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New Glasgow Quebec once the smallest village in Canada

New Glasgow

While googling for the physical address of nearby retail store, I notice a name on Google’s map  that captured my attention :  New Glasgow.

Could it be that a Canadian-Scottish link is near where I live? (I’m based in St-Jérôme, near Ste-Sophie, approximately 50 km north of Montreal, in the beautiful province of Québec, Canada. )

Well googly google , the answer is … yes!

It started in 1675 

A landed estate, Terrebonne, commonly called a ‘seigneury’, was founded.

Fast forward to -> 1744

Captain of the Chapt Lacorne purchased the seigneury of Terrebonne (…) Moreover, in 1753, he is granted a new territory, north of Terrebonne, to exploit wooden land.

Moving on to -> 1814

roderick mackenzie new glasgow quebec

Roderick McKenzie, becomes the new owner of the seigneury. Born in Scotland, he arrived in the province of Quebec in 1784, presumably because of his ties with his cousin Alexander, since by 1785 he was employed as a clerk and Alexander’s assistant in Gregory, MacLeod and Company.  Source

He was in turn granted additional land and open same to colonisation in 1821.

He never became a seigneur, and had to leave the property in 1824 after a court action, initiated by pre-owner’s widow, cancelling his purchase because the executors had exceeded their authority in making the sale. He nevertheless continued to live in Terrebonne.

The majority of the immigrants originating from Scotland, felt the satisfaction of having the name of their native country identify their new dwellings.


A small part of the territory,  3,3 square km is excluded from the seigneury to form the village of New Glasgow .

The smallest village of Canada!






Hotel in New Glasgow Quebec 1914




Segal Store New Glasgow Quebec



I’m so enthusiastic to research more on how it all came about.

Rest assured, will share more in a near future.

A suivre!


Scotiana’s team member

22 comments to New Glasgow Quebec once the smallest village in Canada

  • Diane

    Hi Janice, I lived in New Glasgow between 1980 and 1990. Not exactly in the center but at the Domaine Racine which backs with the golf club. What else de you know about New Glasgow?

    • Thanks Diane for sharing about living in New Glasgow Quebec! Don’t know much more but will undoubtly discover more info as I go back visit the once smallest village in Canada! Until next, take care and all the very best! Janice

  • william hawkins

    A great-great grandfather of mine is John Murray.this is maternal.

  • Sylvain Brunet

    I know Diane ;we went to the same schools and later even live togheter in Vancouver. I live at the opposite side , L’Achican Sud about 2 miles from her .This town has a water fall that you can hear a mile away in spring . It’s a beautiful micro community of 150 in the 1970’s and now around 135.

  • Wendy Pal Markham

    So fun to find info on the place I grew up. My family from Scotland, Ireland and Hungary settled here early 1800s (Dey/Day, Fraser, Pal, etc) Fond memories.

  • sarrazin

    J’ai vécu mes étés d’adolescence au Domaine Racine en 1963.
    C’était très bien à l’époque!
    Le village était actif:magasin général,le club,le garage Den ,Villeneuve et
    le kiosque a patates frites!
    De beaux souvenirs!

  • Barb

    My Grandmother was Clara Goodman, her father was Patrick Benjamin Goodman, his was Bernard Bryan Goodman, and his father Owen Goodman settled in New Glasgow in 1825. Clara came to Alberta with her father, Patrick, in 1906.

    • Thank you for sharing such great information with our community of readers. It is greatly appreciated! Any relationship with the Goodman Department Store? Stay safe and strong. All the best, Janice

  • Brian Neilan

    My parents bought a summer cottage in New Glasgow Quebec. It was a couple of miles after the village.There use to be a French fry truck before the village across from the gas station it was called Dent’s garage same owners of the fry truck. It was in the mid 60’s.

  • Sylvain

    Such a small town but with so many amenities in the 60’s & 70’s such as ; a bakery on the outskirt of town , a milkman who delivered door to door, 3 grocery stores , a post office , a hardware store , a garage with a gaz station,a butcher shop, a hair salon, a hotel with a tavern, an ice cream shop, a patate frite- hamburger store, a blacksmith, a shoe store , a community- church building, a ice ring , a presbytarian church with a cemetery ( an orthodox cemetery 2 miles away), a taxi service, a flourmill back a century ago beside the beautiful water fall, a saw mill operated by water, a golf course a mile away ,and much more.

    • Thank you Sylvain for this great and informative descriptive of all the availabilities in New Glasgow even though it was a small village. We appreciate your collaboration!

  • oscar schneider

    There is one school. I went to that school around 1946. I believe that is the one our prime minister Laurier went to. Oscar Schneider.

    • Please accept our apologies for the delay in replying to your comment; For an unforeseen reason it got overlooked. Thank you for sharing your interesting connection with Sir Wilfrid Laurier by attending the same school! It’s always fascinating to learn about personal links to historical figures. Your input adds a valuable personal touch to our exploration of New Glasgow and its notable connections. Janice (Scotiana Team)

  • M.J. Smith

    My husband’s great grandmother was born here in 1835. I believe her father, Richard Guinn, was the minister in New Glasgow Quebec at the time.

  • David Lloyd

    My fathers family had their farm halfway between St Lin and New Glasgow.
    The family had been farming there going back to the early 1800’s ( 3 generations)
    My father also attended the same one room school as Sir Wilfred Laurier (decades apart)!
    My grandparents were Norman & Emma Lloyd, adjoining their farm was my grandfathers brother Herbert & his wife Muriel!
    My father Lewis Lloyd had to board in Lachute to attend high school but eventually became Vice Principal at McGill!

    • It’s great to see such a meaningful connection to New Glasgow and its history. Your family’s generational ties to the area and the interesting fact about your father attending the same one room school as Sir Wilfred Laurier are fascinating pieces of history. It’s clear that your family has a deep-rooted history in the region, and their accomplishments are impressive, from farming for generations to your father becoming Vice Principal at McGill.

      Thank you for sharing this personal and historical account with us. It adds a unique and valuable perspective to the discussion about New Glasgow’s past. If you have any more stories or anecdotes to share, I’m sure others, including myself, would love to hear them. Stories like these help us appreciate the rich history and heritage that communities like New Glasgow hold.

  • William Gray

    I am a descendant of Hoyes Lloyd who was one of the original families who established New Glasgow. His original home has been preserved I believe. Is there any information about who arranged the first ngroup of settlers from Glasgow to settle there?

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