Lochaber Township, Argenteuil County Quebec, Canada
History and Genealogy
including Archibald McMILLAN



May 5, 2005:

About 1820, a Scotsman named McMillan, living in Montreal, acquired a large grant of land just east
of the Buckingham area. He returned to Scotland and chartered a 
ship to bring settlers to his new land. His name was Archibald McMillan of Murlaggan and
he's mentioned in the book The Upper Ottawa Valley to 1855, edited by Richard Reid
and his migration scheme is described in the book People of Glengarry, by Marianne McLean.

Also, see an excerpt from Marianne McLean's book, below, posted on April 8, 2011:

More than in any other part of Ontario or Quebec, the Ottawa Valley was settled
by organized group settlement (for example, Glengarry, Lanark, Goulbourn and the
Peter Robinson settlers). The Lochaber settlers had many connections to the
Glengarry (Upper Canada) Scots and McMillan had a tough
time to get his people to Lochaber - many of them already had relatives across the
Ottawa River in Glengarry. Finally he persuaded many to join him in Lochaber.
In 1802, a group of settlers had come from Lochaber (Scotland) to Glengarry in Upper
Canada. (see The Lochaber Emigrants to Glengarry).

Here's one family who came in 1822: (Thanks to Lloyd Miller)

James C. McFarlane
Hi, My grandmother Hannah McFarlane was born in Lochaber Quebec 21 July 1865. She married Thomas Orr in Ottawa Dec 23 1892. (The Orr family were from Argenteuil County). I found all the James C. McFarlane children in the St. Stephens Church Baptism records in Buckingham starting with the birth of William Thomas in 1850 in Lochaber. They had a farm in Lochaber. I haven't found the marriage information re James C. McFarlane who was born at sea in 1822 and Hannah Tompkins, probably around 1849 or so. I visited the St Stephens church in Buckingham a few years ago and found some headstones , broken, but still there, for McFarlanes and Tompkins. I tried to find the farm in Lochaber but ...failed.. I just stumbled on your Buckingham www and thought you might be interested in my ancestors. Sadly most of the McFarlanes died at young ages. Hannah , my grandmother died in Latchford Ontario (Renfrew County) in 1909 leaving 5 young children. The village of Latchford is named after Frank Latchford, member of Parliament, and an elder at St. Patrick's Basilica on Kent Street in downtown Ottawa). I recently found some McFarlane descendants but it has been from 1909 to 2004 to find this tiny connection. I just thought you might be interested in my Lochaber connection. I searched Scotland for a year for Lochaber and from the wedding in 1892 determined it was Lochaber Quebec which was all new to me. If you know of any McFarlanes or Tompkins descendents in that area, interested in genealogy. I would be interested in learning of them. Please feel free to use the information I have sent you. It would be nice to find information on James C McFarlane born at Sea in 1822. and his wife Hannah Tompkins. There were a lot of Tompkins and McFarlanes in the Buckingham, St. Stephen Church records ca 1848 to 1948. Thomas Orr was married to Hannah McFarlane in Ottawa in 1892 at the Presbyterian Church of England by Reverend Geo. McRitchie. John D. McFarlane and Eliza Jane Tompkins were witness'. Thomas was a blacksmith in Bryson, Pontiac County, Quebec at that time. The family moved from Ottawa to Whitney (just east of Algonquin Park on Highway 60) in 1900, Latchford about 1907,and then to Timmins, Ontario. I have been unable to identify the church in Ottawa and have wondered if it was still standing. You cant imagine the thrill of finding James C McFarlane's and Hannah Tompkin's tombstones in Buckingham, both broken in half but there, and legible. and the records of the ten McFarlane children recorded in the church records. In Beautiful Muskoka Lloyd M Miller lmmiller@sympatico.ca Descendants of James C. McFarlane 1 James C. McFarlane b: 28 Feb 1822 in At Sea, Scotland d. 05 Oct 1887 in Lochaber, Quebec + Hannah Tompkins b: Abt. 12 Apr 1821 in County Wicklow, Ireland d. 12 Jan 1893 in Lochaber, Quebec .......... 2 William Thomas McFarlane b 24 Jun 1850 in Lochaber, Quebec d Unknown .............. + Mary Ann Gutcher b 03 Dec 1849 in Rolph Township, Renfrew County, Ontario ...................... 3 William McFarlane b 1875 in Renfrew North, Ontario ...................... 3 John McFarlane b 1876 in Quebec ...................... 3 Isabella McFarlane b 1878 in Quebec ...................... 3 [1] Benjamin McFarlane b: 28 Feb 1879 in Buckingham, Quebec d: Unknown in Pembroke, Ontario .......................... +Catherine Arbour b 20 May 1879 in Chalk River, Ontario d: Bef. 1911 in Point Alexander, Ontario ...................... *2nd Wife of [1] Benjamin McFarlane: .......................... + Margaret Ellen Lavigne b: 12 Mar 1898 in Rolph Township Renfrew , Ontario d: 12 Oct 1970 in Pembroke, Ontario ...................... 3 Robert McFarlane b: 28 Jan 1881 in Renfrew North Ontario ...................... 3 Mary McFarlane b: 1884 in Renfrew North Ontario ...................... 3 Hannah Jane McFarlane b: 08 Apr 1887 in Rolph Township Renfrew, Ontario ...................... 3 Nan Finnigan b: 02 Aug 1889 in England .......... 2 Catherine Young McFarlane b: 17 May 1852 in Lochaber, Quebec d: 13 Feb 1877 in Lochaber, Quebec .......... 2 Francis Amelia McFarlane b: 29 Aug 1853 in Lochaber, Quebec d: 28 Oct 1870 in Lochaber, Quebec .......... 2 James C. McFarlane b: 08 Apr 1855 in Lochaber, Quebec d: 30 Apr 1881 in Coch, Island .......... 2 Jemima McFarlane b: 22 Dec 1856 in Lochaber, Quebec .......... 2 John Denis McFarlane b: 25 Jul 1858 in Lochaber, Quebec d: 10 Sep 1909 in Buckingham, Quebec .......... 2 Mary McFarlane b: 07 Jan 1860 in Lochaber, Quebec d: Unknown .......... 2 Soloman McFarlane b: 28 Sep 1861 in Lochaber, Quebec d: Unknown .......... 2 Hannah McFarlane b: 21 Jul 1865 in Lochaber, Quebec d: 28 Sep 1909 in Latchford, Ontario .............. + Thomas Orr b: 23 Dec 1867 in 46 Rose St. Hutchesontown, Glasgow, Scotland d: 09 Sep 1938 in Timmins, Ontario ...................... 3 Olive Edith Orr b: 08 Dec 1893 in Stittsville, Goulbourn Township, Ontario d: 06 Mar 1951 in New Liskeard, Ontario .......................... +George Franklin Findlay aka: Frank b: 28 Jun 1897 in Walters Falls, Ontario d: 06 Aug 1989 in New Liskeard, Ontario ...................... 3 Thomas Osborne Orr b: 06 Aug 1896 in Whitney, Ontario d: 10 Oct 1970 in Barrie, Ontario .......................... + Ruperta Barnes b: 21 May 1897 in Kinmount, Ontario d: 09 Feb 2003 in St. Marys, Ontario ...................... 3 Boy One Orr b: 1898 in Whitney, Ontario, Canada d: 1898 in Whitney Ontario, Canada ...................... 3 Boy Two Orr b: 1898 in Whitney, Ontario d: 1898 in Whitney, Ontario ...................... 3 John Clifford Orr b: 12 Jun 1899 in Whitney Ontario d: 29 May 1900 in Whitney Ontario 11 months 14 days ...................... 3 Hazel Margaret Orr b: 10 Mar 1901 in Whitney, Ontario d: 09 Jul 1979 in Lady Isabella Nursing Home Trout Creek, Ontario .......................... + William Herbert Miller b: 11 May 1892 in Haliburton, Ontario d: 26 Jan 1980 in Trout Creek, Ontario ...................... 3 Lorne Elswood Orr b: 10 Mar 1901 in Whitney, Ontario d: 14 Mar 1953 in Toronto, Ontario .......................... + Queenie Swaddling b: Unknown d: 1970 ...................... 3 Charlotte Alvina Orr b: 25 Jul 1903 in Whitney Ontario d: 15 Aug 1903 in Whitney Ontario ...................... 3 Eliza Jane Orr b: 25 Jul 1903 in Whitney Ontario d: 16 Aug 1903 in Whitney Ontario ...................... 3 Albert Clifford Orr b: 22 Jul 1908 in Latchford, Ontario d: 07 Dec 1963 in Timmins, Ontario .......................... + Georgina Robinson .......... 2 Elizabeth Hannah McFarlane b: 20 Apr 1869 in Lochaber Quebec d: 05 Jul 1888 in Lochaber Quebec. By the way, has anyone transcribed the St Stephens Anglican graveyard in Buckingham Quebec? ... Lloyd Miller
See also French surnames in Lochaber in the 1850's.


June 14, 2007: Hello, My name is Avril Yard, I am a McFarlane, I am Scottish, my father's name was George Thomas McFarlane,who served from 1940/45 in Scotland, in the Royal Canadian Foresty corp., met my mom hence me. His father was Robert Henry McFarlane who is the brother to your grandmother Hannah Jane McFarlane (my date for her is 1887), so that makes us second cousins. I will give you the infomation I have, some of my date differ to yours but only by a year. James McFarlane (the 1st) was the father of the james c. McFarlane who was born on the ship the Earl of Buckinghamshire, my date was 1821, he was from Paisley in Scotland. I will get round to finding out more from this side of the McFarlanes. William Thomas McFarlane (father of your grandma) married Mary-Ann Gutcher b. Dec3 1849 in Rolph township, m. 3rd Sept 1873 in Rolph township Renfrew County, Ontario. (Mary-ann was the daughter of George Gutcher & Lynda Evans m. Aug 24 1846 Pembroke Ontario). William Thomas McFarlane had a farm in Point Alexander the road is called Burks Rd. there is a small church on the main highway where some of William's children are buried but only the names on the church notice, the graves are marked with small white crosses, my grandmother is there, her name was Christina holmer, Isabella McFarlane Mary clara McFarlane and I'm not sure but I think your Grandma also. After William died Robert (my granddad) & Bemjamin ran the farm then latterly Robert who then sold it and moved to Timmins Ontario. There was also an adopted sister of 4 yrs, Mary Margaret Pinagor, children were shipped over by Queen Victoria, I hope this all makes sense to you, there are some McFarlanes living still in Renfrew County. We are coming to Canada on the 23rd Aug., this year to uncle Andy's (Robert Andrew McFarlane) 50th wedding anniversary. maybe you're close by that we could meet, the other cousin's are Hoffman and Dole, which I'll explain later, I'm sure they'd love to hear from you, maybe I could give you their addresses. Also there's an old schoolhouse museum at Point Alexander, there is a lot of info there about William Thomas McFarlane and his Family. I do have a few picture is you would like them maybe not of your side but there is one of a Gutcher. I'm so excited I found your page. hope you will get in touch. Kindest regards ... Avril
April 8, 2011:
The 1802 Migration from the Scottish Highlands to Lochaber Township Source: The People of Glengarry, Highlanders in Transition, 1745-1820 page 191 Scottish Migration to Lochaber Township, Argentuil County, Quebec, Canada

New March 3, 2012:
Text Source: History of the Counties of Argenteuil, Quebec and Prescott, Ontario, by Cyrus Thomas, John Lovell and Son, Montreal, 1896, page 367 Archibald McMillan and early settlers in Argenteuil County, Quebec (much more information in the book ... Al)

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