150th Anniversary in Canada (1856 to 2006)
Upon arrival to Canada from Scotland in 1856 the original Coutts home was in the Midhurst area of Simcoe County in the province of Ontario.
Original Location in Scotland
It is on the Milltown Burn (creek) very close to the Don River and at that time was on the Military Road (North from Corgarff Castle barracks to Fort George at Inverness). The Allargue Arms (near Cock Bridge on A939 / Lecht Rd.) was to the West of Milltown. The nearby Allargue Estate (a Farquharson house) was also on the old Military Road.
"In the second phase, landlords moved to the more draconian policy of expelling people from their estates.
This was increasingly associated with 'compulsory emigration', in which landlords cancelled rent arrears and paid the passage of the 'redundant' families in their estates to North America and, eventually, Australia. The process reached a climax during the potato famine of 1846–55."
Lynch, Michael (1991). Scotland, a New History (1992 ed.). London: Pimlico. ISBN 9780712698931.
Clan Farquharson Septs
Barrie, Bowman, Brebner, Bremner, Bryant, Carracher, Clan Christie, Christison, Christy, Coates, Coats, Coutts, Cromar, Farquhar, Ferries, Findlay, Findlayson, Findlaison, Findley, Finlay, Findlay, Finlayson, Finley, Finleyson, Gracie, Grassie, Grassick, Greusach, Hardie, Hardy, Herald, Higgins, Higginson, Kellas, Kerracher, Leys, Lion(s), Lyon(s), MacArtney, MacGaig, MacCartney, MacCraig, MacCuaig, MacEaracher, MacErcher, MacErracher, MacFarquhar, MacFerchar, MacHardie, MacHardy, MacKerchar, MacKerracher, MacKindlay, MacKinlay, MacKinley, MacWade, McKinley, Paterson, Patterson, Pattison, Reaich, Reoch, Riach, Souders, Soutter, Tawse, Tay, Wade, Wood
Duncan Coutts & Margaret McHardy
In 1856 with six children they emigrated to Canada from Milltown of Allargue in the Eastern Scottish Highlands. They had been tenants on lands associated with the Farquharson family of Invercauld Estate, Braemar, Aberdeenshire.
In times past the "Coutts" and "McHardy" names were considered a "Sept" or branch of the Farquharson Clan.
The McHardy sisters originally were tenants on property owned by the Forbes family of Castle Newe and Edinglassie, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire.
It is very likely that in Scotland the Coutts were Presbyterians and the McHardy were Catholic.
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Interesting Facts from the Internet
Interesting Links on the Internet
- Allargue House (Corgarff, Scotland)
- Military Road (Corgarff, Scotland)
- Blairgowrie / Corgarff / Inverness
- Corgarff Castle
- Corriehoul Cemetery
- Clan Farquharson
- Invercauld Estate
- Clan Forbes
- McHardy of Ordachoy
- Springwater Provincial Park
- Simcoe County Museum
- Township of Springwater
- Wendake (Huronia)
- Huronia Museum / Ouendat Village
There are Coutts and McHardy gravestones in the cemetery above (located 2 km down the road from Milltown of Allargue at East Corriehoul, near St Machar's Chapel and the Allt Coire Tholl).
Clan Forbes Septs
Bannerman, Berrie, Berry, Boyce, Boyes, Faubus, Fobes, Forbess, Forbis, Forbus, Forbush, Fordice, Fordyce, Furbush, Lumsden, Macouat, Macowatt, MacQuattie, MacWatt, Mechie, Mekie, Meldrum, Michie, Middleton, Walter, Walters, Walters, Watson, Watt, Watters, Wattie, and Watts
Corgarff Castle Barracks
• Many Midhurst families were inter-related, for example three McHardy sisters (Margaret, Isabel and Mary) came to Midhurst from the Corgarff area of Scotland (Margaret McHardy our family Matriarch was one of them)
• Margaret McHardy married Duncan Coutts
• Isabel McHardy married Charlie Wattie
• Mary McHardy married John Farquharson
• John Farquharson's sister Mary married a McHardy (after he died she married John Bonney)
• James Coutts #0.2 (Duncan's son) married Mary Monteith
• Mary Monteith's brother George married Margaret Coutts #0.5 (Jame's sister)
• James Coutts (Duncan's brother who remained in Scotland) married Jane McHardy
• Daisy Coutts #0.28 married Issac Carruthers
• George Coutts #0.82 married Issac Carruther's sister, Gertrude
• A common custom when naming a newborn child was to use a surname from a family relationship as a middle name, thus paying homage to those family ties
• Some names related by marriage: Beath, Russell, Orrock, Wattie, Michie, Shellswell, Carruthers, Thompson, Finlay, Robertson, Patton
Coutts Homestead 1956
(100th Anniversary in Canada)