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Major Charles Stuart 1783-1865

Major Charles Stuart 1783-1865

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

Major Charles Stuart 1783-1865

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Grey
The Town of The Blue Mountains
In Thornbury, at a park on the lake on Bay Street East
just west of Elgin Street North


Coordinates: N 44 33.652 W 80 26.651

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Plaque Text

Son of a British army officer, Stuart was born in Jamaica. After fourteen years service as a commissioned officer in the service of the East India Company, he came to Upper Canada in 1817. Devoutly religious, Stuart found an outlet for his humanitarian zeal in vigorous anti-slavery activity. Although most of his written works are polemical tracts denouncing slavery, his "The Emigrants Guide to Upper Canada" is a useful summary of the progress of areas most suited to settlement. In 1851 he moved to this area where he encouraged the establishment of a small settlement at Lora Bay. On his death in 1865 he was buried at Lora Bay but was later removed to the nearby Thornbury-Clarksburg cemetery.

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