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Author Sweeny, Alastair, author.

Title Thomas Mackay : the laird of Rideau Hall and the founding of Ottawa / by Alastair Sweeny
Published Ottawa, Ontario : University of Ottawa Press, 2022


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 377 pages) : illustrations
Series Regional studies
Contents Cover -- Thomas Mackay -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- List of Figures -- Acknowledgements -- A Note on Images -- Other Books by Alastair Sweeny -- Introduction -- Part One: Lachine and the Rideau Canal -- Chapter 1: Early Ottawa -- Chapter 2: From Scotland to Montréal -- Chapter 3: Wellington's Generals -- Chapter 4: Enter Colonel John By -- Chapter 5: 1826: The Founding of Bytown -- Chapter 6: 1827: Canal Cornerstones -- Chapter 7: How to Build a Canal -- Chapter 8: Jones Falls, Malaria,and Black Powder -- Chapter 9: The Hog's Back Dam Disasters
Chapter 10: 1829: Handsome Profits -- Chapter 11: 1831: Finishing the Work -- Chapter 12: 1832: Colonel By's Recall -- Part Two: New Edinburgh and Rideau Hall -- Chapter 13: Militia, Politics, and Civics, 1830-1838 -- Chapter 14: Miller Mackay, 1830-1849 -- Chapter 15: Rideau Hall, 1838-1853 -- Chapter 16: The Capital Idea, 1841-1849 -- Chapter 17: Mackay a Legislative Councillor -- Chapter 18: Bust and Boom, 1840-1849 -- Chapter 19: Annexation and Reciprocity, 1849-1854 -- Part Three: Railway Mania -- Chapter 20: The Philosophy of Railroads, 1847-1853
Chapter 21: The Bytown & Prescott, 1847-1853 -- Chapter 22: The Keefers in Montréal, 1850-1859 -- Chapter 23: The Queen Approves of Ottawa, 1853-1857 -- Part Four: Thomas Keefer and the Mackay Estate -- Chapter 24 The Thomas Keefer Regime, 1855-1865 -- Chapter 25: The Sale of Rideau Hall -- Chapter 26: Keefer Develops Rockcliffe Park -- Appendix A: Rockcliffe Arms -- Appendix B: Lines on Thomas Mackay -- Select Bibliography -- Regional Studies -- Back Cover
Summary "The Laird of Rideau Hall explores the life and times of Thomas Mackay, the chief founder of Bytown/Ottawa. Born and raised in Perth, Scotland, Mackay and his family emigrated to Montreal in 1817. Partnering with fellow mason John Redpath, he built the locks of the first Lachine Canal, did military construction work at Fort Lennox and St. Helen's Island, and supplied stone for Montreal's Notre Dame Basilica. Engaged by Colonel By of the Royal Engineers to build the Ottawa and Hartwell Locks of the Rideau Canal, Mackay used his profits to found the village of New Edinburgh and build a mill complex at Rideau Falls, as well as the residence his daughter named Rideau Hall. With his hefty canal profits--paid in Spanish silver pieces of eight--Mackay was a major financier of the Ottawa and Prescott Railway, and chief promoter of Ottawa as the capital of Canada. He served as Colonel of the Russell and Carleton militias, was MLA for Russell for seven years, and a member of the Legislative Council of Canada for fifteen. After Mackay's death in 1855, his son-in-law and estate manager Thomas Keefer sold Rideau Hall to the government to serve as a residence for Canada's Governor General. Keefer also developed a tract of land owned by the estate into the village of Rockcliffe Park, today home to over 70 diplomatic residences."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 25, 2022)
Subject MacKay, Thomas, 1792-1855.
SUBJECT MacKay, Thomas, 1792-1855
Subject Businesspeople -- Ontario -- Ottawa -- Biography
Stonemasons -- Ontario -- Ottawa -- Biography
Legislators -- Ontario -- Ottawa -- Biography
SUBJECT Ottawa (Ont.) -- Biography
Ottawa (Ont.) -- History -- 19th century
Subject Ontario -- Ottawa
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780776636801