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Founders of Campbellford

Founders of Campbellford

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2005

Founders of Campbellford

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

Plaque Location

The County of Northumberland
The Municipality of Trent Hills
In Campbellford, in a park
on the east side of Queen Street (Road 50)
just north of Bridge Street

Coordinates: N 44 18.571 W 77 47.995


Plaque Text

In 1831 two Scottish-born brothers, Lieut.-Col. Robert Campbell and Major David Campbell, were granted 890 ha of land in Seymour Township, which had been surveyed in 1819. Robert who had achieved an outstanding record in the Napoleonic Wars, died here in 1836, while David served as Crown Land Agent for the Township, 1832-39. Here at "Campbell's ford" there arose a settlement which, about 1853, was named Campbellford. David Campbell, by then living in Cobourg, formed a syndicate in 1856 with Nesbitt Kirchhoffer and James Cockburn to develop Campbellford, which was incorporated as a village in 1876. Campbell died at "Sidbrook", his Cobourg estate, in 1881.



Trent Hills Plaques

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