Brodie was emphatically the friend of his fellow men, ever ready to assist with his counsel, his personal labour, and in deserving cases with his purse. He especially took pleasure in giving information and counsel to his countrymen newly arrived for whom his house was ever open, and many, in various parts of Canada, can look back to their visit to Mr. Brodie, as one of the first and most profitable they paid on Canadian soil. The deceased was an elder in Dr. Mathieson’s church, and took a lively interest in the establishment of good schools in Lower Canada. His fame as an agriculturalist extended beyond Canada, and he was several times appointed a judge at the New York State Agricultural exhibitions. Though without the advantages of early education, few men were more intelligent than Mr. Brodie, and still fewer surpassed him in sagacity. He took every opportunity to store his mind with knowledge, and, though eminently practical, did not disdain book knowledge in farming. He took several Agricultural and other papers, and was a very warm friend of the Montreal Witness through its whole career. On the whole, we doubt if Mr Brodie has left behind him in Lower Canada, another agriculturalist so extensively known and respected.
For anyone interested, there is a brilliant PhD thesis written about the Brodie family by Sarah Gibson.