History of the County of Perth, 1825-1902
William Johnston, 1903
WALTER MURRAY was born in the parish of Kilpatrick, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, in 1823. He was a son of John Murray, and came to Canada in 1841, settling on lot 16, concession 6, Downie. He was the first pioneer in this section, and followed the Avon into the woods, far remote from any other settler. I need not detail the hardships endured for several years subsequent to this, and which were inseparable from backwoods life. Suffice it to say that Mr Murray has met with abundant success, and, like many an old pioneer, has reason to rejoice that he came to Canada in search of a home. In 1853 he married Elizabeth Ballantyne, to whom were born eleven children, several having settled around the old place. Mr Murray is a Presbyterian in religion, a Reformer in politics, and in principle an honest man.
Meg Fuller Perth County Coordinator
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