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BOOK - Influence and Ambition: First Persons of Perth   (Lanark County, Ontario)
By Ron W. Shaw
Published by Global Heritage Press, Carleton Place, 2016

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The British Army created the Perth Military Settlement in 1816 as part of a plan to provide “for the present defense and future protection of Upper Canada”. By 1822, when administration of the settlement was passed to the Colonial Office, more than 1,250 discharged soldiers with their families, as well as 700 civilian families, had been settled in the surrounding Townships of Bathurst, Drummond, Elmsley and Beckwith in what is now Lanark County, Ontario.

In Influence & Ambition: First Persons of Perth, local historian Ron W. Shaw challenges many of the accounts left by the Perth’s ‘First Historian’, Reverend William Bell. Through colourful biographies of Bell and seventeen other ‘First Persons’ Shaw takes a fresh look at Perth’s earliest history and the men who made it; many of whom went on to become Canada’s leading pioneer legislators and business leaders.

Shaw includes many references to other early settlers while telling the stories of those eighteen community leaders.

This thoroughly researched book will entertain and inform anyone with an interest in the War of 1812, early settlement of Upper Canada, genealogy, or just the Town of Perth.

Contents include:
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 First Persons
  • Chapter 2 William Bell
  • Chapter 3 William Holderness
  • Chapter 4 William Morris
  • Chapter 5 Abbé Pierre-Jacques de La Mothe
  • Chapter 6 John Stewart
  • Chapter 7 John Adamson
  • Chapter 8 Joseph Légaré
  • Chapter 9 Josias William Tayler
  • Chapter 10 Michael O’Connor
  • Chapter 11 George Hume Reade
  • Chapter 12 William Matheson
  • Chapter 13 James Hamilton Powell
  • Chapter 14 James Boulton
  • Chapter 15 Henry Graham
  • Chapter 16 William Richards
  • Chapter 17 John Holliday
  • Chapter 18 Roderick Matheson
  • Chapter 19 Alexander Thom
  • Selected sources
  • Illustration credits
186 Pages
6 X 9"
Softcover or digital format (searchable pdf)
Published by Global Heritage Press, Carleton Place, 2016
978-1-77240-039-7 (pbk); 978-1-77240-040-3 (digital)

Local booksellers who stock this book:
  • Appleton/Almonte Ontario:
    • North Lanark Regional Museum (museum gift shop), 647 River Rd, Almonte [Appleton], ON. Phone:(613) 257-8503

  • Perth, Ontario
    • Book Nook (book store), 56 Gore St East, Perth, ON. Phone: (613) 267-2350
    • Inge-Va Museum (museum gift shop), 66 Craig St, Perth, ON. Phone:(613) 498-3003
    • Perth Museum/Matheson House (museum gift shop), 11 Gore St. East, Perth, ON. Phone: (613) 267-1947

About the author: Ron W. Shaw
    A native of Perth, Ontario, Ron W. Shaw studied journalism at Algonquin College and worked for newspapers, radio and television in northern and western Ontario for a decade before a 35 year career with non-governmental relief and development organizations in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Click for a list of Ron W. Shaw's books

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