By Richard Feltoe
A Gentleman of Substance covers the awesome lifetime of John Redpath. Born to humble conditions in Scotland in 1796, he emigrated to Canada in 1816 to develop into a stonemason in Montreal. via 1818 he had his personal development and contracting enterprise and used to be engaged on the Lachine Canal in addition to a lot development and recovery paintings on structures in Montreal. His paintings at the Rideau Canal, as reduced in size through Colonel John by means of, demonstrated his company acceptance, whereas his management in the Presbyterian Church stabilized his place in the neighborhood. His involvement within the political and army lifetime of Montreal is traced from prior to the 1837 uprising interval via to his involvement with the Annexation circulate, making him an visible candidate for the Montreal urban Council. the writer lines John Redpath's upwardly cellular social prestige, his friendship with Peter McGill, and his recognition into the elite society of Montreal, incomes him a spot in the coveted “Square Mile.” regardless of a rigorous company agenda and large relatives tasks (he fathered 17 children), he used to be a common benevolent contributor to neighborhood wishes, in addition to partaking on a variety of forums and Committees and contributing to the shaping of the city layout of Montreal. consciousness is given to his expansive domestic, Terrace financial institution, the following subdivision of his property and the early residential enlargement of Montreal, and to his founding of the Canada Sugar Refinery and its development.
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Following this outburst of violence, no compromise could be found and the situation continued to simmer within the congregation until March 1831. During this time no celebration of communion was held within the church. Still unable to achieve their goals by regular means, the Independentists now took the unprecedented step of staging a sit-in and forcible occupation of St. Gabriels, thus denying Esson and his followers access to the church. For the next twelve months, until March 1832, the lockout was continued by a rotation of the dissidents and the church remained effectively closed.
As a responsible citizen, he complied with the standing law and joined the local militia force, becoming a commissioned officer (Ensign) within the Montreal "City Militia" and acted as the Quartermaster for the 4th Battalion of that regiment for several years to come. At the same time, he was becoming recognized as a gentleman of community influence and social substance. Not only was he invited to become a Director of the Bank of Montreal, but also was asked to sit on the Board of Directors for two city institutions.
John Redpath, of the town of Montreal and Jane Drummond, of the town of Kingston were, by licence married... on the eleventh day of September, one thousand eight hundred and thirty f i v e . . 3 Attending the wedding were several members from both sides of the two families, including Elspeth and Thomas Fairbairn, who had escorted John's children to Kingston for the event. By now Elizabeth was 15 years old, Peter 14, Mary 11, Helen 8, Jane Margaret 3, and John James 20 months. At the time of their marriage, John was thirty-nine years old, while Jane was nineteen (she would become twenty years old the following month).
A Gentleman of Substance: The Life and Legacy of John Redpath (1796-1869) by Richard Feltoe