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Rev. Peter MCNAUGHTON

Rev. Peter MCNAUGHTON[1]

Male Abt 1797 - 1878  (~ 80 years)

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  • Name Peter MCNAUGHTON  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born Abt Aug 1797  Comrie, , Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10, 11
    Christened 13 Aug 1797  Comrie, , Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • IGI gives same date for Christening as Davie's records gave for birth
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    Gender Male 
    Physical Description Over six feet in height and powerfully built  [14
    Education 1812  Glasgow, , Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Matriculation University of Glasgow 
    • Peter first matriculated at the University in 1813 and took classes in Greek, Logic, Ethics, and Physics.
    Education 1821  Glasgow, , Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 14
    University of Glasgow M.A. 
    Occupation 1823  Dores, , Inverness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Ordained and inducted into the parish of Dores 
    Emigration 1829  Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    from Scotland 
    Occupation 1832  Auchterarder, , Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Assistant Pastor of the Parish of Auchterarder 
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    Occupation Nov 1832  Comrie, , Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Discharge of duties 
    • From the parishioners of Auchterarder
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    Occupation 1833  Auchterarder, , Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Ordained by the Presbytery of Auchterarder 
    • Selected Correspondence of the Glasgow Colonial Society 1825-1840 - Page 63-64 (Gregg, p. 477)
    Residence 1833  Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Emigration Mar 1833 
    Aberdeen Scotland To Canada 
    Residence 21 Aug 1833  Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1837  Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Con 6 Lot 15 
    • "Home District Directory 1837"
    Emigration Jul 1844 
    Vaughan, Ontario, Canada To Dores, Scotland 
    Land 16 Jun 1846  Caledon Twp, Peel Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Purchased the West 1/2 of Lot 2, Con. 4 
    • Paid 65 pounds
    Emigration Jul 1846 
    Dores Scotland, To Vaughan, Ontario, Canada 
    Occupation 1848  Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Presbyterian Minister 
    Residence Dec 1848  Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1849  Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Settled in Pickering 
    Occupation 1851  Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Presbyterian Minister 
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    Religion 1851  Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Scotish Church 
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    1851 Census Rev Peter McNaughton and family.jpg
    Residence 1851  Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 16
    • The Canada Directory 1851. Page 562 of 692 Pages
    Residence 1851  Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
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    1851 Census Rev Peter McNaughton and family.jpg
    Land 10 Aug 1853  Caledon Twp, Peel Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Sold SW 1/2 of Lot 2, Con. 4 to his brother Duncan 
    Occupation 1848-1854  Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Minister St. Andrew's 
    Retired Abt 1854  Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    • Mr. McNaughton's pastorate in Pickering was not a
      long one. With the secularization of the Clergy Ee-
      serves in 1854 the Government offered the Church of
      Scotland ministers annuities of $450 on condition of
      signing a certain document. The declaration contained
      in this document he could not conscientiously subscribe,
      and though all the other ministers ultimately consented
      he remained firm. It meant the sacrifice of the annuity,
      and Mr. McNaughton felt constrained to withdraw
      from the Church he had. served all his life. In 1857
      he took up residence on his farm near Brougham, and
      in 1857 returned to Vaughan, where he built a hand-
      some residence on his property near Maple. He
      preached frequently and continued to take an active
      interest in church work.
    Occupation 1855  Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Resigned from the Presbyterian Church 
    • Selected Correspondence of the Glasgow Colonial Society 1825-1840 - Page 63-64 (Gregg, p. 477)
    Residence Abt 1856  Brougham, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Residence Nov 1856  Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1849-1857  Brougham, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    St. John's Presbyterian Church 
    Residence 1857  Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Occupation 1861  Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Clergyman 
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    1861 Census Rev Peter McNaughton and family.jpg
    Religion 1861  Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    W. Methodist 
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    1861 Census Rev Peter McNaughton and family.jpg
    Residence 1861  Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
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    Occupation 1871  Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gentleman 
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    1871 Census Rev Peter McNaughton and family.jpg
    Religion 1871  Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Church of Scotland 
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    1871 Census Rev Peter McNaughton and family.jpg
    Residence 1871  Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Division 4 
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    1871 Census Rev Peter McNaughton and family.jpg
    Occupation 1878  Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Minister 
    • Illustrated Historical Atlas - County of York and the Township of West Gwillimbury in the County of Simcoe Ontario, page 62
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    Residence 1878  Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Concession 4, Lot 22 
    • Illustrated Historical Atlas – County of York and the Township of West Gwillimbury in the County of Simcoe Ontario, page 62
    Died 10 May 1878  Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 9, 11
    • Age 80, Disease of the Heart (About a month)
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    Obituary 23 May 1878  Richmond Hill, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Herald and Your County Intelligencer 
    • Died - At his residence, near Maple, on the 10th May, the Rev. Peter McNaughton, A. M., in the 81st year of his age; a native of the Parish of Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland. Deeply regretted.
    Name Peter MACNAUGHTAN 
    Name Peter MACNAUGHTON 
    _UID 545F1DB6ECA14B9DBD02D95007EF0607E6AB 
    Buried McNaughton Family Cemetery, Maple, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • McNaughton / MacNaughton Family Cemetery in Maple Ontario just off Topaz Court.
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    Person ID I6957  Ryeland Family Tree
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2017 

    Father John MACNAUGHTAN,   c. 31 Aug 1762, Finglen, , Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Ann MCINNES,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 23 May 1791  Comrie, , Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 19
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    John McNaughton Ann McInnes Marriage Certificate.jpg
    Family ID F1318  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Agnes Elizabeth MONTEATH,   b. 4 Sep 1808, Dunblane, , Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1889, Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 30 Jun 1835  Toronto, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 20
    • or 1st July
      Marriages by Rev'd William T. Leach (p256)

      Peter McNaughton, of Vaughan to Anges Monteith, of Perth. Scotland. 30 June 1835, Toronto, by Licence. Rev. Leach. Wit. John MacDonald and Samuel McLelland.
    Children 
     1. Maria Anne Innes MCNAUGHTON,   b. 18 Jul 1837, Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1912, Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     2. Sarah Frances MCNAUGHTON,   b. 12 Nov 1838, Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1864, Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
     3. Grace Elizabeth MCNAUGHTON,   b. 6 Jun 1841, Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1911, Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     4. John MCNAUGHTON,   b. 22 Aug 1843, Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1844  (Age 0 years)
     5. Peter MCNAUGHTON,   b. 17 Nov 1845, Dores, , Inverness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1929, Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +6. Alexander Monteith MCNAUGHTON,   b. 5 Apr 1848, Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1939, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    +7. Janet Helen (Jean) MCNAUGHTON,   b. 4 Oct 1850, Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1929, Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     8. Agnes Christina MCNAUGHTON,   b. 1854, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1880, Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2014 
    Family ID F2237  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt Aug 1797 - Comrie, , Perth, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 13 Aug 1797 - Comrie, , Perth, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - Matriculation University of Glasgow - 1812 - Glasgow, , Lanark, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - University of Glasgow M.A. - 1821 - Glasgow, , Lanark, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Ordained and inducted into the parish of Dores - 1823 - Dores, , Inverness, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - from Scotland - 1829 - Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Assistant Pastor of the Parish of Auchterarder - 1832 - Auchterarder, , Perth, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Discharge of duties - Nov 1832 - Comrie, , Perth, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Ordained by the Presbytery of Auchterarder - 1833 - Auchterarder, , Perth, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1833 - Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 21 Aug 1833 - Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Jun 1835 - Toronto, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Con 6 Lot 15 - 1837 - Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - Purchased the West 1/2 of Lot 2, Con. 4 - 16 Jun 1846 - Caledon Twp, Peel Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Presbyterian Minister - 1848 - Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Dec 1848 - Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Settled in Pickering - 1849 - Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Presbyterian Minister - 1851 - Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Scotish Church - 1851 - Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1851 - Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1851 - Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - Sold SW 1/2 of Lot 2, Con. 4 to his brother Duncan - 10 Aug 1853 - Caledon Twp, Peel Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Minister St. Andrew's - 1848-1854 - Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRetired - Abt 1854 - Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Resigned from the Presbyterian Church - 1855 - Pickering, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Abt 1856 - Brougham, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Nov 1856 - Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - St. John's Presbyterian Church - 1849-1857 - Brougham, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1857 - Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Clergyman - 1861 - Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - W. Methodist - 1861 - Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1861 - Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Gentleman - 1871 - Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Church of Scotland - 1871 - Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Division 4 - 1871 - Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Minister - 1878 - Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Concession 4, Lot 22 - 1878 - Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 May 1878 - Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - The Herald and Your County Intelligencer - 23 May 1878 - Richmond Hill, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - McNaughton Family Cemetery, Maple, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • In the summer of 1833, Rev. Peter MacNaughton arrived in Upper Canada from Aberdeen, under the direction of the Glasgow Colonial Society, Inducted to the charge of Vaughan on 21 August 1833, Rev. MacNaughton was originally appointed to serve the Presbyterian congregations in the Townships of Thorah and Eldon near Lake Simcoe; however, he found these congregations unwilling to grant him a secure ministry. He left Thorah and Eldon "with a heavy heart" and went on to Vaughan where, in a letter sent back to the Society dated 21 August 1833, he indicated that he found "the Gaelic people overjoyed on finding one to address them in their own language." He goes on to say that, "I have settled at Vaughan and I do not of conscience expect any more aid from the Society at Glasgow." Church records indicate that Rev. MacNaughton was granted a stipend of 30 pounds annually by the congregation at Maple.

      Because the church had no manse in its early years Rev. MacNaughton initially lived with families of the congregation for a month at a time. He then built a log house on the south east corner of Lot 21, Concession 7 where he lived with his own family until 1848 when he left the charge.

      Rev. MacNaughton was on of ten ministers and missionaries sent by the Glasgow Colonial Society to preach in Upper Canada in 1833. Being sent under the directions of the Established Church of Scotland, Rev. MacNaughton soon joined the York Presbytery of the of the Synod of the Presbyterian Church of Canada (Kirk Synod). This first Synod of Ministers connected with the Established Church of Scotland was formed in Kingston in 1831 and divided into four Presbyteries: Quebec, Glengarry, Bathurst and York.

      Being one of only ten congregations in the York Presbytery in 1837 required Rev. MacNaughton to hold mission services in other communities outside of Maple. A new Church was built by August 1844, later named St. Paul's, in the west of Vaughan which meant that Rev. MacNaughton had two churches in his charge.

      In July 1844, Rev. Peter MacNaughton resigned his pastoral charge in Maple and returned to Scotland where he became minister of the parish of Dores. Following Rev. MacNaughton's resignation, the York Presbytery took charge over the Vaughan congregation, sending other ministers and theology students to preach at their Sunday services. The congregation had developed an extremely close bond with their first minister, however, and in 1845 they asked the York Presbytery to send Rev. MacNaughton a letter asking him to return to the charge at Vaughan. In July 1846, Rev, MacNaughton accepted the call and returned to Maple. His stay this time was very brief, however, for in December 1848 he accepted a call to Pickering. Rev. MacNaughton served in Pickering from December 1848 to November 1856 when, for some unknown reason, he severed all connections with the Presbyterian Church. He returned to live out his life in Vaughan and was called to his final reward on 10 May 1878. (Source St. Andrew's Maple Church History)

      1848 West half of Concession 5 Lot 21 sold by Michael Cranney to Rev. Peter MacNaughton

      PETER McNAUGHTAN or McNAUGHTON born Comrie 1799, second son of John M., farmer; educated at Univ of Glasgow M.A. (1821); ord. (by Presb. Of Auchterarder) March 1823, and went to Canada under the auspices of the Glasgow Colonial Society with the view of settling at Eldon and Thorah; shortly after his arrival he selected another sphere of labour and was adm. to Vaughan, Ontario, 21st Aug. 1833; dem. July 1844 on a presentation to this parish by John Frederick, Earl of Cawdor and adm. 27th Sep. following; dem. 9th June 1846, and returned to Canada; became min. of his former charge at Ontario, in 1848; res. That charge and all connection with the Church 21st Nov. 1855; died 10th May 1878. He marr. 1st July 1835, Agnes Elizabeth Monteith, who died 17th March 1889, and had issue - Maria Ann Innes, born 18th July 1826; Sarah Frances, born 12th Nov. 1828; Grace Elizabeth, born 6th June 1841; John born 22nd Aug. 1843, died 25th July 1844; Peter, born 17th Nov. 1845.

      McNAUGHTON, PETER, M.A. adm. min. at Vaughan 21st Aug. 1833; returned to Scotland and adm. to Dores 27th Sept. 1844, returned to Canada and was again min. at Vaughan, 1847-8; min at Pickering, 1848-55; res. All connection with the Church 21st Nov. 1855; died 10th May 1878.

      Past years in Pickering : sketches of the history of the community
      Wood, William R. (William Robertson)

      In the following year the congregation called as his successor Rev. Peter McNaughton, of Vaughan. Mr. McNaughton was the son of a Perthshire farmer, born in 1797. He was educated at Glasgow University, where he took the degree of M.A. In 1823 he was ordained and inducted into the parish of Doors. Felling it his duty to help supply the need in Canada, he gave up this comfortable living and crossed the Atlantic in 1829. Soon after he was settled in Vaughan, where he preached on the Fourth and Seventh Concessions, both in Gaelic and English. He also preached on the Ninth Concession and at Woodbridge, besides giving occasional service in King and other more distant townships. He was well-known and welcome visitor in many a backwoods cabin.

      Physically, Mr. McNaughton was well-fitted for such a toilsome life, being over six feet in height and powerfully built. But constant overwork tells even on the strongest, and when, in 1848, a call was extended to him by the Pickering congregation, he accepted it as offering some relaxation from the heavy strain. He was settled in Pickering in 1849. Few to-day would regard the Pickering charge of that time as a sinecure, with its two charges over seven miles apart; bit its duties were somewhat lighter than those of Vaughan.

      Mr. McNaughton's pastorate in Pickering was not a long one. With the secularization of the Clergy Reserves in 1854 the Government offered the Church of Scotland ministers annuities of $450 on condition of signing a certain document. The declaration contained in this document he could not conscientiously subscribe, and though all the other ministers ultimately consented he remained firm. It meant the sacrifice of the annuity, and Mr. McNaughton felt constrained to withdraw from the Church he had served all of his life. In 1857 he took up residence on his farm near Brougham, and in 1857 returned to Vaughan, where he built a handsome residence on his property near Maple. He preached frequently and continued to take an active interest in church work. He died in 1878, leaving a widow and two sons and four daughters. Three daughters and both sons are still living, and are well-known residents of Vaughan.

      Peter graduated with an M.A. in 1821.
      His matriculation record in 1813 says:
      Second son of John, Comrie, Farmer. From«i» Oliver & Boyd Almanacs«/i», person of the same name was at one time Church of Scotland Minister at (1) Vaughan, Presbytery of Toronto, Canada, and (2) Pickering there.
      (Source: WI Addison,«i» The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow From 1728 to 1858«/i»)
      He attended the following classes:
      1813-14: Greek
      1814-15: Logic
      1816-17: Ethics
      1817-18: Physics
      (Source: R7)
      In order to graduate with an M.A. Peter would also have been required to complete a course of study in Latin. This was usually the first subject studied at university, however, we have no record of Peter attending this class. - The Duty Archivist
      Glasgow University Archive Services

      Selected Correspondence of the Glasgow Colonial Society 1825-1840 - Page 63-64

      IV. 189 The Rev. Peter Macnaughton, Vaughan Township, U.C., to the Rev. Robert Burns, 27 August 1833

      I reached Thorah the 23rd May and preached both at Thorah and Eldon. There was a public meeting of the inhabitants of these townships on Monday the 2nd June in order to ascertain the sentiments of those who professed adherence to the church of Scotland regarding my being settled among them. A few were disposed to receive me, and exerted themselves to persuade others to receive me; but the many contended for taking me upon trails for a limited number of years, and sneeringly said, that they would receive no minister during his life, and that if they paid him, they would retain the power of removing him when he ceased to please them.

      I did not attend the public meeting, and did not witness their discussions which were lengthened & violent. The man in whose house I lodged & another came to me and expressed their regret that those attending the meeting would agree to receive me only for a limited number of years. I urged the propriety of their receiving me on the same terms on which ministers are received in Scotland, if they wished me to remain among them. They said it was quite vain to propose any such thing to the meeting. I then proposed that the power of re-electing or removing me should be vested in those in full communion with the church. This was proposed to the meeting & rejected...

      … At Thorah & Eldon I found some godly people, people who are anxious to have a minister - people who pity those around them but the generality of the people of Thorah & Eldon seemed to me to be rugged as the rocks they had left in Scotland and wild as the forests they possess in Canada. They seemed much given to drink, and if I judge from what I witnessed, a few of them are given to fight. Free from the restraints of religion & education they are growing up like wild beasts.

      On Sabbaths the 9th and 16th of June I preached in the Presbyterian church of Vaughan. The Gaelic people of Vaughan seemed over-joyed on finding one to address them in their own language, seemed determined that now having seen a Gaelic minister, what they never expected to see, they would not part with him. One of the elders came to me and asked how many years I wished them to bind themselves. I told him that if they would not receive me for life they need have no consultations about me. Another elder came to me and mentioned that they had agreed to bind themselves for six years, and that they had never heard of any people in Canada who bound themselves so long, and expected that I would wait among them. They had a public meeting on Tuesday the 18th June and unanimously agreed to receive me during my life. A subscription paper was written, and on Thursday their subscriptions amounted to nearly 90 pounds...

      …[The people] of Vaughan seemed to be like the people of Thorah & Eldon. When people drink & squander their money & time they must remain poor. I cannot speak favourably either of the piety or of the intelligence of the scotch settlers in Canada. In Canada I have met persons of decided piety, and I have met persons possessed of some knowledge - but the generality of them in sound & useful knowledge are far below the peasantry of Scotland, and are on a level with the general class of labourers in Scotland. They boast of their equality, of their independence & liberty. They seem equal in poverty, in ignorance, and in indifference to religion. They seem to think that they depend neither on God nor on Man. They regard themselves as free from the fear of God & of the servants of God. Few, few, are disposed to receive a minister as an ambassador of Christ. May think that as ministers & teachers do not work so hard as a labouring man, it is not reasonable that he should be so well paid and they grudge, they sorely grudge, the trifling pittance they reluctantly give. Thought perhaps only a dollar is given, it is regarded as so much lost money, and I am told that they seldom give to their minister the half they promise.

      ... In Canada the Sabbath is fearfully profaned. By many it is spent in reaching their friends, and in amusement. By many it is spent at their usual work, many on that day go out with their guns to kill deer & other beasts. This land is covered with a deep moral darkness...

      Peter MacNaughton (1799-1878) was ordained by the Presbytery of Auchterarder in 1833. He was appointed by the Society to the townships of Thorah and Eldon but settled instead in Vaughan Township. In 1844 he accepted a call to Scotland, but two years later returned to Vaughan and then in 1848 moved to Pickering. In 1855 he resigned from the Presbyterian Church and retired to Vaughan. Gregg, p. 477. [10, 11]

  • Sources 
    1. [S639] 1851 Canadian Census.

    2. [S603] 1871 Canadian Census.

    3. [S602] 1861 Canadian Census.

    4. [S898] Peter McNaughton Death Certificate, (File Num: 017332 Location: LDS Family History Center Kitchener, ON).

    5. [S257] Janet Helen McNaughton & James McNeil Marriage Certificate, (File Num: 012607 Location: LDS Family History Center, Kitchener, Ontario).

    6. [S899] Grace Elizabeth McNaughton Death Certificate, (File Num: 035078 Location: LDS Family History Center Kitchener, Ontario).

    7. [S900] Maria Anne Innes McNaughton Death Certificate, (File Num: 035838 Location: LDS Family History Center Kitchener, Ontario).

    8. [S901] Peter McNaughton Death Certificate, (File Num: 040340 Location: LDS Family History Center, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada).

    9. [S902] Rev. Peter McNaughton Grave Site, (Location: Topaz Court, Maple, Ontario, Canada).

    10. [S903] A History of Vaughan Township, G. Elmore Reaman, (University of Toronto Press).

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