Bathurst Township, Lanark County

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Date: 1816 to 1841
Location: Bathurst, Lanark, Upper Canadamap
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Bathurst Township History

The township was named for Lord Henry Bathurst, 3rd Earl Bathurst. In his capacity as His Majesty's Secretary of State for War and the Colonies he encouraged the settlement of the townships surrounding Perth Depot.[1], which opened for settlement in 1816. More information about the original Military Settlement lots and their owners can be found here

Today, Bathurst Township, along with South Sherbrooke and North Burgess townships, form Tay Valley Township, Ontario.

Early Surnames

The original group of settlers that arrived in 1816, included:[1]

Surname Surname Surname Surname
Allan Barry Bryce Cuddie
Ferguson Flood Fraser Gibson
Gurdy HayHoldsworth Johnston
Kidd LesterMcLarenMcLeod
McNeeMiller Old Andrew William Playfair (1788-1868)
Ritchie ScottSimpsonSpalding

Historic Hamlets and Villages

  • Adamsville (see also Glen Tay)
  • Armstrongs Corners was a farming center near Balderson and Harper.[1] It is not clear where the name came from.
  • Brooke
  • Dewitt's Corners
  • Elliott, named for William Elliott, a local mill owner.[1]
  • Fallbrook
  • Glen Tay, (historically called Adamsville) was originally named for Captain Joshua Adams who was an early mill owner.[1]
  • Harper, located on Lot 20 and 21, Concession 6 and 7, was first settled by the Campbell family. It was named after a later settler, named Joseph Harper.[1]
  • Playfairville, originally called Playfair's Mills, was founded by Lieutenant Andrew W Playfair, who arrived in 1816 from France. He was also a Methodist lay preacher, a Conservative MP in 1857, and a mill owner.[1]
  • Wemyss

Present Day Hamlets and Villages

  • Althorpe
  • Bathurst Station
  • Bells Corners
  • Bolingbroke
  • Bolingbroke Siding
  • Brooke
  • Christie Lake
  • DeWitt's Corners
  • Elliott
  • Fallbrook
  • Feldspar
  • Glen Tay
  • Harper
  • Maberly
  • Playfairville
  • Pratt's Corners
  • Scotch Line
  • Stanleyville
  • Wemyss



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Bennett, Carol; In Search of Lanark; (Juniper Books; Renfrew, 1982); Pg. 19 to 22



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