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Peter McArthur 1866-1924

Peter McArthur

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2009

Peter McArthur

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

Plaque Location

The County of Middlesex
The Municipality of Southwest Middlesex
On Longwoods Road (Road 2) at street #4421
3.7 km east of Dundonald Road (Road 80)

Coordinates: N 42 44.624 W 81 38.570


Plaque Text

Born near Appin, Upper Canada, McArthur attended the University of Toronto and worked briefly for the Toronto Mail before moving to New York in 1890. In 1896 he became editor of Truth and as such encouraged both Canadian and American writers. Returning to his birthplace in 1908 he combined farming with journalism, contributing many articles, essays and poems to the press. Several compilations of his work were published, the best known of which is a collection of essays entitled In Pastures Green. He died in London, Ontario.


Southwest Middlesex Plaques

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> Posted October 31, 2015
The plaque says McArthur was born in Upper Canada in 1866, but U.C. had ceased to exist 25 years earlier. The colony had merged with Lower Canada in 1841, creating the United Province of Canada. In this era, the common reference to the area was Canada West (often abbreviated "C.W."). A year after McArthur's birth, it would become the new province of Ontario.

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