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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

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    6 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!

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