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"Auld Kirk" 1836

Auld Kirk 1836

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Auld Kirk 1836

Photo by contributor William Stewart - March, 2008

Plaque Location

The County of Lanark
The Town of Mississippi Mills
On the northwest corner of Road 16 and Concession Road 8
1.4 km west of Road 29

Coordinates: N 45 12.721 W 76 13.095


Plaque Text

This stone church, an attractive example of an early form of Gothic Revival architecture, was constructed in 1835-36 on land obtained from John Mitchell, one of Ramsay Township's earliest settlers. Built by the local congregation of the Established Church of Scotland it was also attended by Presbyterians from adjoining townships. The early settlers of Ramsay were visited by ministers from Drummond and Beckwith. In 1834 the first resident minister, the Reverend John Fairbairn, was inducted. In January 1864, during the ministry of the Reverend John McMorine (1847-1867), a new church was opened in nearby Almonte. Although little used since then, the "Auld Kirk" stands as a memorial to the pioneer Presbyterian settlers.


Mississippi Mills Plaques

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> Posted February 3, 2011
My Grandparents are now buried in the Graveyard next to the church, as my father said of the area they were always able to farm a good crop of rock here.

> Posted November 7, 2008
I'm the GGG Grandson of John Mitchell, so finding this picture was very nice!
Barry Mitchell

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