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John Redpath

Birthplace: Earlston, Berwickshire, Scotland
Death: March 05, 1869 (72-73)
Montréal, Québec, Canada
Place of Burial: 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Montréal, Communauté-Urbaine-de-Montréal, QC, H2V 2P9, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Redpath and Elizabeth Pringle
Husband of Jane Redpath and Janet Redpath
Father of Margaret Pringle Dennistoun; Rev. George Drummond Redpath; Wilhemmina Redpath; Isabella Agnes Redpath; Francis Robert Redpath and 11 others
Brother of George Redpath; Ellen McLean and Peter Redpath
Half brother of Robert Redpath; James Redpath and Elspeth Fairbairn

Managed by: Jessica Marie German
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About John Redpath

John Redpath is Notable.John Redpath (1796 – March 5, 1869) was a Scots-Canadian businessman and philanthropist who helped pioneer the industrial movement that made Montreal, Quebec the largest and most prosperous city in Canada. After he was orphaned, John Redpath lived for a time with his half-sister Elspeth Redpath Fairbairn. He later was apprenticed as a stonemason and lived with George Drummond's family, whose wife was Margaret Pringle. (His mother was Elizabeth Pringle, so that Margaret may have been John's aunt, but this is not verified.) George Drummond was an expert stone mason and successful building contractor entrepreneur. He was a political presence on the Edinburgh City Council. Among his apprentices in stone masonry was his brother Robert. In 1816, Robert Drummond, along with this fellow apprentice John Redpath, went to Canada under the British Government's emigration scheme to occupy the returning veterans from the Napoleonic Wars. John's brother Robert and their nephew Peter, also stonemasons, joined them on their journey. The Redpath's initially settled in Montreal. He was a mason working on canal systems, such as the Lachine and Rideau Canals, and later founded the Redpath Sugar Company. He was also involved in banking, real estate and politics. In Nepean Township, Upper Canada, the area today known as Ottawa South (between the Canal and Rideau River) passed through several hands before it was acquired, in 1832, by John Redpath. Redpath’s brother-in-law, Thomas Fairbairn, built a house on the property to the east of Riverdale and in 1859 Thomas’s son, Peter, bought the property from his uncle. The register shows Redpath acquiring an interest in the property from R.D. Fraser in 1832 and selling it to Peter Fairbairn in 1859.

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John Redpath's Timeline

Earlston, Berwickshire, Scotland
September 12, 1819
Lower Canada
August 1, 1821
Montreal, Lower Canada
November 15, 1823
Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada
April 1825
Montreal, Lower Canada
September 1, 1827
Montreal, Lower Canada
January 13, 1834
Montreal, Lower Canada
October 26, 1836
August 19, 1839
Montreal, Lower Canada, Canada