Villages & Geography
D. River, D. Basin, D. Harbour, D. Lake
Last Updated 4 Mar 2001
Digdeguash is located about two miles east of Bocabec, near the mouth of the Digdeguash River at the head of Digdeguash Harbour. It extends up the river some ways and gradually merges into Johnson Settlement and Elmsville. Digdeguash is one of the major communities in Saint Patrick Parish and was once the site of a shipbuilding and lumbering operation.
Pronounciation: dig'-de-gwash with three syllables (not dig'-a-de-gwash with four syllables)
Spelling: "Digdeguash" (not "Digdequash" or "Digedeguash")
Recognized Names: The Canadian Geographical Names Data Base recognizes "Digdeguash", "Digdeguash River", "Digdeguash Lake" and "Digdeguash Basin". "Digdeguash Harbour" has been officially rescinded.
Digdeguash Post Office (off-site) From the National Archives of Canada Post Offices database )
Entries from Ganong (1896, p. 230)
Digdeguash River.-From the Passamaquoddy Dik-te-quesk'. In the Boyd Journal of 1763 as Dictequash ; Mitchell's Field Book, 1764, has Deetwesst ; Dickawasset occurs in Boyd's grant of 1767 ; Wright, 1772, has Dictuguash. There seem, therefore, to be two forms of the name. An old plan has Meander.
Little Digdeguash River and Lakes.-(York). In Passamaquoddy the lakes are Quee-tol-a-quee-gun-ah-gum, which they say = dry meat there. They empty into Palfrey, but a slight alteration in level would send them into the Digdeguash, where perhaps, they once emptied. Their similarity in name in the face of this fact is very curious.
Digdeguash Lake.-Origin ? On plan on 1829 or earlier. Bonnor, 1820, has Nine Mile Lake.
Entry from the 1823 General Gazette (off-site; transcribed by a Mr. Charles Arceneaux)
DICKWASSET, or DIGDEGUASH, a river of New Brunswick,which falls into Pssamaquoddy bay.
Entries from Lovell's Gazetteer of 1877
DIGDEGUASH RIVER, takes its rise in the S.W. extremity of York co., N. B., flows S.E. and falls into Passamaquoddy Bay about 12 miles from St. Andrews. Length 45 miles. There are a number of saw mills on this river which annually manufacture a large quantity of lumber. Its banks are heavily wooded. [p. 387]
DIGDEGUASH, a post settlement in Charlotte co., N.B., 10 miles from Chamcook. Pop. 150. [pp. 101-2]
Entry from McAlpine's Maritime Gazetteer of 1892, p. 457
Didgeguash[sic], a post settlement in Charlotte Co., 10 miles from Chamcook, fare 50 cts., pop. 150.
Entry from McAlpine's Maritime and Newfoundland Gazetteer of 1898, p. 705 New!
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