Blantyre & Blantyre Park , Toronto

I like hearing about different places around the world with the name Blantyre. Here’s a little story kindly put together by my friend and history colleague, Gordon Cook.

   “Peter Paterson and his wife Jean Fraser brought their sons David, John, and Peter from Blantyre, Scotland, and settled in Little York (or as they called it “Muddy York” (now the city of Toronto) between 1817 and 1819. Peter senior started up a hardware business in King Street East, called P. Paterson and Sons, he died in Toronto in 1846 and son David carried on the business.

   Peter Paterson junior was born in Blantyre on 13th September 1807 and was about 11 when he arrived in Canada. He later married Hannah Wilson, who was born in England. Peter and Hannah had ten children, three dying in infancy. One of the surviving children was Thomas Wilson Paterson, born in 1847, who would enter the ministry 1869 with both B.A. and M.A. degrees and was later rector of Christ Church, Deer Park, Ontario. Thomas married Christiana Mary Porter in 1891 and had four children. His brother, Charles William Paterson, was also a minister.

   Peter Paterson had gone into partnership in the 1850s with a Jerry D. Merrick, son of an Irish immigrant, and after he retired he bought a fifty acre tract of land from Dr Orlando Salathiel Winstanley, and built a fine home on the Kingston Road near Toronto and named it “Blantyre”, the grounds and gardens were known as “Blantyre Park” and the lakefront property was called “Victoria Park”. Peter died in 1883.

   “Blantyre” and “Blantyre Park” were later taken over (before 1907) as a site for an industrial school for Roman Catholic boys.

Pictured is Blantyre Park (Toronto), now also the name of a little park.

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Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said,:

Nan Burrows Nice piece of history. Thank you
Terry McMahon It’s neat to read the history! My grandparents lived on Blantyre Ave. for some time. When I learned about their connection to Blantyre, I understood why they’d be drawn to it. Aside from the street name, it’s in the Beaches neighbourhood of Toronto, bySee more
Blantyre Project Thanks John. I’ve just been recently given a book about Paterson’s history at Lennox. I’m looking forward to comparing that detail to the brief history i research on this last year. (I found no Blantyre, Scotland connection), despite Paterson eluding hSee more
John Paterson

PATERSON, PETER, merchant and capitalist; b. 13 Sept. 1807 at Blantyre Works (Blantyre), near Glasgow, Scotland, son of Peter Paterson and Jean Frazer; m. 9 Jan. 1837 Hannah Wilson (1815–92), and they had six sons and four daughters; d. 12 April 1883 at Toronto, On…
Liz Allan Thank you for all the information and a little history that you give us. Keep up the good work x
Blantyre Project Liz thank you for reading!
Christine Buchanan Nancy sinkinson
Anne Marie Murray I have been to Blantyre pool in Toronto! My aunt and uncle stayed in Bingham Ave at the Beeches. Great place! ..


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  1. Thank for sharing. Peter Paterson was my 4th great-grandfather. I was doing research on him and found this.

    1. Hi
      I have got a postal cover sent in 1876, from Beirut (Lebanon/Near East) to Blantyre, Toronto, Canada to P. Paterson Esq., with no letter content.
      Could he be related to you? if yes, I am trying to find out the connection between him and Beirut ? what type of business was Paterson involved in in that period?

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