Auld Kirk Church and Cemetery
Town of Almonte, Ramsay Township, Ontario, Canada
A Designated Heritage Site and Pioneer Presbyterian Church

Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893

November 14, 2009:
The Auld Kirk at Almonte in 1905 Picture Source: Lanark Legacy by Harold Morton Brown, page 35
Auld Kirk at Almonte, Ontario, Canada, in 1905
... and in 2009 Auld Kirk at Almonte, Ontario, Canada
Memorial outside the Auld Kirk
Auld Kirk Plaque at Almonte, Ontario, Canada Keywords: John Mitchell, Drummond Township, Beckwith Township
John Lockhart, Senior from Lanark, Scotland on the Earl of Buckinghamshire in 1821 * * Source: The Lanark Society Settlers by Carol Bennett, page 151
photos by Al Lewis
May 8, 2003: G'day I'm Gary J Byron , past President and the current WebMaster of the Lanark County Genealogical Society. I'm currently working on the recording and publishing an updated version of the Auld Kirk Cemetery Book. I'm looking for: 1) Information on people who are known to be buried, but are not listed on any stone. 2) Plus I'm looking for any Death or Obituary notices on anyone buried in the Auld Kirk Cemetery. Can You Help Me Out? Gary J Byron past President and Webmaster Lanark County Genealogical Society
August 13, 2004: Dear Mr. Lewis, I would like to know where I can access an index of the persons buried in the Auld Kirk Cemetery. I would like to know if any McQuarries are buried there. (specifically, a John McQuarrie) Sincerely, Nic Maennling ______________________ also posted on August 13, 2004: The Lanark Society Settlers by Carol Bennett, on page 115 gives information on the family of Neil McQuarrie and Flora McFarlane who came to Ramsay Township in 1821. Neil, Flora and their son John are buried in the Auld Kirk Cemetery. (see posting dated November 14, 2005 ... Al) ... Al
January 3, 2005: Al Lewis wrote: Good Morning Gary: Thanks for including me in a copy of your e-mail to Nic. Do you mind if I include a couple of your obituaries on my Auld Kirk page at Bytown or Bust? It will let people know what kind of useful work you are doing, and what you are looking for. Thanks, ... Al Lewis _________________________

also posted on January 5, 2005: G'day Al Thank you for your offer, Please find below three Obits that have an Ottawa connection. When I started this project of gathering together all the Obits of all the people that are buried in the Auld Kirk little did I know, the size and scope of the project. For I thought, at that time, it would be nice to have "a" book of Obits to go along with the inscription book. I've just published, the 3rd part of the Obituaries, Wrapping up the 4th part and started the research and gathering for the 5th part of what now looks like at least a book series of 7 parts. The collection when it's finished, will be an interesting read of the people and history of Almonte. Another interesting fact that I did not expect was the number of people buried in the Auld Kirk that never managed to have a stone put over their grave. That percentage is currently running at approx. 12% . The most of these people are "found" because I'm going through the newspaper-of-record for this cemetery. The Almonte Gazette, year by year, page by page. 140 years of reading But, I'm also finding, that a select few, of the people buried in the Auld Kirk that do have a stone, never managed to get any type of notice within The Almonte Gazette. The main reason for this is; that they lived outside the Almonte Area and did not have any living relatives that did. Therefore, no local interest, thus no coverage. It is with the help of my fellow Lanark Families Researchers that I have found and hope to continue to find some type of notice for these "Strays" in other papers within Eastern Ontario. My Quest is: For any information, and leads, on the People who are buried in the Auld Kirk Cemetery, near Almonte. Nothing is too small. yours Gary J Byron Wedmaster, Lanark County Genealogical Society 1873, Friday May 30 STONE 256 The Almonte Gazette page 2 Obituary It is our mournful duty to chronicle the death of an estimable and much respected resident -- Mrs Wylie, relict of Hon James Wylie. The deceased lady met with an accident some weeks ago, and although every effort was made to relieve her pain and prolong her days she unfortunately succumbed to its effects. But for this accident, her naturally robust constitution led to a belief that she might have be spared to her friends or many years yet. She was a native of Paisley, Scotland, and was born in 1790, her maiden name being Miss Hamilton. Marrying Mr Wylie, she accompanied him to Canada about the year 1827. He husband being employed for some years in connection with the construction of the Rideau Canal between Kingston and Ottawa, and on its completion in 1830 he with his family settled in the Township of Ramsay. Here he resided and engaged in mercantile pursuits until his death in 1854. In 1848 he was called by Her Majesty to the Legislative council of the Province of Canada. The offspring of the union are numerous and some of them and their descendants are occupying positions of high standing in Canada and Scotland. Mrs Wylie was a fine type of the old Scotch lady, and united with intellectual accomplishment of a high order, that tact and frankness of manner which endeared her alike to rich and poor, educated and uneducated. 1887, Friday September 2 VIRTUAL STONE 2306 The Almonte Gazette front page One More Gone On Wednesday of last week Mr Michael Curry, father of our townsman, Mr Matthew Curry, died in Ottawa, at the age of 85 years. He was one of pioneer settlers of Carleton County, and was called upon to endure even more than the usual amount of suffering and privation which fell to the lot of those who undertook the task of making homes for themselves in this country He was born in Leeds, England, when the present century was in its infancy, and came to this country quite a young man. For some years he acted as local preacher in the district surrounding Ottawa, and was the first Methodist layman who preached in Bytown. He afterwards settled at Long Island, on the Rideau, where he lived for a number of years, a much respected and honoured resident. In his younger days he had given some attention to the study of medicine, and was frequently called upon to minister to the physical ailments of his neighbours, a task which, as well as any other that was for their well-being, he was always willing to perform. His funeral was a very large one. 1899, Friday May 12 STONE 747 The Almonte Gazette page 8 The Late Thomas T. Burns The Herald says: Just as the clock indicated the hour of midnight last night, Mr Thomas Burns, of Ramsay, passed quietly away from this scene of strife, after a prolonged illness of several months, deceased being a victim to heart affliction. He was a son of the late William Burns, who came out from Ireland in 1842, first settling in Gloucester township, then a forest, his nearest neighbour being five miles distant. A year later he removed to Bytown (now Ottawa), where he spent five years, then came to Ramsay, settling on the farm now owned by his son William, on the 5 concession. The father died in the early 60's and the mother in 70, and left four sons, John, Thomas, William and Samuel, and one daughter, Mrs Hugh Hasty. John died in 1877. Thomas, the subject of this notice, served his apprenticeship as carder with the late Allan McDonald, of Carleton Place, afterwards working with Samuel Reid and William Paisley. He later on went to Pakenham and went to farming, which occupation he followed until his death, making for himself a comfortable home in Ramsay, where he died. He married Cecelia Waddell, daughter of the late James Waddell, and the union was blessed with three daughters, Mrs James Bowes, and Miss Sarah and Mary at home. Mr Burns was a man of strong religious convictions and seldom took part in any public question. He was much esteemed by his friends and neighbours and his sudden death is deeply regretted. He was a member of the Reformed Presbyterian church. The funeral took place to the 8th line cemetery, Ramsay, and was largely attended.
January 8, 2004: Diane Moorhead has contributed some info to Gary regarding persons interred in the Auld Kirk Cemetery. Here's an excerpt from one: Hi Gary You were asking for information on those buried in the Auld Kirk Cemetery. Some from my family tree are buried there. Clayton Moorhead (Aunt Retta is also buried there, I do not have a copy of her obituary) Here's a "revised" edition of CB's obit which will appear in the Arnprior Chronicle: MOORHEAD, Clayton Basil April 25, 1911 May 23, 2002 Veteran of W.W.II R.C.A.F. (Retired Royal Canadian Mint) Peacefully at Forest Hill Nursing Home, Kanata on Thursday, May 23, 2002 at age 91. Clayton Basil Moorhead, beloved husband of the late Retta Stanley and by first marriage of Georgina Marshall. Predeceased by his sisters Bessie Fulford and Joy McCooey and his four brothers Ellsworth, Gerald, Willard and Athol. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Brian Jarvis and was held in the Chapel of the Kerry Funeral Home in Almonte on Monday, May 27, 2002. Internment was in Auld Kirk Cemetery, Almonte. Donations made in memory of Clayton to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Another one of ours is: I do not have an obituary for her. Ellen Jane McLellan wife of William John Moorhead. (Moorhead Drive next to Fitzroy Provincial Park). Here is the info I have on Ellen Jane McLellan, her husband is buried in the Lowry Cemetery. Lowry Presbyterian Church, Carleton District Presbyterian Records Marriages: 11 Mar 1891 William John Moorhead of Huntley Township and Ellen Jane McLellan of Ramsay 1891 ................................................... Ontario Archives GS 932 Reel #71 Registration # 006421- 1891 SCHEDULE B MARRIAGES County of Lanark Township of Ramsay 006421 His Name: William John Moorhead Age: 28 years Residence when married: Huntley Place of Birth: Huntley Bachelor or Widower: B (B or W) Rank or Profession Farmer Name of Parents: Mary Donaldson Stephen Moorhead Her Name: Ellen Jane McLellan Age: 28 Residence when married: Ramsay Place of Birth:Ramsay Spinster or Widow: S (S or W) Name of Parents: Mary Rath Robert McLellan Name and Residence of Witnesses: John James Lowry, Fitzroy Georgie Wilson, March Township Annie McLellan, Ramsay Date and place of Marriage: 18 Mar 1891 Ramsay Religious Denomination of Bridegroom: Presbyterian Religious denomination of Bride: Do By Whom married: John McLaren (from McLaren's Landing ?) ........................ Lowry Presbyterian Church, Carleton District Presbyterian Records Baptisms: 11 Sept 1892 Clarence Whitfield Moorhead son of William Moorhead and Ellen Jane McLelland born 19 Jan 1892 Diane's e-mail address is: She is researching numerous other surnames.
November 1, 2005: Hello Gary & others: I am researching the Rea / Rae family. My great great grandfather was Hugh Rea b. abt 1824. His sister Sarah m. Andrew Wilson. She was born in Ramsay Township, Lanark County. From a book on the History of Blanshard [Perth County] in Review: "Andrew Rea Sr came from Ireland and settled in Perth in Carleton County in Eastern Ontario... James Rea and Hugh Rea, his sons came west to Blanshard..." There is a record in Land Book M pg 272 Petition Perth 62 for Rae, Andrew, emigrant Ramsay Twp. 2 Mar 1825. I am wondering if you would have any cemetery record for Andrew Rea/Rae. Barb Byers Bradley
November 15, 2005: Dear Mr. Lewis, It was Flora McFarlane, not "Sarah" who is buried with her husband, Neil McQuarrie, in the Auld Kirk Cemetery. I was the person who submitted the information about the McQuarrie family to Carol Bennett for her book on the Lanark Society Settlers. Hope you can amend this information on the web site. It's in the section about Auld Kirk Church and Cemetery. Thanks, Linda Lowrey (changed name Sarah to Flora in posting above, dated August 13, 2004 ... Al).
May 13, 2006: I came across your website and thought I would contribute the following funeral notices I discovered for my grandparents and aunt. "Died in Ramsay, Saturday, February 18, 1928 Henrietta Watson beloved wife of William Waddell Anderson, age 73 years. The funeral will take place from her husband's residence, 8th Line Ramsay, on Monday February 20, 1928 at 2:30, to vault at the Auld Kirk Cemetery." "Died at the Rosamond Memorial Hospital, Almonte, on Thursday, February 15, 1940, William W. Anderson in his 81st year. The funeral will take place on Saturday, February 17, 1940 at 2:30 p.m. from the residence of his son, William J. Anderson, 9th Line of Ramsay, to the Auld Kirk Cemetery. "At the Rosamond Memorial Hospital, Almonte, on Thursday, Dec.11th, 1952, Edith Jeanie Robertson, beloved wife of William J. Anderson in her 64th year. Resting at the Scott Funeral Home, Elgin St., Almonte, until Saturday, Dec. 13th, at 2:30 p.m. Service at the Funeral Home. Interment in the Auld Kirk Cemetery." Edith's husband, Bill Anderson, is buried there as well. He died Feb 1983. His son, Robert Anderson, of 9th Line Ramsay, died in January of 1983, buried in Auld Kirk Cemetery. My grandmother, Harriet Anderson, was a Watson from Scotchbush, Grattan Township (in Renfrew County). Submitted by Beverley Stiller (nee Anderson)
May 6, 2009: The Kirk is open for only the one Sunday in mid August for Decoration Sunday and even then the Memorial Service is held outside. Only once in the last while, that I know of, that this service was held inside because it was raining. For as far as I know there has been no regular service in the Kirk for decades beside the inside is quite plain with some old fashion benches. I've attached some photos of the inside of the Kirk. You can contact the following people in connection with the Cemetery and its Kirk Chairman of the Auld Kirk Cemetery Committee: Alan Lowry,, Almonte United Church Church Office: Cynthia Nichols (Secretary) Office Hours: 9am -12pm Noon, Monday to Friday Address: 106 Elgin Street Almonte, Ontario K0A 1A0 TEL: (613) 256-1355 FAX: (613) 256-0909 I hope this helps you Yours Gary J Byron

Thanks to Gary for the following two photos from inside the church.

May 23, 2009: Linda Hanly Reid has written a short biography of her Great Grandfather, Dr. John Frederick HANLY, who was an early physician and surgeon in Almonte.
Doctor John Frederick HANLY of Almonte Doctor John Frederick HANLY, Almonte, Ontario, Canada

September 11, 2010:
The farm of James Leach, Montague Township, Ontario, Canada, in 1902 Picture Source: Lanark Legacy by Harold Morton Brown, page 119
The farm of James Leach, Montague Township, Ontario, Canada, in 1902

April 19, 2011: Hi theresa. I did a story a few years ago about my mother and she is buried in the Auld kirk Cemetery. I can email you a copy if you would like. Anyhow I go back every now and then to visit the grave…..My Aunt and Uncle are also there and my grandparents. I was 4 years old when my mother was killed in a car accident and I spent a great deal of childhood worry as to where she was buried. When I eventually found out where she was all these years and visited the grave….I was so shocked and happy…The grave yard is so beautiful….Thank you… P.S. Because I love grave yards so much I am going to work on one in our community now and so I would like to correspond with someone that could help me with some information. Have a wonderful day. Nancy Roy
December 29, 2011: I am researching my family and I have read that my great great great grandfather John Cobb was buried in Auld Kirk Cemetery in 1829 but I cannot seem to find the gravestone on any sites that have pictures. Do you know where I could find such a picture? John came with his family from Scotland in 1821 as a Lanark Society Settler and settled in Ramsay Township. I do notice that the church was built in 1836 which would be after John died which poses a bit of a problem. I would appreciate any help you can give me. Sincerely, Dorcas Douglas ________________________________ The family of John Cobb came on the ship Commerce in 1821. There is some information regarding this family in Carol Bennett's book, The Lanark Society Settlers, page 192. ... Al
New January 29, 2013: A Cemetery Transcription of the burials for the Auld Kirk Cemetery is available for research in the Library of the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. ... Al
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