Pinhey's Point Foundation is hosting a lecture on Aug. 22
about the 38th Ottawa Battalion's journey from Bermuda to the Somme
during the Great War (and currently have an exhibit on this subject on view at
Pinhey's Point Historic Site).
Many Ottawans are descended from members of this
locally-raised regiment (now the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa).
Friday, September 26 and
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Stiff Bros., stereoview of Earnscliffe, c1872. LAC PA-012694.
“Twelve years ago, the
number of stone houses did not exceed 25, all except two or three of the
coarsest rubble work: now they may be counted by hundreds. Hitherto the prevailing material has been cut
sandstone dressings, for gentlemen’s houses, chiefly in the Tudor style, is
much in vogue, and the effect is very pleasing.”~Dr S.C. Sewell,
A dozen stone villas
combined a revolutionary floor plan with fashionable Tudor style.Their distinctive and unusual ‘pinwheel’ plan
originated in England
with the father of the Gothic Revival, A.W.N. Pugin.The English architects who came to Ottawa in the 1850s to
compete for the Parliamentary contract brought this form with them.The houses they designed for the leaders of local
society, including the Pinhey, Hill, and Christie families, did much to
vitalize the residential architecture of the dawning capital.
Lectures by Dr Timothy
Brittain-Catlin, University of KentSchool
David Jeanes, Vice-President, Heritage Ottawa
Ian Badgley, Archaeologist, National
A great activity to engage kids in family history is the use of trading cards. This is also a great activity for youngsters at family reunions. They can, on their level, share ancestor information with cousins while the adults share research details, databases, scandals and whatever else they choose to share at family reunions.
The advantage of the Ancestor Trading Cards is that they are short and sweet. They offer key information, include a picture and a bit of biographical information, and are easily manipulated by school aged kids. The cards can be sorted according to surname or matched up with parents, spouses or children. For your brickwalls, you can leave a clue to see if the kids can brainstorm what they think might have happened or where an answer to the question might be found.
These Ancestor Trading Cards are easy to make and take. An interactive online trading card generator can be found at:
A little known tradition in Scottish history is that when a couple married near a stone, it was believed that their vows were more binding. It became customary, then, for the couple to each place a hand on the same stone as they pledged their oath, thereby, setting their vows in stone.
Following the Battle of
Dunbar in 1650, over 4000 Scots had been captured and imprisoned. In fairly
short order, 150 of the healthiest men were gathered, taken to London
and then shipped on the Unity to New England, arriving in Massachusetts. For a
list of Scottish Prisoners of War from the Battle of Dunbar and subsequent
listing of men who were transported, this website is incredibly helpful: http://scottishprisonersofwar.com/unity-prisoners/