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Reverend George Buchanan 1761-1835

Reverend George Buchanan 1761-1835

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Reverend George Buchanan 1761-1835

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Lanark
The Township of Beckwith
In Franktown, in front of a church
on the west side of Highway 15
between Barrach and Church streets

Coordinates: N 45 02.430 W 76 03.669


Plaque Text

Born at Coupar-Angus, Scotland, Buchanan graduated in medicine from Edinburgh University. He later became a Presbyterian minister and was called to Upper Canada. He arrived in Beckwith Township in August 1822 to become its first resident clergyman. For eleven years Buchanan served as minister, teacher and physician but when, in 1833, a stone church was completed, influential members of the congregation demanded that it be conducted under the auspices of the Church of Scotland. Buchanan, a Secessionist, refused and was barred from preaching in the new church. From then until his death he held services in his home for those of the congregation who supported his views.


Beckwith Plaques

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