Bathurst District

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1850 map of Eastern Ontario showing Bathurst District

The Bathurst District was a historic district in Upper Canada which existed until 1849. It was created in 1822 from the Johnstown District and contained Carleton County.[1] The district town was Perth.

History[edit]

In 1824, Lanark County was created from part of Carleton County, so that its constituent townships were divided as follows:[2]

Counties comprising Bathurst District (1824)
Carleton Lanark
  • Nepean
  • Goulbourne
  • Huntley
  • March
  • Pakenham
  • Fitzroy
  • Tarbolton

together with such Islands in the Ottawa River as are wholly or in greater part opposite thereto

  • Bathurst
  • Drummond
  • Beckwith
  • Dalhousie
  • Lanark
  • Ramsay
  • Darling
  • Levant
  • North Sherbrooke
  • South Sherbrooke

together with all the unsurveyed lands within the District of Bathurst, and such Islands in the Ottawa River as are wholly or in greater part opposite to the said townships and unsurveyed land

In 1838, upon the creation of the Dalhousie District, the townships were reorganized as follows:[3]

Reorganization of Bathurst and Dalhousie Districts with constituent counties (1838)
Transferred from Dalhousie District Bathurst District
Carleton Lanark Renfrew
Bathurst District
  • Nepean
  • Goulbourn
  • Huntley
  • March
  • Fitzroy
  • Tarbolton
  • Bathurst
  • Drummond
  • Beckwith
  • Dalhousie
  • Lanark
  • Ramsay
  • Darling
  • Levant
  • North Sherbrooke
  • South Sherbrooke
  • Pakenham
  • McNab
  • Horton
  • Ross
  • Westmeath
  • Pembroke
Johnstown District
  • North Gower
  • Marlborough
  • Montague
  • so much of the townships of Elmsley and Burgess as lie on the north shore of the Rideau waters
Ottawa District
  • Gloucester
  • Osgoode

By 1845, all lands in the District had been surveyed into the following townships:[4]

Counties comprising Bathurst District (1845)[a]
Lanark Renfrew
  • Bathurst
  • Beckwith
  • Drummond
  • Dalhousie
  • Darling
  • North Elmsley
  • North Burgess
  • Levant
  • Lanark
  • Montague
  • Pakenham
  • Ramsay
  • North Sherbrooke
  • South Sherbrooke
  • Admaston
  • Blithefield
  • Bagot
  • Bromley
  • Horton
  • McNab
  • Pembroke
  • Ross
  • Stafford
  • Westmeath

Effective January 1, 1850, Bathurst District was abolished, and the United Counties of Lanark and Renfrew replaced it for municipal and judicial purposes.[5][b]

Further reading[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ the two counties were united for electoral purposes
  2. ^ the counties still remained united for electoral purposes, known as the County of Lanark[6]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 45°15′N 76°30′W / 45.25°N 76.5°W / 45.25; -76.5