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Selected Bibliography for
Socio-Economic History of

Upper Canada / Ontario

Refer also to these Pages
James McCowan of Scarborough
for more "Inputs" to your research project


Printed Sources of a Primary Nature

British Colonist, Toronto.

Jack Cavanagh, "Parks in Scarborough Remembered", in Scarborough Historical Notes and Comments, Vol. XI, No. 2.

The Champlain Society, The Town of York, 1815-1834, 1966.

Colonial Advocate, Toronto.

John A. Cornell, The Pioneers of Beverly, 1889, Centennial Edition, 1967.

Scarborough Historical Notes and Comments.

Markham Economist and Sun, Markham.

The Bill and Nancy McCowan Fortieth Anniversary Album, July, 1992, privately published.

D.B. McCowan, ed. The Successful Teacher, 1830-1988. Scarborough Historical Society, October 1988. A Collection of Anecdotes to Commemorate the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of Scarborough Village Public School, October 15, 1988.

Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch, St. Andrew's Church Cemetery, Bendale, Ontario, 1988.

Patriot and Farmer's Monitor.

The Fanny Annis Pherrill Scrapbook, private collection.

Diary of Rev. William Proudfoot, as printed in Transactions of the London and Middlesex Historical Society, Part VI (1915).

R. Alex Sim, Land and Community, Crisis in Canada's Countryside, 1988, University of Guelph.

W.L. Smith, The Pioneers of Old Ontario, Publ. George N. Morang, 1923.


Printed Sources of a Secondary Nature

Levi Annis, Annis Annals, 1931.

R.R. Bonis, A History of Scarborough, 1965

David Boyle, Ed., The Township of Scarboro, 1796-1896, William Briggs, Toronto, 1896.

A. Chadwick, N. McCowan, D.B. McCowan, The Scots Kirk: An Oral History of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Scarborough

Margaret Heron Carr, James McCowan Family: From 1833, 1993.

E.H. Clarke, A History of the Toronto Milk Producers’ Association, 1900-1966, 1966.

George W.J. Duncan, Re-Creating the Circa 1855 Home of William P. McCowan, Scarborough Historical Notes and Comments, 1988.

Robert H. Eadie, History of Old Malvern, 1973.

C.O. Ermatinger, The Talbot Regime, 1904.

Robert Leslie Jones, History of Agriculture in Ontario, 1613-1880, University of Toronto Press, 1946.

Hazel C. Mathews, The Mark of Honour, University of Toronto Press, 1965.

D.B. McCowan, McCowans of Cumnock, Lesmahagow & Scarborough, 1985

D.B. McCowan, John Torrance of Lanarkshire, Scarborough Historical Notes and Comments, November, 1987.

D.B. McCowan, St. Andrew's 150 Years Ago, 1988.

D.B. McCowan, A Man and His Home: William Porteous McCowan, 1820-1902, Scarborough Historical Notes and Comments, 1988.

D.B. McCowan, Immigration from Lanarkshire and Dumfriesshire, 1797-1850, Scarborough Historical Notes and Comments, 1988.

D.B. McCowan, A Lakefront Estate Residential Development, 1890- 1940, Scarborough Historical Notes and Comments, 1989.

D.B. McCowan, Fairs and Frolics: Scottish Communities at Work and Play, James McCowan Memorial Social History Society, 1993.

D.B. McCowan, Neigh the Front: Exploring Scarboro Heights, James McCowan Memorial Social History Society, 2001.

D.B. McCowan, Curling: A Scottish Sport in Scarborough, James McCowan Memorial Social History Society, 1996.

D.B. McCowan, Early Curling in Scarborough, Scarborough Historical Notes and Comments, 1989 (Vol. XIII, No. 1).

D.B. McCowan, Editor, Learning for Life, Striving for Excellence: An Anthology to Commemorate the Opening of Kennedy Public School, With Special Contributions from the Marquess of Ailsa, 1988.

Ed. D.B. McCowan,  Jonathan and Sarah Ashbridge , Pennsylvania Quakers; Scarborough Historical Notes and Comments, V12 #1 

W.T. Ashbridge, The Ashbridge Book

B. Myrvold, The People of Scarborough, 1997.

Valerie Alexander, Impressions of Our Past Population (St. Andrew's Cemetery), in Scarborough Historical Notes and Comments, V13 #1)

Peter B. Waite, Canada, 1874-1896: Arduous Destiny, McClelland and Stewart


Manuscripts and Other Records

Gemmill Papers, TD 293/1, Strathclyde Regional Archives.

Robert H. Martin Collection.

Extracts from the Letters of Ruth McCowan and John Heron, 1916-1919, in "The James McCowan Family from 1833" and Scarborough Historical Notes and Comments, Vol. 13, No. 1. Transcribed and edited by Margaret Heron Carr.

Diary of Alexander McCowan, 1892.

D.A. McCowan Collection.

George McCowan Collection.

Clark Young Collection.

Diary of John Young.

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Scarborough: St. Andrew's Young People's Society, Minutes, 1901-09, and many other records.

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Scarborough. Of particular interest are child mortality statistics.

Jean Ormerod Thomson Collection.

Janet Purdie McCowan Collection.

The Scarboro Heights Record V11 #6