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Brodie Family Fonds (P021)

1825-1864. - 20 cm of textual records.

Administrative History - Biographical Sketch:

Hugh Brodie was born in Lochwinnoch, Ayrshire, Scotland in 1780. He initially settled in Chambly, subsequently farming for a Mr. John Lilly, before he acquired property of his own at Coteau St. Pierre. A farmer and avid agriculturalist, he served as a judge at several New York State Agricultural Exhibitions. His wife Anne (née Brodie, not related) was born in 1779 in Scotland. The two came to Canada in 1803, the year they were married. Their sons, Hugh (born 1811) and Robert, were successful farmers. Daughter Mary was baptized at the St. Gabriel Street Church in 1804.

Amelia Ogilvie (daughter of Archibald Ogilvie) married Hugh Brodie (Junior) and they had four children: Hugh, Agnes (Mrs. Wm. Kerr), Ann (Mrs. Marshall Beale Atkinson) and William.

References: Reverend Robert Campbell's A History of the Scotch Presbyterian Church, St. Gabriel Street, Montreal (1887), and information in the Atkinson family papers (P024).

Scope and Content:

The Brodie family fonds contains material pertaining to family and personal matters of Hugh Brodie, Mrs. Hugh Brodie, Robert Brodie, John Brodie and Jane Brodie. The fonds consists mainly of family correspondence and some legal records. Besides family news, the correspondence provides information on farming, lumbering, religion, politics, weather and the economy. For instance, it was on the Brodie farm that the Fameuse, or Snow apple, and the Montreal melon were developed. The correspondence is mostly pre-Confederation. It comes from relatives and friends in Scotland, Ireland, New York, Bytown, Cornwall and Niagara.