Richmond Military Settlement 1818, The

In August 1818, some thirty disbanded veterans of the 99th Regiment, led by Captain G.T. Burke, arrived in newly surveyed Goulbourn Township. These formed the advance party of a military settlement planned and supported by the quartermaster-general's department. Here, they laid out a town site named after the governor-general, the Duke of Richmond. Storehouses were built, settlers' cabins erected and the colonists provided with farm implements and rations. Under the general supervision of Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Cockburn, about 400 heads of families, including some civilians, were established in the settlement by the end of 1818, thus forming the first large community within the present Carleton County.


At the agricultural fair grounds, Perth Street and Regional Road 10 in the vicinity of the former military settlement, Richmond

Region: Ottawa

County/District: City of Ottawa (District)

Municipality: City of Ottawa