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St Patrick’s Church Research, 1998

St Patrick’s Basilica – from website:,_Montreal

Recently I gave a presentation on the history of St Patrick’s Church in the church hall – which was wonderful!  I was asked about a petition I cited in my MA Thesis, and about who was on the list.  It was a good question, and of interest to many historians and genealogists. So I decided to go back to my notes from the thesis and get out the documents.  Unfortunately, this was 1998 so my notes were on a 3 1/2 floppy, but I had printouts.  So I am attaching them as PDFs here in this post for people to look at.

donation list 1841

This is a list of those donations made between 1841-1843 to the Fundraising Committee of St Patrick’s Church, which was administered by prominent members of the congregation.  I took the list when I transcribed it and put it in alphabetical order.  There are 370 entries, some donations are in dollars, some in Halifax Pounds.

The source information: St Patrick’s Church Minute Book, 1841-1843, St Patrick’s Basilica Archives.

1833 petition

This is a petition sent to the Rev Quiblier, who was the Superior of the Seminary of St Sulpice, in Montreal.  The congregation of the Recollet Church asked for an enlargement of the said church, and a High Mass every Sunday.  The document was handwritten, and unfortunately I was not able to decipher every signature.

The Source information: Petition, Section 27, voute 2, T-97 #188, Archives du Seminaire de Saint-Sulpice, Montreal.





Yardley Association for the Prosecution of Felons, Birmingham, 1839

Ari’s Birmingham Gazette, 1 April 1839 page 3

Yardley Association for the Prosecution of Felons

We, whose names are hereunder written, Members of the above Association, for the purpose of detecting and the more speedily and effectually bringing to justice any person or persons who shall commit any felony or robbery upon any of our persons or properties, have agreed, at our joint expense, to give the following rewards to any person on whose information any felon shall be taken and convicted, viz.

For every murder, highway robbery, burglary, housebreaking, or setting fire to any ricks or buildings, or stealing or maiming any horse, mare, or gelding, the sum of ten pounds.

For stealing any household furniture, plate, clothes or wearing apparel, horned cattle, sheep, or other cattle, the sum of five pounds.

For stealing any sort of grain, hay, straw, or clover, pigs, poultry or pigeons, robbing fish ponds, gardens or orchards, stealing implements of husbandry, iron-work, hooks or thimbles, or milking of cows, the sum of two pounds two shillings,

For stealing, destroying or injuring any crops of turnips, peas, beans, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, or other vegetables, gates, stumps, rails, pales or stiles, the sum of ten shillings.

For apprehending and convicting any person who shall buy or receive any goods or chattels, knowing them to be stolen, the sum of two pounds.

To every Turnpike Gate-keeper through whose information any such offender or offenders shall be apprehended, or stolen goods or cattle shall be recovered, the sum of two pounds five shillings.

And in all other cases such a reward as the majority of the members present at any annual meeting shall think fit.

Anderton, Thos Yardley                                 Jennings, Isaac

Anderton, William Aston                              Jones, Thomas

Ashmore, William                                             King, Edmund

Allday, Thomas                                                 King, Edward

Briscoe, Joseph                                                 Kennedy, Rev R

Bedfords, Mrs.                                                  Kemp, Richard

Brown, Joseph                                                  Lloyd, Francis

Colmore, Thomas                                             Mayou, John

Dolphin, John                                                    Mansfield, Thomas

Edwards, John                                                   Mudely, William York

Gunn, Samuel                                                    Nicholls, Joseph

Gwyther, Rev H                                                 Richards, Joseph Cary

Glover, Joseph                                                  Steedman, Benjamin

Holloway, Robert                                             Swinburne, Thomas

Homer, Henry                                                    Smith, Charles

Hipkiss, Mary                                                     Tomlinson, John

Hinks, John                                                         Tomlinson, Joseph

Harbourne —                                                     Tomkins —-

Hargrave, Robert                                              Waddell, William

Waddington, John

The members of this Association, and all other persons who are desirous of becoming Members of the same association, are desired to attend the annual meeting at the house of Mr. Kemp, the Bull’s Head, Hall Green, on Friday next the 20th day of April.

By order of the treasurer,

Colmore and Beale, Solicitors

NB Dinner on the table at two o’clock precisely.

A Rum Story, North Carolina, 1835

Sussex Advertiser, 14 December 1835 page 4

A Rum Story – Mr. Hunt, of North Carolina, said at a temperance meeting at New York, not long since, that the lovers of rum are distinguished for inventing modes to obtain it. In illustration, he said, a man in Orange County, North Carolina, came home with a keg of rum, but was immediately summoned to attend Court as a juror, and he was greatly puzzled to know what to do with his rum, for his wife, being an intemperate woman, would find it, though he should hide it. He finally lashed a strap around it, and suspended it from a beam above the good wife’s reach, and she being lame and infirm, was supposed to be unable to get at the rum.  After he was gone she placed the washing tub underneath, and took a gun loaded with a bullet, held it underneath, and pulled the trigger.  The ball pierced the keg, and let the contents down in the tub.

A New System of Play, Glengarry, 1894

Glengarry News, 15 June 1894, page 4


A new system of Play

Struck by the fact that the present crowding of houses in cities is unfavourable to the free exercise of children in play, such as prevailed when man lived in a more scattered way, Prof AT Skidmore has sketched a scheme for the evolution of a new system of play.  Even under the prevailing conditions the way for the development of proper play is just as open as for anything else while its development requires the genius of thought and well directed business enterprise.  The professor’s plan rests upon the principle that play is the exercise of faculties as such, the doing for the sake of the doing.  It is nature working toward her end in the child by prompting to the free, objectless exercise of those expansive powers which he sees at work in real life. If he sees this way open and he has the needful facilities he will imitate so closely in miniature the activities of the age to which he belongs that his play will not be a nuisance, so discordant as to be intolerable.  The greatest objection to this theory, as it appears to us, is to make the boy a man before his time by “prompting” him to give up all the old-fashioned sports and merely be imitative of his elders in the ways and methods of advanced life.  It remains to ask what is he going to do when he becomes a man.

History of St Andrew, Dundee, 1898

Dundee Courier, 1 December 1898 page 4


The Patron Saint of Scotland

Amongst Scotsmen in their own country the 30th of November – St Andrew’s Day – receives little notice, but when they go to other countries, they cordially celebrate it as a period for the reunion of all the members of the race.  In all parts of the world St Andrew’s Day is observed, while curious to say, outside Masonic Lodges, in Scotland itself very few people give the smallest heed to the Saint or his place in the calendar.  Of late years a tendency has been observable to give the day national honour, but this has its origin not in Edinburgh but in London.  The Scots in London have set the fashion of celebration St Andrew’s Day in great style, and possibly we may see before many years a popular movement in favour of a Saint who at present receives little honour in his own country.


Not that we mean to hint that St Andrews was a Scot; but how comes it that his name is associated with the “Land of Thistles” and that Scotsmen in every part of the habitable globe on his day are called upon to dine upon fare which contains much oatmeal, to sing Scottish songs, to drink Scottish whisky, and foot it in “twosome reels and fowersome reels.”  The commonly accepted account is that St Andrew is believed to have travelled as a missionary through Asiatic and European Scythia; to have afterwards passed through Thrace, Macedonia, and Epirus into Achia: and at the city of Pairs, in the last-named region, to have suffered martyrdom in the year 609 AD.


The Roman pro-Consul, it is said, caused him to be first scourged and then crucified.  The latter punishment he underwent in a peculiar manner, being fastened by cords instead of nails to the cross, to produce a lingering death by hunger and thirst; whilst the instrument of punishment itself, instead of being T-shaped, was in the form of an X, or what is termed a cross decussate.  We are further informed that a Christian lady of rank named Maximola caused the body of St Andrew to be embalmed and honourably interred.


Pope Ursinus, three hundred years later, ordained the 30th of November a festival to the Memory of St Andrew.  The remains of the martyr were removed by the Emperor Constantine to Constantinople, where they were deposited in a church erected in honour of the Twelve Apostles.  The history of the relics does not end here, for we are informed that, about thirty years after the death of Constantine, a pious Greek monk, named Regulus or Ruise, conveyed the remains of St Andrew to Scotland, and there deposited them on the eastern coast of Fife, where he built a church, and where afterwards arose the renowned city and Cathedral of St Andrews.


It is said that the Order of the Thistle was founded in honour of St Andrew, about the year 809, by Archaius the First, King of Scotland.  That monarch had made an alliance with the great Charlemagne, taking for his device a thistle.  There was, it seems a tradition to the effect that King Hungus, the Pict, had a dream, in which St Andrew paid him a midnight visit, and promised him a sure victory over his foes the Northumbrians.  On the next day a St Andrew’s Cross appeared in the sky, and victory followed the King’s arms.  It was on this account that Archaius founded the Order of the Thistle.


The Reformation, suppressing all the festivals of the Romish Church, made no exception in the case of the national Saint.  Now and again, however, habit was not to be overcome by the fear of Church discipline.  Thus, we find a Strathkinnous man, in 1649, appearing as a culprit before the Kirk Session of St Andrews.  He was charged with having been drunk – but observe that drunkenness was not the offence – he had been drunk on St Andrew’s Day.  He escaped being banished from the parish by giving an undertaking that when next he got drunk he should not be suspected of doing honour to a Popish Saint.


A part of the cross on which St Andrew was crucified is alleged to have been carried to Brussels by Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy and Braband, who, in honour of it, instituted the Knights of the Golden Fleece, who, for the badge of their Order, wear a figure of this cross, called St Andrew’s Cross, or the Cross of Burgundy.


The Russians declare that St Andrew preached among them, and claim him as the principal titular saint of their Empire.  Peter the Great instituted the first Order of Knighthood under his name, this being the Order of the Blue Ribbon.


St Andrew is also the patron Saint of the Royal Society, and at the early anniversary meetings the members came with little St Andrew’s Crosses affixed to their hats.  The lacemakers in the Midlands of England, before the introduction of machinery, observed St Andrew’s Day as a festival with much merry-making, but with them the name had become corrupted to “Tandrew.”


On the eve of St Andrew’s Day German girls, who are desirous of ascertaining what will be the colour of the hair on their future husband’s head, take hold of the latch of the house door, and repeat three times, “Gentle love, it thou lovest me show thyself;” she then opens the door quickly and makes a rapid graps through it into the darkness, when she finds in her hand a lock of her future husband’s hair.


Formerly St Andrew’s Cross was affixed to the doors of rooms as a sign that those within wished to be private, and had no intercourse without.  Thus, in the Duke of Buckingham’s diary, there is an account of the conclave of Cardinals which met for the election of a successor to Pope Leo the Twelfth.  He says – “Cardinal Gregoris now, they say, has to chance, but his friends stick by him.  Sixteen, who always vote for him had affixed a St Andrew’s Cross against the doors of their cells.  This is meant to say that they wish for no intercourse with the rest of the conclave, had made up their minds, and desire not to be disturbed.”  Apparently, Sir Walter Scott has a reference to the custom in “Rob Roy” in describing the peeled willow wand placed across the half-open door of Jean MacAlpine’s alehouse.  Andrew Fainservice understands its import, and advises the Bailie and Osbaklistone not to enter. “For,” says he, “some of their chiefs and grit men are birling at the masquebaugh in by there and dinna want to be disturbed, and the least we’ll get if we gang ramstam in on them will be a broken head, to learn us better havings, if we dinna come by the length of a cauld dirk in our wame, whilk is juist as likely.”


Caledonian Games, Montreal, 1898

M10ds13aug98.jpgontreal Daily Star, 13 August 1898, page 10


Caledonian Games

MAAA Grounds

Saturday, Aug 20th ‘98

Highland Dancing, Pipe Music, Foot and Bicycle Races.

In which the leading professional and amateur athletes will compete.

Mr. JG Campbell, the Only Scottish Clown,

Will clown the games during the afternoon

Football Match Greasy Pole Tug of War – Firemen vs Police

Admission including Grand stands, adults 35c; children 15c

WC McAllister, Hon Sec

In Defence of the Catholic Clergy, Montreal, 1835

Montreal Gazette, 17 November 1835, page 2


To the Scotch Catholic, whose letter appears in our present number, we would remark that the Protestant Press of this city, in stepping forward to defence the reputation of the Catholic Clergy, from the most unwarranted slanders, sought for no thanks, nor did they look for any reward for doing that which as good chronicles, it was peculiarly their duty to perform.  It was the cause of justice and truth, while at the same time the evidence of Protestant against the calumnies circulated by a Protestant writer, possessed greater weight probably than any proceeding from those who professed the creed of the party involved.

We thank however our correspondent for the hint contained in the latter part of his note.  The universal condemnation by all the British journals in the province of the articles which have appeared in the New York Paper, goes fully to contradict the willful assertion of the Clique writers, that religious feeling has an influence upon the opinions formed by the British inhabitants of the province, in opposition to those entertained in the Assembly.


Halloween, Toronto, 1881

Globe 2 Nov 1881, page 10

Halloween Celebration

The Caledonian Supper and the Sons of Scotland Concert

Very successful entertainments.


Yesterday evening Halloween was duly celebrated by two of the Scottish societies, the Caledonians holding a most successful supper at St James’ Hotel and the Sons of Scotland a concert in Occident Hall of a superior character and attended by a large audience.

The Caledonian society’s supper

The Caledonian society gathered in large numbers at St James Hotel last night to spend a few hours in songs and sentiments recalling the customs of Halloween in the old land of heather.  There were also a number of guests of other nationalities, who appeared to enter fully into the spirit of entertainment.  The dining hall was decorated with British colours drooping in the folds from ceiling to floor, and at the tables, laden with a great variety of viands, the haggis occupying a prominent place.  Every chair had an occupant. Owing to the absence through illness of the President, Mr. Andrew McIntosh, 1st vice-president, occupied the chair, supported by Mayor McMurrich, Mr. Goldie of Ayrshire; Mr. JL Morton, Ald. Hallam, Ald Steiner, Ald Ryan, and Past-presidents Dr Smith, John Ritchie sr, RH Ramsay, and Wm Adamson.  The vice-chairmen were 2nd vice-president Wm Christie and Treasurer WD McInstosh.

After supper letters of apology for absence were read from the President, Mr. Robt Green and from Dr Barker.  The usual loyal toasts were duly honoured.  After the last “The Governor-General,” Piper Anderson broke in with the stirring strains of “The Campbells are Coming.” Among the other toasts were “the land we left,” and “the land we live in,” Mr. Goldie replying to the former, and Mr. R Jaffray to the latter, alluding to the prominent Scotchmen who have made Canada what it is, paying special tribute to the late Senator Brown. “The agricultural, commercial, and manufacturing interests” were replied to in humorous speeches by Dr Smith, Ald Hallam, and Ald Ryan, and “the Mayor and corporation” by the Mayor and Ald Ryan, Steiner and Hallam.  The other toasts, the national societies, the press, the ladies, etc. were replied to in pithily in the happiest humour.  Not the least entertaining features of the evening’s proceedings were the songs and recitations.  Mr. Donald McLean sang “Come o’er the stream, Charlie” Mr. Wm Simpson “Since we were boys together” Mr. Dean “Scotland yet” and “Be kind to Auld Granny” Mr. JL Morrison, “The forty-four” Mr. Gordon Sheriff “Say let it be”; Mr. Chas Walker, “Better late than never”; and Mr. John Ritchie Sr “Heather Jock.”  Mr. AT McIntosh rendered in capital style, “Edinburgh after Flodden,” and Mr. Browning a humorous American piece. The gathering broke up about one o’clock with cheers for the Queen, and the singing of “Auld Lang Syne.”


Sons of Scotland Halloween Concert

Last evening the members of the King Robert de Bruce Camp no 2, Sons of Scotland, celebrated Halloween by a musical and literary entertainment in Occidental Hall, Queen Street West. There was a large attendance and the programme exclusively of Scottish songs, recitations, stories, etc., was received with much applause.  The chair was occupied by Chief David Miller, who at the close of a brief and appropriate address, introduced Mr. AC Black with a song.  “A Lad born in Kyle,” which was sung in good style and heartedly applauded.  Miss Maggie Barr of Hamilton followed in the beautiful song, “Within a mile o’ Edinburgh Town,” which she rendered in a manner which fairly took the audience by storm, and in response to a well-merited encore, brought down the house a second time with the song “Coming through the rye.”  Mr. Gordon Sheriff sang “My Heather Hills,” with fine effect and on being encored gave “The auld quarry knows” in excellent style.  Miss Constable was the next on the programme and sang “Auld Robin Gray” with exactly the voice and feeling necessary to do justice to that fine old air. A Humorous original recitation, entitled Halloween by Mr. Sheriff, and a similarly laughable one, “the auld sark sleeve” by Mr. Black, followed by the song, “Buy my Caller herrin’” by the first named gentleman closed this half of the programme.

After a brief interval, improved by Mr. A Urquhart in discoursing sweet strains on the bag-pipes, the Chairman resumed proceedings by reading a communication from His Worship the Mayor, expressive of his cordial sympathy with the objects of the Society, and his regret at not being able to attend the evening’s celebration.

A rich musical treat followed in the songs “MY Bonnie Wee Wife” and “Robin Adair,” by Miss Barr, both of which were exquisitely sung and rapturously applauded; as were likewise the efforts of Miss Constable, Mr. Black and other participants in the concluding part of the entertainment.

The concert throughout was an exceedingly choice one, and proved in every respected a most gratifying success.

JP Cuddy Jr Robbed? Montreal, 1895

La Presse, 6 August 1895, page 3

[English summary at end]

Cette Accusation de Vol

Contre Frank Labelle et Alice Beach

L’enquête dans l’affaire de Frank Labelle, ex-hôtelier de la rue Bleury, et de la femme Alice Beach, accuses de vol, s’est ouverte en cour de police, hier après-midi.

Le plaignant, JP Cuddy, Jr, est un commis-voyageur.  Il prétend que vers 6 heures de l’après-midi, le 25 du mois dernier, il a rencontré le prisonnier Labelle, sur la rue St Laurent.  Ils sont entrés à l’hôtel Corriveau et ont pris chacun trois verres.  Cuddy buvant du rhy-whisky.  Ils se sont ensuite rendus chez Cloutier ou ils encore pris plusieurs verres.  C’est là que Labelle a proposé une promenade en voiture, en ajoutant que sa femme les accompagnerait.  Le témoin a consenti, et tous deux sont partis dans la direction de la rue St Philippe.  En chemin, ils sont arrêtés dans une autre buvette tenue par un nomme Gariepy, coin des rues Dorchester et St Charles Borromée.  Le témoin ne se souvient pas ce qu’il a bu à cet endroit. Le propriétaire lui a dit le lendemain matin, cependant, qu’il lui avait servi deux verres d’eau « Caledonia. » Après cela, il ne se souvient de rien jusqu’au moment où un des portiers de l’Hôtel Richelieu l’a éveille vers 6 heures du matin. C’est alors qu’il s’est aperçu que son argent, environ $750 avait disparu.  Il est alors alles chez Labelle. Il a vu la femme Beach qui lui a dit qu’elle ne connaissait rien de l’affaire.  Le témoin a rencontré Labelle dans le courant de l’après-midi.  Le prisonnier lui a remis, en billet de banque, la somme de $122 en lui disant qu’il les avait ramassées sur le plancher.

Trans questionné par M Crankshaw, avocat de la défense, le témoin Cuddy dit que vers 1 heure ce jour-là, il avait reçu deux rouleaux de billets de banque se montant à $750.  L’argent lui avait été remis par sa sœur madame Corley, femme de T Corley, épicier, coin de l’avenue des Pins et de la rue St Laurent.

Le témoin refuse de répondre à une question que lui pose M Crankshaw qui veut savoir si l’argent lui appartenait ou non.  Il déclare que c’est une affaire de famille.

M le magistrat Lafontaine décida que la question ne devait pas être posée, et l’enquête s’ajourna a cette après-midi.


Summary/translation – JP Cuddy Jr met up with Mr Labelle at the Hotel Corriveau, and they had several drinks.  After drinking a bit they both went for a walk with Miss Beach, and arrived at another venue owned by Mr Gariepy, where more drinking occurred.  Mr Cuddy does not remember how much he drank.  He next remembers waking up at the Hotel Richelieu, and realized that the $750 his sister Mrs Corley, wife of the grocer T Corley, had given him the day before was missing. He went to see Labelle to ask for his money, and his wife (or girlfriend?) Miss Beach denied knowing anything about the money.   He then saw Labelle who gave him $122 which he had “found on the floor.”

So the question for me is this – why was my great-grandmother handing $750 to her brother?  Why would he not deposit it or put it someplace safe before drinking?  And OMG – just OMG!

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