Scotch Settlement 1819, The

In 1815, some 140 Highland Scots from Lord Selkirk's Red River Settlement, disheartened by crop failures and the opposition of the North West Company, moved to Upper Canada. Transported in the Nor'Westers' canoes, they disembarked at Holland Landing in September. They found temporary employment in the Yonge Street settlements but, in 1819, many took up land in West Gwillimbury. In 1823, a Presbyterian congregation held services in a building on this site, which was replaced by a frame church in 1827. The present structure was completed in 1869.


On the grounds of the Auld Kirk, the Highlanders' original church building, Concession Road 6, Bradford

Region: Central Ontario

County/District: County of Simcoe

Municipality: Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury