CA13 - Scarborough Logging Bee
Lawrie Whiteley, Ashley Barr Cullen, Margaret Lawrie Bell, Christine Lawrie
Trought, Nancy Weir McCowan, Ann McCowan Wakelin, Diane Kennedy McCarter, Joan
McCowan Conway, Betty McCowan, David McCowan, Jennifer Clarke Tse, Joelle
Clarke Tse, Valerie Pike Stormer, Megan Weir Burbridge, Kirsten Burbridge Gartshore,
Dale Kennedy Clarke (Scarborough)
I hope you will excuse bad write and also bad dite for I am so confused and wuried that I hardly know what I do, not having got much rest for three days and two nights. I am Dear Sir your Sincair old friend with I hope a new face. James McCowan (Springbank, Scarborough, Aug. 20 1834)
Referring to his new life in a new land -- as if to say he
was “turning over a new leaf” in the Scarborough forest -- both James and his
third son, David, died of cholera 8 days later.
Community logging bees made an initial impression on the
Scarborough forest and permitted the newly-arrived squatter, tenant or proud
freeholder to plant a first crop. Logging was dangerous.
As my uncle, Robert Hamilton,
was at this time (1832) engaged in chopping a fallow, my father went out to
assist him one afternoon. But as he had no experience in felling timber, the
first large tree that he undertook to cut down fell in the opposite direction
he had intended and, in attempting to get out of the way of the falling tree,
he ran in the wrong direction and was struck by the body of the tree and
instantly killed, just four weeks after we landed in Toronto, leaving a widow
and four small children. (Autobiography of Robert Rae)
Katherine Bowes, from Lanarkshire was widowed by a stump
remover in the 1850s, possibly at a bee. Robert Stobo became a prominent timber
merchant and purchased over 400 acres in the front of the Township. Dumfriesshire-born
Sandy Glendinning authored the Scarborough Settlers Lament -- “and Scarboro's
fields o' pine”.
of these early families attended the Scots kirk now known as St. Andrew’s
Presbyterian Church, Scarborough. The 200th anniversary of St. Andrews, the
first Presbyterian congregation in Toronto, will be in 2018.
CA13 Beach Logaidh
Thug beachan logaidh coimhearsnachd buaidh tràth air coille Scarborough agus cheadaich sin don luchd-tuineachaidh a bha air ùr ruighinn, a’ chiad bhàrr a chur. Bha logadh cunnartach: chaidh Raibeart Rae a mharbhadh le craobh a’ tuiteam air ann an 1832; bha Katherine Bowes air a fàgail na bantraich air sàilleabh inneal gluasad bun-craoibhe. Bha Seumas Weir agus Seumas MacNèill a’ glanadh a-mach fearann agus a’ logadh chunnradairean anns na 1830an, agus thàinig Raibeart Stobo gu bhith na mharsanta fiodha cudromach.