The Brydons

Scotland to Canada

David Brydon

Male 1809 - 1891  (81 years)


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  • Name David Brydon 
    Born 10 Sep 1809  , Eskdalemuir, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1841  Over Cassock, Eskdalemuir, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration Abt 1846  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • This is calc'd based on the birthplaces of his kids.
    Residence 1871  Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He's a farmer, married.
    Died 1 Mar 1891  Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried New Hope Hespeler Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1884  Brydon family tree
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2017 

    Father Adam Bryden,   b. 1766, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1850  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Margaret Armstrong,   b. 1775,   d. Sep 1842  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 4 May 1799  , Stow, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Floodgate
    The Floodgate
    From the Floodgate by Winfield Brewster this exerpt describes his grandfather David Bryden's settlement in Ontario.
    Family ID F1283  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Janet Glendinning,   b. 12 Jun 1810, , Eskdalemuir, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1889, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married Bef 1841  Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Glendenning Brydon,   b. 29 Oct 1841, Upper Cassock, Eskdalemuir, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1918, Hespeler, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +2. Margaret Brydon,   b. 26 Apr 1843, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1936, Hespeler, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    +3. Archibald Brydon,   b. 17 Nov 1844, Kirkpatrick-Fleming, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1934, Forest Hill, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     4. Janet Park Brydon,   b. 9 Feb 1846, , Eskdalemuir, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1897, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     5. Adam Brydon,   b. 1847, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1906, Muskoka Twp., Muskoka Dist., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     6. James Brydon,   b. Nov 1850, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1939  (Age ~ 88 years)
    The Floodgate
    The Floodgate
    From the Floodgate by Winfield Brewster this exerpt describes his grandfather David Bryden's settlement in Ontario.
    Last Modified 9 Nov 2010 
    Family ID F614  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Sep 1809 - , Eskdalemuir, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Bef 1841 - Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1841 - Over Cassock, Eskdalemuir, Dumfriesshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - Abt 1846 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1871 - Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Mar 1891 - Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - New Hope Hespeler Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Brydon - Glendenning
    Brydon - Glendenning
    David and Janet

    photo by Gary Schumacher

    Recordings
    Scarborough Settler's Lament
    Scarborough Settler's Lament
    written in 1840 by Sandy Glendenning who called it ‘Awa wi Scarboro’s Muddy Creeks’. Sandy was the brother-in-law of David Brydon. David and his wife Janet Glendenning stayed with Sandy in Scarborough when they first arrived in Ontario.

    The poem was turned into a song by Canadian folk-singer Stan Rogers and became a standard for Canadian singers.

    Here it is performed by Jesse Ferguson, aka The Bard of Cornwall.

    Away with Canada's muddy creeks
    And Canada's fields of pine
    Your land of wheat is a goodly land,
    But oh, it is not mine
    The heathy hill, the grassy dale.
    The daisy spangled lea,
    The purling burn and craggy linn --
    Auld Scotia's land give me.

    Oh, I would like to hear again
    The lark on Tinny's hill
    And see the wee bit gowany
    That blooms beside the rill.
    Like banished Swiss who views afar
    His Alps with longing e'e.
    I gaze upon the morning star
    That shines on my country.

    No more I'll win by Eskdale Pen
    Or Pentland's craggy comb.
    The days can ne'er come back again
    Of thirty years that's gone,
    But fancy oft at midnight hour
    Will steal across the sea.
    Yestre'en amidst a pleasant dream
    I saw my own country.

    Each scene that met my view
    Brought childhood's joys to mind.
    The blackbird sang on Tushey linn
    The song he sang lang syne.
    But like a dream time flies away
    And then the morning came.
    And I awoke in Canada,
    Three thousand miles from hame.

    Sandy Glendinning, 1840

    Albums
    Brydon - Armstrong family
    Brydon - Armstrong family (21)
    Starts with Adam Brydon and Margaret Armstrong in Dumfriesshire, Scotland in the 1770's. Their son, David marries Janet Glendenning and settles in Waterloo County, Ontario.

  • Notes 
    • Gravestone, Section B 19.15 7-9-12B.
      "In memory of David Brydon who died Mar 1 1891 aged 81 ys 5 ms & 19ds In memory of Janet Glendenning wife of David Brydon who died Feb 21 1889 aged 78 ys 9 ms & 9 ds natives of Dumfriesshire Scotland."

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      from Scottish Tradition Vol.24 1999 http://www.irss.uoguelph.ca/article/viewFile/313/459

      Thus early Galt was for all practical purposes a Scottish town, a fact recognised by one of its earliest residents, David Bryden. A small-hold tenant in Dumfriesshire, Bryden arrived in Upper Canada with his wife and family in 1847. Yet he maintained a correspondence with his brother in Scotland, whom he told:

      Go into Galt and you cannot fail to see some old acquaintances [from Scotland] and get a hearty welcome. I went last week to the home of James Cowan and bred my acquaintance. He is the most influential man in the township, talented, kind and familiar and one of the Councillors for the District.

      Bryden went on to praise the piety of the Galtonians, as good or better than that of native Scots - an essential observation when considering issues raised below. Interestingly, Bryden asserts that Galt often drew immigrants from one community, or several neighbouring communities back in Scotland, and that old relationships were maintained in the new land.