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McNab Settlement

McNab Settlement

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2005

Plaque Location

The County of Renfrew
The Town of Arnprior
In a park at the foot of John Street
where the Ottawa and Madawaska Rivers meet

Coordinates: N 45 26.612 W 76 21.041


Plaque Text

Archibald McNab (c.1781-1860), seventeenth chief of Clan McNab (Macnab), came to Canada in 1822. He obtained 33,000 ha on the Ottawa River in 1823 and two years later brought over 84 fellow Scots to begin colonization. McNab treated these and subsequent settlers like vassals in a feudal domain, forcing them to pay illegal rent and demanding an annual allotment of their crops. He lived in grand style while the settlers, ignorant of their rights, endured poverty. Word spread, and in 1840 a government investigation revoked McNab's settlement rights. With the removal of their tyrannical laird, the Highland immigrants prospered on the lands of McNab township.


Arnprior Plaques

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Posted January 1, 2015
The McNab plaque mysteriously disappeared a few years ago. The post is there but no plaque. Maybe the Prior is embarrassed about its roots. Who is responsible for these plaques? Why was it removed? Who did it? I wonder every time I see the empty post.
Just discovered your website. Great idea.
Chris Johnson chrisjohnson@rogers.com

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