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The Founding of Paisley

The Founding of Paisley

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

The Founding of Paisley

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Bruce
The Municipality of Arran-Elderslie
In Paisley, on the south wall of a building
on the northeast corner of
Queen Street (Road 3) and Goldie Street (Road 11)

Coordinates: N 44 18.378 W 81 16.362


Plaque Text

In 1852, shortly after this region was opened for settlement, the government reserved land for a town here on the Elora and Saugeen Road, at the confluence of the Teeswater and Saugeen Rivers. Already settled on the site were Simon Orchard and Samuel Rowe and later that year John Valentine built a saw-mill here. The townplot, named Paisley, was surveyed in 1855 and within two years a community of about 150 had developed. By 1867 additional industries, including a foundry and a woollen mill had been established and the village's handsome buildings reflected its prosperity. The Wellington, Grey and Bruce Railway was completed through the community in 1872. Two years later, with over 1,000 inhabitants, Paisley was incorporated as a Village.



Other Plaques in Paisley
David Brown Milne 1882-1953
Isabella Valancy Crawford

Arran-Elderslie Plaques

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