By Richard Feltoe
A Gentleman of Substance covers the amazing lifetime of John Redpath. Born to humble situations in Scotland in 1796, he emigrated to Canada in 1816 to develop into a stonemason in Montreal. through 1818 he had his personal construction and contracting company and was once engaged on the Lachine Canal in addition to a lot building and recovery paintings on structures in Montreal. His paintings at the Rideau Canal, as shriveled by means of Colonel John by way of, confirmed his company recognition, whereas his management in the Presbyterian Church stabilized his place in the neighborhood. His involvement within the political and army lifetime of Montreal is traced from earlier than the 1837 uprising interval via to his involvement with the Annexation circulate, making him an seen candidate for the Montreal urban Council. the writer lines John Redpath's upwardly cellular social prestige, his friendship with Peter McGill, and his popularity into the elite society of Montreal, incomes him a spot in the coveted “Square Mile.” regardless of a rigorous enterprise time table and wide relations obligations (he fathered 17 children), he was once a widespread benevolent contributor to neighborhood wishes, in addition to partaking on quite a few forums and Committees and contributing to the shaping of the city layout of Montreal. realization is given to his expansive domestic, Terrace financial institution, the next subdivision of his property and the early residential enlargement of Montreal, and to his founding of the Canada Sugar Refinery and its progress.
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