Where those names orig­i­nated

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - -- Richard Ma­honey

Ever won­der how Glen­garry com­mu­ni­ties got their names? Here are the ori­gins of some lo­cal places. Athol: It was prob­a­bly named af­ter the orig­i­nal vil­lage in Scot­land. Athol was a busy cen­tre from 1850-70. The public school was fea­tured in Glen­garry School Days by au­thor Ralph Con­nor. A replica of the school could be seen at Up­per Canada Vil­lage.

Ap­ple Hill: A Cana­dian Pa­cific Rail­way train ran through an ap­ple or­chard owned by Sandy Kennedy. It was once known as “Car­a­van’s Cor­ners.”

Bainsville: First known as Bain’s Field, which is said to have been named af­ter a McBain. There was a rail­way that went through the area in 1855.

Breadal­bane: Named af­ter a Breadal­bane town in Loch Tay re­gion of Perthshire. It was set­tled by Scot­tish pi­o­neers from the area prior to 1816, which was when the first Bap­tist church was opened.

Brodie: named for John Brodie, the only Covenan­ter among the group that set­tled there in about 1815 and founded a church for the re­li­gion. A covenan­ter was part of a Scot­tish Pres­by­te­rian move­ment whose mem­bers signed a con­tract, and by do­ing so promised to keep their re­li­gion from be­ing changed by out­side in­no­va­tions. An early set­tler of Brodie, Wil­liam Jamieson, in­vented a ston­ing ma­chine to help farm­ers re­move large boul­ders from their fields, one of which can be viewed in the Glen­gar­ryPioneer Mu­seum’s col­lec­tion.

Do­min­ionville: The orig­i­nal vil­lage started at Not­field. There were two pic­nics held in the vil­lage to cel­e­brate Con­fed­er­a­tion of 1867, and the name was cho­sen in honor of the New Dominion of Canada.

Dun­ve­gan: From Dun­ve­gan on the Isle of Skye in Skye, Scot­land. The name is be­lieved to mean “lit­tle fort” in Gaelic, but may have a Norse (Nor­we­gian lan­guage) ori­gin. The Kenyon Vil­lage dates from 1804, the lo­cal post of­fice opened in 1862.

Fas­sifern: Fas­sifern, Scot­land was orig­i­nally pop­u­lated by a large num­ber of clan Cameron. When many Cameron mem­bers came to Canada, they de­cided to hon­our their na­tive vil­lage by nam­ing it Fas­sifern. In Scot­land, the vil­lage was for­merly home to Dr. Archibald Cameron, a clan hero, ex­e­cuted in 1745.

Fiske’s Cor­ners: Called so be­cause a Hughie MacMil­lan nick­named Fiske had a store here. Many other ru­ral ham­lets around the area also got their names from peo­ple or their nick­names. The ham­let also had a cheese fac­tory and black­smith shop.

Glen Sand­field: Glen­garry na­tive John Sand­field MacDonald was the First Premier of On­tario. He was re­spon­si­ble for both the cre­ation of the Univer­sity of Toronto and the set­tle­ment of many south­ern On­tario coun­ties by giv­ing out ex­tremely cheap land grants to Euro­pean set­tlers. The word ‘Glen’ is Gaelic, mean­ing a stream shaped in a dis­tinc­tive glacial U.

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