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History of the County of Perth, 1825-1902 William Johnston, 1903
Alexander Gourlay was born in Galloway, Scotland, in 1804. When a young man he left his home, going to England, and entering into mercantile business. Here he remained for some time, emigrating to Canada in 1843, settling in Ellice the same year. Mr Gourlay was a good specimen of the Scotch; energetic and aspiring, honest and trustworthy. He was a member of the old district council, and, on the introduction of the Municipal Act of 1850, took an active part in local municipal government. He was a member of the first council of Ellice, and sat as reeve from 1851 to 1853, inclusive. Mr Gourlay was a consistent Presbyterian. During the period he resided in England he married a sister of the late John Pearson. Subsequent to the death of this lady he married Miss Riddell, of Paris, Ontario. Mr Gourlay died on May 6th, 1879, at the age of 75 years.
About Perth County, Ontario
Welcome to Perth County GenWeb, your online guide to Perth County Genealogy since February 1998! I am Meg Fuller, Your Coordinator for this County site.
I hope you enjoy your visit. Please email me if you have any suggestions or contributions you would like to make.
I hope you find my efforts helpful in your research of your County roots. I am unable to do additional research on your family as I do not have direct access to records. I post everything I have for all to use.
Perth County is located in south-western Ontario in about the middle of the peninsula. There are many small towns and hamlets in this area, and the largest city is Stratford. Stratford currently has a population of about 30 000. This population swells in the summer tourist season! For the most part Perth County consists of rural agricultural land. The other major industry is tourism because of the Stratford Festival.
It is one of the few counties in South-Western Ontario that doesn't touch any of the Great Lakes. Because of its location, and distance from the Great Lakes, it was one of the last areas in Ontario to be settled. People who aren't familiar with Ontario often confuse it with Perth, a city in Lanark County. If it's Perth, Lanark County you're after, or if your reference just says Perth, here's a link to the Lanark County GenWeb. But it was nice of you to visit.