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  • ID: I12303
  • Name: Alexander Dewar
  • Given Name: Alexander
  • Surname: Dewar
  • Sex: M
  • _UID: B336F4808C78DF4EABA1D9F07B3BDB669A9C
  • Change Date: 4 SEP 2014
  • Note:
    Notice that Alexander was baptised twice, one week apart, in Blairmore t hen in Druimnafeurach. He was the Dewar Coigerach and inherited the Qui grich, or St Fillan's Crozier, from his father. There is a certificate f rom the church in Comrie dated 31 Mar 1819 which attests to the good ch aracter of Alexander, unmarried at the time. He was granted land in Bec kwith: DEWAR, Alexander, Scot, located on 24 Jun 1819 at Conc 9 Lot 19S W. Alexander arrived in Canada one year after the rest of his family si nce he stayed behind to bring in the last crop at their farm Blairmore n ear Comrie. He moved to Plympton from Beckwith in 1849.

    It is said that he first came to Canada in 1811 as a scout for the fami ly then returned to Perthshire. The rest of the family came over in 181 8, and Alexander came back in 1819 once the affairs back in Perthshire h ad been concluded.

    He had a farm on Hiway 7 in Plympton Twp. The farm was deeded to him by t he Crown Queen Victoria in 1839. He lived in a log cabin until the hous e was built in 1879. It was bricked with 3 layers and no doubt the bric k was hauled from Warwick in those days. His son John inherited the far m, and then his son George inherited it and lived there till his death. R obert Crawford purchased the farm and restored the home in 1962, then s old it to Montgomery Lowe in 1976.
    1 2
  • Birth: 1790
  • _SDATE: 1 JUL 1790 in Lawers, Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland 1
  • Baptism: 10 OCT 1790 Blairmore, Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland
  • Note: "Archibald Dewar in Blairmore and Margt Gow had their son Baptized Alex ander". Not sure why her surname is Gow in this record. All the bapti sm entries with Ferguson are entered sequentially on their respective p ages but neither of the Gow are. They are squeezed in at a later date a nd according to Wilson quoting Alexander, they never moved to Blairmore u ntil 1808, long after the entered dates. 3
  • Baptism: 17 OCT 1790 Kenmore Parish, Perthshire, Scotland
  • Note: "Alex.r Son to Arch.d Deor & Marg.t Ferguson in Druimnafeurach was bapt ised - 17th". 4
  • Event: provided a letter of reference from the church Misc 31 MAR 1819 Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland
  • Note: The letter of reference said: "(These Certify) That the bearer, Alexan der Dewar, unmarried, resided in this Parish and neighbourhood from his i nfancy, behaving soberly, honestly, and free of public scandal or groun d of Church censure. Know him that he is a communicant, and may be admi tted into any Christian society where Providence shall order his lot. I s attested at Comrie this 31st March, 1819, by Patrick McIsaac, Ministe r, John Drummond, Session Clerk, P. McFarlane, Elder, John Kennedy, El der". It is interesting to note that at this date he is declared unmarr ied, and that means the genealogies that some others have produced are i n error when they say that he had a wife and children before coming to C anada. 5
  • Residence: Con 9 West lot 19 AFT 1819
  • _SDATE: 1 JAN 1820 Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co, ON, Canada 6
  • Census: 1861
  • _SDATE: 1 JUL 1861 Plympton Twp, Lambton Co, ON, Canada
  • Note: 1861 census says: Alexander, Scot, FC, 69, Farmer.
  • Event: transferor of the Quigrich Misc 30 DEC 1876 Plympton Twp, Lambton Co, ON, Canada
  • Note:
    From the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, March 1 , 1877 - The Deed of Conveyance of the Quigrich:

    Deed of Conveyance of the Quigrich by the last hereditary Keeper, with c onsent of his son, to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, for the N ational Museum by Alexander and Archibald Dewar.

    To all whom these presents shall come, I, Alexander Dewar of the townsh ip of Plympton, in the county of Lambton, in the province of Ontario, a nd Dominion of Canada, farmer, send greeting :-

    Whereas I am possessed of that ancient Scottish relic known as the "Qui grich", or Crozier of St Filan, which has been in possession of my ance stors and family, as I believe, from the time of Rober the Bruce.

    And whereas the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland have applied to me, t hrough Daniel Wilson, of the city of Toronto, LL.D., professor in Unive rsity College, Toronto, for the surrender to them of said "Quigrich".

    And whereas I have consented to dispose of my right and title to said " Quigrich" to the said Society of Antiquaries for the consideration foll owing, that is to say, the price or sum of seven hundred dollars, to be p aid in manner following, videlicet: five hundred dollars, and the remai ning two hundred dollars of said sum to be credited to me by the said S ociety of Antiquaries as my contribution or donation towards the acquis ition of said relic, and on the further express considerations that the s aid Society shall permanently deposit said "Quigrich" in the National M useum of Antiquities in Edinburgh, and shall record my name in the arch ives of said Society and Museum as joint donor of said relic.

    Now know ye and these presents witness, that in consideration of said s um of five hundred dollars, now paid to me by the said Society by the h ands of the said Dr Daniel Wilson, the receipt whereof I do hereby ackn owledge, and of the said agreements on the part of the said Society of A ntiquaries above set forth, I, the said Alexander Dewar, have granted, s old, assigned, and transferred, and do grant, bargain, sell, transfer, s et over, and surrender unto the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland the s aid "Quigrich", to hold the same unto the said Society of Antiquaries a nd their successors on trust to deposit the same in the National Museum o f Antiquities at Edinburgh, there to remain in all time to come, for th e use, benefit, and enjoyment of the Scottish nation.

    And these presents further witness, that I, Archibald Dewar, son and he ir of the said Alexander Dewar, for the considerations aforesaid, do ex pressly assent to the foregoing destination of the said "Quigrich", and d o hereby resign and release to the said Society of Antiquaries of Scotl and all my right and title to the said "Quigrich", and the possession a nd custody thereof on the trusts above set forth.

    Witness our hands and seals this thirtieth day of December, AD 1876.
    Alex. Dewar Archd. Dewar

    Signed, sealed, and delivered in the presence of
    Malcolm Dewar Alex. Dewar
  • Census: 1881
  • _SDATE: 1 JUL 1881 Plympton Twp, Lambton Co, ON, Canada
  • Note: 1881 Census: Farmer, age 90, married, Scottish, C Presbyterian. There i s also an Alexander Dewar in this family group, age 21, who may be Arch ibald Alexander, his great nephew, grandson of his brother Peter. 7
  • Death: 18 APR 1885 in Wyoming, Plympton Twp, Lambton Co, ON, Canada 8 9



    Father: Archibald C Dewar b: 1756 in Killin, Perthshire, Scotland
    Mother: Margaret Ferguson b: ABT 1770 in Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland

    Marriage 1 Janet Kennedy b: 12 FEB 1808 in Drumnacail, Dull, Perthshire, Scotland
    • Married: 1 JUL 1825 in Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co, ON, Canada
    • Note: They were married by Rev Geo Buchanan. 10
    Children
    1. Has Children Archibald Dewar b: 18 JUN 1826 in Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co, ON, Canada
    2. Has Children Margaret Dewar b: 27 OCT 1827 in Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co, ON, Canada
    3. Has Children Catherine Dewar b: 18 JUL 1829 in Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co, ON, Canada
    4. Has No Children Donald Dewar b: 30 DEC 1830 in Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co, ON, Canada
    5. Has No Children Malcolm Dewar b: 10 SEP 1832 in Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co, ON, Canada
    6. Has Children Alexander Dewar b: 8 SEP 1834 in Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co, ON, Canada
    7. Has Children Jennet Dewar b: 25 JUN 1836 in Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co, ON, Canada
    8. Has Children Malcolm Kennedy Dewar b: 8 APR 1838 in Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co, ON, Canada
    9. Has Children Peter Dewar b: 5 MAR 1840 in Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co, ON, Canada
    10. Has Children John Dewar b: 2 APR 1842 in Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co, ON, Canada
    11. Has Children Ann Dewar b: 14 JUN 1844 in Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co, ON, Canada
    12. Has Children Robert Dewar b: 5 JUN 1846 in Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co, ON, Canada

    Sources:
    1. Abbrev: Information - Dewar, Malcolm
      Title: Information received from Malcolm Dewar of Winnipeg (Malcolm Dewar [mjd ewar@mts.net]) ewar@mts.net].
    2. Abbrev: The Country Town
      Title: The Country Town - a History of Wyoming, Ontario at http://www.ourroots .ca .ca .ca
      Page: Page 227
    3. Abbrev: OPR
      Title: Scottish Old Parochial Records (OPR) viewed in Scottish Record offices o r at the Mormon Church. r at the Mormon Church. r at the Mormon Church.
      Page: LDS Film 1040075, OPR 341/2 Page 208, Comrie.
    4. Abbrev: Baptismal Register - Kenmore Parish, Perthshire
      Title: Old Parochial Registers - Baptisms - from Kenmore Parish, County of Per th (1762-1819) th (1762-1819) th (1762-1819).
      Page: 360/3
    5. Abbrev: Information - Cofield, Jack E
      Title: Information received from Jack E Cofield
      Page: email Sat 10/18/2003 1:57 PM
    6. Abbrev: Genealogy - Dewar, Frank
      Title: Records of the Dewar Families and Connected Families, started 1950 by F rank Dewar of Riverside, Ontario. Manuscript received from Harold Thom as Dewar in October 2003, and transcribed by Glen Charles Bodie, a Dewa r descendant, in October 2003. (Harold Thomas Dewar [adewar@sympatico.c a] ) rank Dewar of Riverside, Ontario. Manuscript received from Harold Thom as Dewar in October 2003, and transcribed by Glen Charles Bodie, a Dewa r descendant, in October 2003. rank Dewar of Riverside, Ontario. Manuscript received from Harold Thom as Dewar in October 2003, and transcribed by Glen Charles Bodie, a Dewa r descendant, in October 2003. Harold Thomas Dewar [adewar@sympatico.ca ] .
      Page: Page 5: names of the original Beckwith settlers, extracts from Minutes of Executive Council of Upper Canada in Public Archives of Canada.
    7. Abbrev: Census of Ontario - 1881
      Title: Census for Ontario for 1881, as transcribed by the Mormon Church to CD
      Page: FHL Film 1375914 NAC C-13278 Dist 179 SubDist K Div 2 Page 59 Family 260
    8. Abbrev: Will - Dewar, Alexander (1886)
      Title: Last Will and Testament of Alexander (the elder) Dewar of Plympton Town ship, ON as listed in the Surrogate Court Index, List of Wills from the O ntario Archives: Warwick #1019, 1886 ship, ON as listed in the Surrogate Court Index, List of Wills from the O ntario Archives: Warwick #1019, 1886 ship, ON as listed in the Surrogate Court Index, List of Wills from the O ntario Archives: Warwick #1019, 1886.
    9. Abbrev: Information - Fox, Donna
      Title: Information received from Donna Fox through a number of eMails starting i n May 2000. (Donna Fox [donna-art.fox@sympatico.ca]) n May 2000. n May 2000. Donna Fox [donna-art.fox@sympatico.ca].
      Page: Death certificate at Ontario Archives and family tradition); he was in his 95th year but was still 94.
    10. Abbrev: IGI
      Title: Mormon Church (LDS), International Genealogical Index (IGI) CD-ROM (Co pyright (c) 1980, 1994 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Sain ts.) pyright (c) 1980, 1994 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Sain ts.
      Page: Film Number: 457265 and also Batch number: A457263, Source Call No. 457263-457267, Type Film
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