Fonds F 604

Charles Shirreff family fonds

About these records

Charles Shirreff family fonds
Dates of Creation
1694-1958, predominant 1723-1893
Physical Description

12 centimetres of textual records

7 photographs : prints

3 maps

1 plan

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of personal and professional records of Charles Shirreff and other Shirreff family members. Included are correspondence, land records, genealogical information and biographical information regarding the Shirreff family, notices of appointments, diaries, and other records.

Correspondence includes: letters received by Charles Sherriff before his emigration from Scotland; letters regarding Colonel John By; letters detailing Alexander Shirreff’s expenses while exploring the land between the Ottawa River and Lake Huron; letters regarding the purchase of land and the purchase of the Bytown Gazette; and letters regarding the Shirreff family’s claim to the earldom of Stirling.

Land records consist of: land grants; a Scottish property transfer; a rent roll of Fitzroy Harbour lots; a statement of property at Fitzroy Harbour; maps of the land by the Carp River and part of Fitzroy Township; and a plan of the Fitzroy Harbour.

Genealogical and biographical material includes newspaper clippings, manuscript histories of the family, and a history of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at Fitzroy Harbour.

Fonds also includes notices of Charles Shirreff’s appointment as a Justice of the Peace for the Ottawa and Bathurst Districts, and of his temporary appointment as a local agent of the Canada Company.

Diaries contain entries relating to: Ottawa River improvements, Lake Nipissing exploration, Gatineau timber, and proposed settlements in the Ottawa District and at Lake Nipissing.

Fonds also includes: notices regarding timber duties and the construction of roads; printed copies of Charles Shirreff’s letter to the Bytown Gazette entitled "Arguments for Bytown being made the Seat of the Government in Canada"; wills and a marriage contract; tax bills, contracts, and property valuations of property belonging to Charles Shirreff and Company, Leith; and photographs of sites around Fitzroy Harbour.

Fonds contains the following series: General Correspondence, 1723-1893, N.D. (Series A); Land Records, 1694- 1958 (Series B); Genealogy (Series C); Appointments, 1835, N.D. (Series D); Diaries, 1831, N.D. (Series E); Memoranda (Series F); Ottawa-Bytown, 1842, N.D. (Series G); Biographical (Series H); Wills And Marriage Contract, 1702, 1853, 1881 (Series I); Scottish Miscellaneous (Series J)

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

The Charles Shirreff family, originally of Scotland, lived in Bytown (Ottawa), Upper Canada and were involved in business, land ownership, engineering and surveying in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Charles Shirreff, Sr. (1768-1849) was a businessman and founder of Fitzroy Harbour, and a Collector of Timber Duties in Bytown (later Ottawa).

Robert Shirreff (1794-1870) was the son of Charles Shirreff (1768-1849), and was a land owner in Fitzroy Township, Ontario and the owner of the Bytown Gazette.

Alexander Shirreff (1802-1878), the youngest son of Charles Shirreff (1768-1849), was an engineer and surveyor.

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Charles Shirreff (family)

Shirreff, Charles, 1768-1849

Shirreff, Robert, 1794-1870

Shirreff, Alexander, 1802-1878

Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright held by creator. These materials cannot be published without permission from the copyright holder.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Fonds was donated to the Archives of Ontario in 1979 by J. Robert Shirreff of Ottawa, Ontario.

Title based on content of fonds.

Former Codes

Accession Number: 13238.MU 3289.

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