New Edinburgh, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
A Neighbourhood founded by Thomas McKAY
Scotland to Ottawa, Canada, 1820's



 June 1, 2021:

The following picture is from the book The Rideau: A Pictorial History of the Waterway, Edited by Adrian G. Ten Cate, 
Besancourt Publishers, ISBN 0-920032-04-4, 1981, page 121. Keywords, Public Archives of Canada, C18683

Rideau Falls, 1864

February 24, 2021: The following picture is from the book The Rideau: A Pictorial History of the Waterway, Edited by Adrian G. Ten Cate, Besancourt Publishers, ISBN 0-920032-04-4, 1981, page 58. Keywords, New Edinburgh, Thomas Burrowes, McKay Lake Ottawa.
Lake at New Edinburgh painted by Thomas Burrowes

February 9, 2021: Here is the mill property when Jean Baptiste St. Louis owned it. This picture and text is from the book Bartlett's Canada - A pre-Confederation journey, Introduction by Henry C. Campbell, Chief Librarian, Toronto Public Library, McLelland and Stewart, 1968, no ISBN, page 49. W.H. Bartlett, Painter
Mill at Rideau Falls, 1830 built and owned by Jean Baptiste St. Louis text Mill at Rideau Falls, 1830 built and owned by Jean Baptiste St. Louis pic

In 1838 this property was sold to Thomas McKay. December 1, 2020:
Rideau Falls showing the "curtain" effect This picture is from page 111 of the book Ottawa: The Capital of Canada, by Shirley E. Woods Jr., Doubleday, 1980, ISBN 0-385-14722-8 Rideau Falls showing the Curtain Effect

November 9, 2020:
Thomas McKay, Founder of New Edinburgh Neighbourhood This picture is from page 69 of the book Ottawa: City of the Big Ears, by Robert Haig, 1969, Haig and Haig Publishing Company, Ottawa, no ISBN. Thomas McKay, friend of Colonel John By
keywords: Lieutenant Colonel John By November 8, 2020:
Source for the following photographs of New Edinburgh is Ottawa Past and Present, by A.H.D. Ross, 1927, Musson Book Company, reprinted by Global Heritage Press in 2007, ISBN 978-1-897446-00-3, page 174. The paintings, from 1845, were both done by Thomas Burrowes. New Edinburgh, 1845, from Bytown side

November 6, 2020:
Source for the following photograph of the Rideau Falls is Ottawa Past and Present, by A.H.D. Ross, 1927, Musson Book Company, reprinted by Global Heritage Press in 2007, ISBN 978-1-897446-00-3, page 119. Rideau Falls, man with top hat

October 22, 2020: Source for the following detailed painting of the Rideau Falls in 1826 is Ottawa Past and Present, by A.H.D. Ross, 1927, Musson Book Company, reprinted by Global Heritage Press in 2007, ISBN 978-1-897446-00-3, page 4. This water colour was painted by Thomas Burrowes
Rideau Falls in 1826
Source for the following detailed painting of the Rideau Falls in 1826 is Ottawa Past and Present, by A.H.D. Ross, 1927, Musson Book Company, reprinted by Global Heritage Press in 2007, ISBN 978-1-897446-00-3, page 4. This water colour was painted by Thomas Burrowes
Rideau Falls in 1826
September 19, 2020:
This picture is from The Hub and the Spokes by Anson Gard, page 28 in the images section. "Rideau Falls falling into the Ottawa River". This is another rare picture and shows Rideau Falls with persons and a canoe. Rideau Falls showing persons and a canoe, c. 1820's
September 25, 2015: Al, I have been spending time on the www.erudit.org site, a great source for genealogy background. This article presents an interesting look at Thomas McKay: http://www.erudit.org/revue/ram/1932/v11/n1/300105ar.pdf The title and author of this paper is "The Honourable Thomas McKay, M.L.C., Founder of New Edinburgh, 1792-1855" by Francis J. Audet, the Report of the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association / Rapports annuels de la Société historique du Canada, vol. 11, no. 1, 1932, p. 65-79. ... Mark Cullen
June 13, 2008:
Photo Source: Where Rivers Meet: An Illustrated History of Ottawa, page 36 Thomas McKay photo, c. 1850

February 9, 2021: Here is the property when Jean Baptiste St. Louis owned it. This picture and text is from the book Bartlett's Canada - A pre-Confederation journey, Introduction by Henry C. Campbell, Chief Librarian, Toronto Public Library, McLelland and Stewart, 1968, no ISBN, page 49.

Mill at Rideau Falls, 1830 built and owned by Jean Baptiste St. Louis text Mill at Rideau Falls, 1830 built and owned by Jean Baptiste St. Louis pic

In 1838 this property was sold to Thomas McKay. Names for search engine: W.C. Edwards, New Edinburgh, Jean Baptiste St. Louis


August 29, 2008:
The W. C. Edwards Saw Mills on the east side of Rideau Falls, c. 1900 Photo Source: Hurling Down the Pine by Bond and Hughson, page 36

February 5, 2010:
Map of New Edinburgh in 1879 Source: McGill University Digital Maps New Edinburgh, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, map in 1879
Sketch by Michael Flynn, Corner of MacKay and Victoria Streets Map showing the intersection of MacKay and Queen Victoria Streets, New Edinburgh, in 2010 From the Ottawa Journal, March 13, 1976 Source: Google Maps House in New Edinburgh, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1976 Map of New Edinburgh, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, map in 2010

April 13, 2010: The McKay family was prominent in the founding of Beechwood National Cemetery in New Edinburgh.
June 30, 2010: The James Fraser Schoolhouse, built by Thomas McKay in 1837 Source: National Capital Region Heritage, page 106-107 Schoolhouse of James Fraser, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Schoolhouse of James Fraser, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada By 1844, James Fraser has opened another school on Sparks Street, in Uppertown. Source: Bytown Gazette, July 4, 1844 School of James Fraser, Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 1844

August 7, 2011: Al: Included in my late father's box of memorabilia was a xeroxed copy of Memories of the Burgh, published privately by Ethel Sivyer Proulx in 1991. It is a 68 page collection of the "Memories of the Burgh" column that she wrote for the New Edinburgh News in 1986-1990. The stories speak to people, places, stores, businesses, etc. from New Edinburgh in the 1890-1930 period. I read it with great anticipation since my father was raised on Noel Street in the '20s and '30s, but, unfortunately, nothing was written about my Cullens. There were a couple of mentions of other relatives, though. Even though the timing is a little later than your normal coverage, I was thinking it might be of interest to you for your bibliography section and/or for setting up a new page on people from the Burgh. Let me know and I will send it to you. Mark Cullen ________________________ Mark: Thanks for sending this to me. I read it with interest as there is a lot of material covered in it. ... Al
Here's a scan of the index to the articles included in the book: Memories of New Edinburgh, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Source for the following picture is Ottawa Waterway, Gateway to a Continent, by Robert Leggett, page 155 Memories of New Edinburgh, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
keywords: lumbering , Steam Boats

April 16, 2019: Source for the following text block and picture of this house is National Capital Heritage, page 88. Keywords: Keefer, 35 Mackay Street and 71 Thomas Street, New Edinburgh
April 23, 2019: Source for the following text block and picture of this house is National Capital Heritage, page 102. Keywords: John Henderson, 34 Alexander Street, New Edinburgh
May 30, 2019: 5 Rideau Gate, New Edinburgh, An Ottawa Canada Neighbourhood. Source for the following text block and picture of this house is National Capital Heritage, page 92. Keywords: James Stevenson, Manager of the Bank of Montreal in 1842, Moss Kent Dickinson, (Mayor of Ottawa), Embassy of the Union of South Africa beginning in 1944. Picture of the house owned by Moss Kent Dickinson in Manotick is on our Manotick web page.
5 Rideau Gate, Ottawa 5 Rideau Gate, Ottawa

February 11, 2021:

The following painting by Thomas Burrowes is from the book The Rideau: A Pictorial History of the Waterway, Edited by Adrian G. Ten Cate, Besancourt Publishers, ISBN 0-920032-04-4, 1981. Thomas Burrowes Painting of Rideau Falls at New Edinburgh, page 37 Thomas Burrowes Painting of Rideau Falls


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