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The Reverend William Macaulay 1794-1874

The Reverend William Macaulay 1794-1874

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted November, 2010

The Reverend William Macaulay 1794-1874

Plaque Location

The County of Prince Edward
In Picton, in front of the entrance to a church
on Church Street just south of Union Street

Coordinates: N 44 00.426 W 77 07.940


Plaque Text

In 1803 William Macauley, son of a United Empire Loyalist, received a crown grant of some 160 ha of land in this vicinity. Born in Kingston, Macauley was educated under the Rev. John Strachan and at Oxford University. Ordained in 1818, he used his own funds to finance the construction of this church, St. Mary Magdalene, which began in 1825. Macauley also donated land for the District court-house and gaol. The resultant settlement, which through his influence was named Picton, after Sir Thomas Picton, a distinguished British soldier, was incorporated with the adjacent community of Hallowell in 1837. Macauley is buried in this churchyard.

Related Ontario plaques
United Empire Loyalists
The Reverend John Strachan in Cornwall



Other Plaques in Picton
Letitia Youmans 1827-1896
The Conference Church
District Court-House and Gaol 1832
Founding of Hallowell
Prince Edward County Fairgrounds
John A. Macdonald in Hallowell

Prince Edward County Plaques

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