Highland Clearances

The Highland Clearances The day will come when the big sheep will put the plough up in the rafters . . . The big sheep will overrun the country till they meet the northern sea . . . in the end, old men shall return from new lands.  The Brahan Seer ( 17th century Highland Prophet)Continue reading “Highland Clearances”

Scottish Soldier

Rogart…even the inhabited land is everywhere encumbered with rock. Thompson, John, The Traveller’s Guide to Scotland & its Isles, 1824 Clan Map of Scotland, Rogart is marked with a star William Leslie was in the Fencibles, but some of these militia men also volunteered for short-term service in the new 93rd Regiment of Foot, knownContinue reading “Scottish Soldier”

Canada’s Johnny Appleseed

  George Leslie’s was Canada’s very own “Johnny Appleseed”, but who was the original Johnny? And how was George like Johnny? The original “Johnny Appleseed” was John Chapman (1774-1845). The myth of Johnny Appleseed has him wandering around America, scattering apple seeds here and there. Like all myths, it has an element of truth. John ChapmanContinue reading “Canada’s Johnny Appleseed”

Morse Street: By The Numbers

Morse Street opens and first house built Globe July 24 1883 Morse Street John Brickenden lived on Morse Street. Toronto Star March 11, 1899 The Brickendens were well known butchers, carriage makers and builders. Alderman Stewart lived on Morse Street and improved his grounds and painted his house in 1894. Toronto Star July 27, 1899 Before theContinue reading “Morse Street: By The Numbers”

Craven Road: By The Numbers

Erie Terrace was renamed Craven Road officially in 1924. There were houses on the street from the spring of 1906 onwards, but the Directory canvassers did not cover them. They probably thought the shacks not worthy of mention. Each Directory reflects the year before its publication date. So the 1908 Directory reflects the street asContinue reading “Craven Road: By The Numbers”

The Duke of York

THE DUKE “The Duke of York” 1225 Queen Street East “The Duke of York … is the oldest continuous business in the east-end Toronto neighborhood of Leslieville.  A former stagecoach stop and hotel, the watering hole sits at the heart of an area that has remained determinedly working class – one of the last enclavesContinue reading “The Duke of York”