Records and Memories of
Boston Church of the Scotch Block
County of Halton, Ontario. 1820 - 1920
By John McColl D.D.
To Natives of the Scotch Block
WHO CHERISH ITS HISTORY, AND WHOSE INTEREST AND
ENCOURAGEMENT PROMPTED AND PERMITTED THE WRITING OF THESE PAGES;
WITH THE PRAYER THAT IT MAY CONTINUE A SPIRITUAL FORCE IN
ITS SECOND CENTURY AS IN ITS FIRST: RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED.
This history deals specially with the first Presbyterian
congregation of Esqnesing and its successor, the Boston Church, but in
connection therewith other matters come in for mention.
The main source of information has been the Boston Church
record-books. For some contemporaneous events and conditions in the
country a few publications have been consulted. Some incidents have been
ascertained by interview, or by correspondence with those who had
knowledge of them, and the writer has drawn upon reminiscences of his
To all who responded to enquiries concerning persons and
circumstances, he herewith expresses his appreciation and thanks for
John Me Coll.
January 10, 1920.
Early Days in the Scotch Block of Esquesing.
Missionary Preachers in- the Scotch Block.
The First Meeting-House and Something About Schools.
Early Presbyterianism in Upper Canada.
The Reverend Peter Ferguson.
The Rev. Patrick Gray and The Rev. John McLachlan
The Reverend James Mitchell.
Building of the New Boston Church.
The Rev. Donald Stewart and The Rev. John Eadie.
The Reverend Malcolm Cameron, D.D.
The Rev. J. W. H. Milne, B.A., and The Rev. A. R. Gregory, B.A.
The Rev. John R. Watts, B.A.; The Rev. W. G. Rose, B.A.; and The Rev.
Robert McDerment, M.A.
Elders, Managers, Names of Church Members, Adherents and Children,
Present Organization (1919).
The United Presbyterian Church of America.
Ministers of the Gospel From Families of the; Church.
Lawyers From the Boston and U. P. Congregations.
Physicians From the Boston and U. P. Congregations.
Appendix 1. Original Land-Holders in Scotch Block, Esquesing,
earliest patent, January 21, 1820.
Appendix 2. Land-Owners in Scotch Block, Esquesing, as shown on
wall map of G. C. Tremaine, Oakville, in 1858.
Appendix 3. A Letter that brought many Immigrants, 1819.