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Bishop Alexander Macdonell 1762-1840

Bishop Alexander Macdonell

Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2009

Bishop Alexander Macdonell Bishop Alexander Macdonell 1762-1840

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Plaque Location

The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
The Township of South Glengarry
In St. Raphaels, on a stone cairn
in front of St. Raphael's Church Ruins

Coordinates: N 45 12.721 W 74 35.844


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Plaque Text

Born in Scotland and educated for the priesthood, MacDonell obtained land in Glengarry County and, in 1804, brought many soldiers from his disbanded Highland Regiment to join the Loyalists already in Upper Canada. Having helped raise a second regiment which he accompanied into action during the War of 1812, he launched an unsuccessful campaign for provincially supported Catholic Schools. Consecrated in 1826, he became the first Roman Catholic Bishop in Upper Canada. After serving as a Legislative Councillor (1831-9), he returned to Scotland to promote emigration to Canada. He died at Dumfries.

Another plaque at this location
St. Raphael's Ruins

Other plaques in St. Raphaels
The College of Iona
Glengarry Emigration of 1786
John Sandfield Macdonald 1812-1872
Parish of St. Raphael

Related Ontario plaques
Bishop Alexander Macdonell 1762-1840
United Empire Loyalists
The Glengarry Fencibles



South Glengarry Plaques

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> Posted December 3, 2014
In search of my roots, I found baptism and marriage acts in the register of St-Raphael. Reading those acts, I see Alex Macdonell Bishop of Rhesina. My question is: Where was Rhesina located in 1820-1830, so I can extend my search in the vicinity of this area?
Thanks, J M Paquette, jean7212@bell.net

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