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Stewart, Neil, 1793-1881

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Stewart, Neil, 1793-1881

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1793-1881

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Neil Stewart (April 1793-May 1881) was born in Carbost on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, the son of Ranald Stewart and Isabella McLeod, daughter of Roderick McLeod. Neil Stewart came to Canada on the ship “Mary Anne” in 1816 with his mother and her nine other children, his father having died in 1814. The family settled on two lots that were part of the 4th concession of Lancaster in Glengarry County, Ontario. In 1824 or 1825, he moved from Glengarry County to Vankleek Hill, Ontario, where he purchased a farm. During this time, Stewart was a store clerk and later a merchant. Stewart was also the first postmaster of Vankleek Hill, a justice of the peace, county treasurer, and a Crown land agent. Stewart was also a member of the local militia, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. During the Rebellions of 1837, he was active in rallying local support for the Crown. From 1844 to 1847, Stewart was a member of the House of Assembly for the Province of Canada, representing Prescott County, before he was defeated in the 1847 election. In 1878, Stewart established two prizes awarded annually to students studying biblical Hebrew language and literature in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University. Stewart married his first wife, Alice McCann, on 15 March 1828. Together the couple had four or five children (according to different sources) before Alice died on 15 December 1834. Stewart married his second wife, Anne MacLeod, in 1840, but the couple had no children.

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