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Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Moodie 1778-1837

Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Moodie 1778-1837

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2004

Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Moodie 1778-1837

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

Plaque Location

The Region of York
The Town of Richmond Hill
On the east side of Yonge Street
less than 1 km south of Elgin Mills Road
[Note: As of September 2015, the plaque is no longer at this location. The City of Richmond Hill has the plaque in storage.]

Coordinates: N 43 52.977 W 79 26.381


Plaque Text

On December 4, 1837, Robert Moodie and two companions set out from his house, which stood near here, to warn the Lieutenant-Governor, Francis Bond Head, at Toronto, that armed rebels were advancing towards the city. In an attempt to pass William Lyon Mackenzie's men who were blocking Yonge Street at Montgomery's Tavern (near the present Eglinton Avenue), Moodie was shot and fatally wounded. A native of Scotland, he had served as an officer of the British army during the Napoleonic wars and in Canada during the War of 1812, participating in the battles at Lundy's Lane, Fort Erie and Sackett's Harbour. He settled at Richmond Hill in 1835, and is buried at Holy Trinity Church, Thornhill.

Related Ontario plaques
Battle of Lundy's Lane
Fort Erie

Related Toronto plaques
William Lyon Mackenzie 1795-1861
Montgomery's Tavern


Rebellion of 1837

Richmond Hill Plaques

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> Posted March 10, 2018
I have a 22 K gold plate of the Moodie house (Robert Moodie) trying to warn Toronto of the 1837 uprising. Is this plate of any importance to anyone? Maybe.
Sharon Spatola malibucamino3972@gmail.com

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