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Following article posted Dec. 13, 1999 Vol. III No. 26

Roving Reporters
   Alan Rayburn, arayburn@magma.ca

PLACE NAMES IN CANADA


Leeds County, Ontario

Leeds County is in the area of Brockville, Ontario, almost opposite Ogdensburg, New York. This county was named in 1792 by Lt-Gov John Graves Simcoe for Francis Godolphin Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds (1751-99). He was secretary of state for foreign affairs, 1783-91. For municipal purposes Leeds and Grenville counties were united in 1852. See also Front of Leeds and Lansdowne, and Rear of Leeds and Lansdowne townships.

If you are planning to undertake a genealogical search, I recommend that you place a query in the Leeds and Grenville Branch (Ontario Genealogical Society) News and Views. Their address is Box 536, Brockville ON K6V 5V7. E-mail messages may be sent to dmack@Recorder.ca

Lansdowne, Ontario

This community in Front of Leeds and Lansdowne Township, united counties of Leeds and Grenville, 15 km northeast of Gananoque, was named after Lansdowne Township, itself given for William Petty Fitzmaurice, Earl of Shelbourne, who was created Marquis of Lansdowne in 1784. It developed on the coach road connecting Montréal and Kingston, but with the building of the Grand Trunk Railway in 1856, the place was relocated 2 km to the north.

If you are planning to undertake a genealogical search, I recommend that you place a query in the Leeds and Grenville Branch (Ontario Genealogical Society) News and Views. Their address is Box 536, Brockville ON K6V 5V7. E-mail messages may be sent to dmack@Recorder.ca






Books by Alan Rayburn:

Place Names In Ontario In this, the first wide-ranging survey of Ontario's place names, Alan Rayburn has reviewed 2285, including those of all 815 municipalities, as well as of unincorporated places with populations exceeding 75 and of a large selection of the more prominent lakes, rivers, islands, points, hills, mountains, and highways.

Naming Canada Stories About Place Names from Canadian Geographic 'This isn't your garden-variety let's-poke-fun at Dildo, Newfoundland. Author Rayburn looks at the origins of the place-names and how - and why - they've been altered by local tongue.'


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