By Richard Feltoe
A Gentleman of Substance covers the extraordinary lifetime of John Redpath. Born to humble situations in Scotland in 1796, he emigrated to Canada in 1816 to develop into a stonemason in Montreal. via 1818 he had his personal construction and contracting company and was once engaged on the Lachine Canal in addition to a lot building and recovery paintings on structures in Montreal. His paintings at the Rideau Canal, as gotten smaller by way of Colonel John by means of, proven his company recognition, whereas his management in the Presbyterian Church stabilized his place locally. His involvement within the political and armed forces lifetime of Montreal is traced from earlier than the 1837 uprising interval via to his involvement with the Annexation stream, making him an visible candidate for the Montreal urban Council. the writer strains John Redpath's upwardly cellular social prestige, his friendship with Peter McGill, and his recognition into the elite society of Montreal, incomes him a spot in the coveted “Square Mile.” regardless of a rigorous enterprise agenda and large kin tasks (he fathered 17 children), he used to be a widespread benevolent contributor to group wishes, in addition to engaging on a number of forums and Committees and contributing to the shaping of the city layout of Montreal. recognition is given to his expansive domestic, Terrace financial institution, the next subdivision of his property and the early residential growth of Montreal, and to his founding of the Canada Sugar Refinery and its development.
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But why there? Further investigation provided a number of clues leading to a possible answer. Imagine, therefore, the level of personal strength needed to cope with the following chain of events. With virtually no warning, John had seen his wife collapse and rapidly deteriorate in health, dying in his arms before noon. He was now a widower with a family, including a sixmonth-old infant. Necessity dictated that to protect the family, Janets emaciated body needed to be removed immediately and interred.
53 A Gentleman of Substance SECOND FLOOR ATTIC Conjectural layout of the floor plans for Terrace Bank, compiled from an analysis of original architectural sketches and contemporary photographs. 54 Drawings by Mark Feltoe. , indicating Water Closet. 55 The view from Mount Royal in 1840, William Gauci, artist. CHAPTER SIX We Stand On Guard y October 1837, the political crisis that had plagued Lower Canada for the past five years was coming to a head. For months the Patriote "army" had held military parades and training sessions in open defiance of British authority.
Donaldson in New York City on May 6, 1837: . . I have commenced my farming operations in good earnest, having engaged a farmer with his sub and each of these has his plough and pair of horses. 6 The original farmhouse of the Des Rivieres estate. Later known as Ivy Cottage and the home of John's granddaughter Lily Dougall. " This social advancement was also reflected in John Redpath's decision to establish a new home for himself and his family, well outside the urbanized core of the city with its inherent socio-political and health threats.
A Gentleman of Substance: The Life and Legacy of John Redpath (1796-1869) by Richard Feltoe