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Sir Richard Bonnycastle, 1791-1847

Sir Richard Bonnycastle, 1791-1847

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Plaque Location

The County of Frontenac
The City of Kingston
On the parade square inside the gate of Fort Henry

Coordinates: N 44 13.820 W 76 27.597


Plaque Text

As an officer in the Corps of Royal Engineers, Bonnycastle was trained in engineering, mapmaking, geology and painting. He served in Europe and Nova Scotia before coming to Upper Canada in 1826. The military surveys and related scientific work that he produced while posted at Niagara, Kingston and York contributed to the economic development of the province. Bonnycastle was recalled here in 1837 to supervise completion of the new Fort Henry. His masterful defence of Kingston during the Rebellions of 1837-38 earned him a knighthood. An interested observer of human nature, Richard wrote four books detailing the social life, history and physical features of British North America.


Rebellion of 1837


Kingston Plaques

Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted January 1, 2011
my wife and I had our new year's dinner 2011 at Fort Henry, on the wall where we had dinnner there is picture of Sir Richard,and at that time we did not know who it was ,my wife inquired about the picture from our waiter who was quite knowledgeable and gave us a short history version of the picture. now the question ,where is he buried googled it but no answer
thank you, ralph mercer

> Posted March 3, 2010
My Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather was "Great"!!!

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