St. Paul's Church (Halifax)
|St Paul's Church|
|St Paul's in the Grand Parade|
St Paul's Church
|Location||1749 Argyle Street, Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia|
|Founded||13 June 1750|
2 September 1750
|Official name: St. Paul’s Anglican Church National Historic Site of Canada|
|Type:||Provincially Registered Property|
|Designated:||7 November 1983|
St. Paul's Church is an evangelical Anglican church in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, within the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island of the Anglican Church of Canada. It is located at the south end of the Grand Parade, an open square in downtown Halifax with Halifax City Hall at the northern end. Built during Father Le Loutre's War, it is the oldest surviving Protestant church in Canada and the oldest building in Halifax. There is also a crypt below the church and the St. Paul's Church Cemetery. The official chapel of the church was the Little Dutch (Deutsch) Church.
It was founded in 1749 (the same year as the Halifax colony). The construction was begun in 1750 and is based on the ground plan of Gibbs' Marybone Chapel (later St. Peter's, Vere Street) in London, with later additions such as a larger tower. Reverend William Tutty (1715-1754) opened the church on September 2, 1750. Rev William Tutty was the first minister (1750–54); followed by Rev John Breynton (1754-1791) and Rev. Thomas Wood (1751-1764), who served at the same time.
During the French and Indian War, the church was the site of the burials of two prominent Nova Scotians: Governor Charles Lawrence. (d.1760) and Catholic Priest Pierre Maillard, the latter ceremony was attended by a large number of Mi'kmaq people. (Also during the war, the church was where Horatio Gates married Elizabeth Phillips in 1754.)
During the American Revolution the church held burial ceremonies for Francis McLean (d. 1781) who defended New Ireland (Maine) during the war; Capt Henry Francis Evans (d.1781) who died in the Naval Battle off Cape Breton (1781); Baron Oberst Franz Carl Erdmann von Seitz Hatchment (d.1782) who was the commander of the Hessian soldiers that defended Lunenburg in the Raid on Lunenburg (1782); and Governor Michael Francklin (d. 1782), whose funeral was also attended by a large number of Mi'kmaq people. Soon after the war, Vice-Admiral Philip Durell (d. 1766) was buried after having participated in the Siege of Louisbourg (1758) and the Siege of Quebec (1759).
After the American Revolution, with the creation of the Diocese of Nova Scotia in 1787, St. Paul's was given the Bishop's seat, making it the first Anglican cathedral outside of Great Britain. It served as the cathedral from 1787-1864. The diocese included Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, St. Johns (now Prince Edward Island), and across Quebec and Ontario to Windsor, and Bermuda. For many decades it was one of the only places of worship in Halifax, and other denominations would thus hold services in the building.
During the Halifax Explosion of 1917, a piece of wooden window frame from another building was lodged into the wall of St. Paul's Church, where it remains today.
Saint Paul's has a royal pew, and many royal guests have visited, including the father of Queen Victoria, Prince Edward, and Princesses Michael, Margaret, Alexandra, and Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II), and Prince William Henry in 1786 (later King William IV), Edward in 1860 (later King Edward VII), and Prince Edward in 1987. However, HRH Prince George, later to become King George V of the United Kingdom, declined to use the royal pew during his visits to Halifax as the commander of the HMS Thrush. 
Lt Governors of Nova Scotia
Michael Francklin, d. 1782
John Parr (governor), d. 1791
Sir John Wentworth, 1st Baronet, d.1820
Richard John Uniacke, d. 1830
- Martha Maria Uniacke, d. 1803 (wife of Richard John Unicke)
- Lady Mary Mitchell, d. 1825 (daughter of Richard John Uniacke; wife of Andrew Mitchell (Royal Navy officer))
- George Bertie Maitland, d. 1831, (age 1, son of Lt. Gov. of Nova Scotia Peregrine Maitland)
- Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres - Governor of Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton is buried at St. George's Church
Charles Inglis (bishop). d.1816
- Mary Stanser, d. 1815 (wife of Bishop Robert Stanser)
Lord Charles Montagu, d. 1784
- Lieutenant General William Gardiner, d. 1806
- Lieutenant Colonel David Meredith, d. 1809
- Sophia Sawyer, d. 1788 (Wife of Admiral Herbert Sawyer (1730–1798))
Military Memorial Plaques
George Brenton Laurie Plaque
Capt Henry Francis Evans - died in the Naval Battle off Cape Breton (1781)
- Lieutenant-Colonel John James Snodgrass (1796 - 1841), a British military officer, fought in the Battle of Waterloo and was an aide-de-camp to Sir Archibald Campbell, 1st Baronet and author.
Stain glass Windows
Eliza Ritchie Window
- Horatio Gates married Elizabeth Phillips on October 20, 1754 in Halifax
- List of oldest buildings and structures in Halifax, Nova Scotia
- History of the Halifax Regional Municipality
- History of Nova Scotia
- Military history of Nova Scotia
- J. Philip McAleer. A pictorial history of St. Paul's Anglican Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia 1 edition Appendix 2, 1993
- William Tutty - Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.)
- Memorials at St. Paul's Church, Acadiensis, p. 58
- Canada's Historic Properties - St. Paul's Anglican Church
- It was the second protestant church ever established in Canada. The first was Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (St. John's), Newfoundland (1699).
- Pound, Richard W. (2005). 'Fitzhenry and Whiteside Book of Canadian Facts and Dates'. Fitzhenry and Whiteside.
- Breynton was absent from 1785-1791.
- Canadian Biography
- Baxter Emsley, Sarah (1999). St. Paul's in the Grand Parade. halifax: Formac Publishing Company Ltd. p. 4. ISBN 0-88780-487-X.
- Baxter Emsley, Sarah (1999). St. Paul's in the Grand Parade. Halifax: Formac Publishing Company Ltd. pp. 47–48. ISBN 0-88780-487-X.
- For the list see J. Philip McAleer. A pictorial history of St. Paul's Anglican Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia 1 edition Appendix 2, 1993. pp.142-143
- Collections of the Nova Scotia Historical Society. Vol. 1, p. 44
- Colonel of the Hesse Cassel Garrison Regiment Von Seitz - see Hessian (soldiers). The Baron fought in the American Revolution, particularly on 16 November 1776, he captured Fort Washington; 1776-1778, Garrisoned New York; 1778-1783, Garrisoned Halifax. See "The Hessians of Nova Scotia" by John H Merz and Winthrop P. Bell entitled, "A Hessian conscript's account of life in garrison at Halifax at the time of the American Revolution". Collections of the Nova Scotia Historical Society, Volume 27, 1947
- While a display inside the church states that Buckeley is buried in the crypt, according to J. Philip McAleer, the evidence that Bulkeley was buried in the church is circumstantial. This circumstantial evidence rests on the fact that he helped establish the church and was an active member in it for 51 years. Also Buckeley is reported to have had the largest funeral ceremony ever to be in Halifax up to that date. Further, his wife Mary Rous has a headstone in the St Paul's Church Cemetery, while Buckeley does not. Rev Hill, however reports that Bulkeley's grave is marked by a rude stone in St. Paul's Church cemetery, presumably close to the gravestone of his wife Mary Rous. (See Collections of the Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. 2, p. 69)
- Barry Cahill, “The Career of Chief Justice Bryan Finucane,” Nova Scotia Historical Society Collections, vol. 42 (1986), pp. 153-69.
- Captain John Mudge b. 1792 d. 1872 m. Sarah Jessie Henrietta Colton b. 1796 d. 1818. Dolphin, about October 1777, captured the 100-ton brigantine Salisbury (John Mudge). Dolphin was sent into Massachusetts, where she was libeled in the Massachusetts Court of the Middle District on 6 November 1777, with trial set for 27 November.46
- St. Paul's Anglican Church National Historic Site of Canada. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- St. Paul's Anglican Church. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
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