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History of the County of Perth, 1825-1902
William Johnston, 1903


John McINTYRE was born at Lismore, Argyleshire, in 1788. At an early age he entered the navy as midshipman, taking part in several engagements during that distracting period extending over the first fifteen years of last century. On his retirement at the close of the Peninsular was he became a resident of Paisley, then the centre of Radicalism in Scotland. The impetus given to democratic principles by events transpiring and arising out of the French revolution had aroused the Scotch. The terrible depression succeeding the Napoleonic wards had stirred the inhabitants of manufacturing districts to a verge of action against the corn laws and parliamentary representation. Radicalism, with its sister principle Chartism, was rampant, and Mr McIntyre in such an elemental maelstrom was soon drawn in to the vortex. Paisley was for a time almost under martial law, and certain speeches he had delivered in the cause of freedom rendered it necessary for his safety that he leave his native land forever, and seek in Canadian woods that liberty of thought and action which was denied him in his own native Scotland.

In 1820 he arrived in Dalhousie, County of Lanark and took up the burden of pioneer life. He was a fine specimen of the intelligent backwoodsman - an ideal white chief of the forest; energetic, honest, with strong reflective powers, and of more than ordinary ability. As might be expected, he soon became prominent in the new settlement; was a magistrate, and on one occasion a candidate for parliamentary honours.


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The Townships of Perth County

Blanshard Township and town of St Marys
Downie Township
North Easthope
South Easthope
Ellice Township
Elma township
Fullarton Township
Hibbert Township
Logan Township
Mornington Township
City of Stratford
Wallace Township and town of Listowel

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$ Perth County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society

Stratford-Perth Archives
The Stratford Beacon-Herald the main newspaper for the area

The Listowel Banner is the main newspaper in the north part of the county

County of Perth
Museums of Perth County
Perth County Historical Foundation
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Town of North Perth
Township of Perth East
Township of West Perth
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