By Richard Feltoe
A Gentleman of Substance covers the notable lifetime of John Redpath. Born to humble situations in Scotland in 1796, he emigrated to Canada in 1816 to develop into a stonemason in Montreal. through 1818 he had his personal construction and contracting company and used to be engaged on the Lachine Canal in addition to a lot development and recovery paintings on constructions in Montreal. His paintings at the Rideau Canal, as shriveled by means of Colonel John by means of, validated his company popularity, 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 flow, making him an noticeable candidate for the Montreal urban Council. the writer strains John Redpath's upwardly cellular social prestige, his friendship with Peter McGill, and his attractiveness into the elite society of Montreal, incomes him a spot in the coveted “Square Mile.” regardless of a rigorous enterprise time table and vast kinfolk duties (he fathered 17 children), he was once a widespread 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. recognition 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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A Gentleman of Substance: The Life and Legacy of John Redpath (1796-1869) by Richard Feltoe