By Richard Feltoe
A Gentleman of Substance covers the outstanding lifetime of John Redpath. Born to humble situations in Scotland in 1796, he emigrated to Canada in 1816 to develop into a stonemason in Montreal. through 1818 he had his personal construction and contracting enterprise and used to be engaged on the Lachine Canal in addition to a lot building and recovery paintings on structures in Montreal. His paintings at the Rideau Canal, as shrunk through Colonel John through, demonstrated his company acceptance, whereas his management in the Presbyterian Church stabilized his place in the neighborhood. His involvement within the political and army lifetime of Montreal is traced from ahead of the 1837 uprising interval via to his involvement with the Annexation move, making him an visible candidate for the Montreal urban Council. the writer lines John Redpath's upwardly cellular social prestige, his friendship with Peter McGill, and his recognition into the elite society of Montreal, incomes him a spot in the coveted “Square Mile.” regardless of a rigorous enterprise time table and broad relatives duties (he fathered 17 children), he used to be a common benevolent contributor to group wishes, in addition to partaking on a number of forums and Committees and contributing to the shaping of the city layout of Montreal. cognizance is given to his expansive domestic, Terrace financial institution, the following subdivision of his property and the early residential growth of Montreal, and to his founding of the Canada Sugar Refinery and its development.
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In the early summer of 1832, however, Act and call in a small detachment of British troops to the problem became epidemic when a new wave of Working in the Wilderness immigrants brought with them what was referred to as "Asiatic Cholera"—a disease which then swept through every part of the colonies of Lower and Upper Canada. Normal life in Montreal effectively came to a standstill/ businesses closed down and society events were cancelled. The city became a place of fear, as graphically described by one new immigrant, Catherine Parr Traill, during her passage to Upper Canada, and later documented in her book The Backwoods of Canada, published in 1836: Nelson Hotel, Montreal, August 2 4 .
Lily was born at "Ivy Cottage," actually the original Des Rivieres house that John maintained on the Terrace Bank estate for the use of Elizabeth and John Dougall—his eldest daughter, her husband and their family. As a result, Lily spent much of her childhood in and around Terrace Bank. Later in life she became a prolific and influential writer and, as part of her 54 A Gentleman of Substance The front gates of the "Terrace Bank" estate, located at the present-day intersection of Sherbrooke Street and Mountain Street, shown below.
It is included in Appendix C as an unashamed testament to the obviously happy home that John Redpath created for his family and successive generations. Regrettably, the brief interlude of happier circumstances in moving house would be completely overshadowed only a few months later by the developing political situation and the outbreak of open hostilities. Inside the ground floor hallway of Terrace Bank. 53 A Gentleman of Substance SECOND FLOOR ATTIC Conjectural layout of the floor plans for Terrace Bank, compiled from an analysis of original architectural sketches and contemporary photographs.
A Gentleman of Substance: The Life and Legacy of John Redpath (1796-1869) by Richard Feltoe