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Thomas Anderson Brydon

Thomas Anderson Brydon

Male 1856 - 1920  (64 years)

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  • Name Thomas Anderson Brydon 
    Born 22 Mar 1856  , Ettrick, Selkirkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1861  Ramseycleuch, Ettrick, Selkirkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1871  Snaigow Cottages, Caputh, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He's a scholar.
    Immigration 1884  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1891  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He's a carpenter.
    Residence 1901  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He's a contractor.
    Residence 1911  Saanich, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 11 Dec 1920  Saanich, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2739  Brydon family tree
    Last Modified 11 Sep 2018 

    Father Adam Brydon,   b. 1816, Ramseycleuch, Ettrick, Selkirkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1889, Whirlie, Caputh, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Jane Dalgleish,   b. 16 Sep 1816, , Castleton, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1893, Whirlie, Caputh, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 8 Aug 1840  , Yarrow, Selkirkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • second ceremony date...
      05 Aug 1840 at Westerkirk,Dumfries,Scotland
    Family ID F1638  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ann Malcolm,   b. 27 May 1857, , Logie Pert, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1949, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 1884  Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Robert Brydon,   b. 25 Oct 1885, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1960, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     2. Jane Dalgleish Brydon,   b. 20 Oct 1888, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1954, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +3. James Malcolm Brydon,   b. 2 Sep 1890, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1968, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     4. Mary Ann Malcolm Brydon,   b. 2 Oct 1891, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1893, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    +5. Walter Dalgleish Brydon,   b. 3 Oct 1895, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1962, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 10 Apr 2013 
    Family ID F934  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Mar 1856 - , Ettrick, Selkirkshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1861 - Ramseycleuch, Ettrick, Selkirkshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1871 - Snaigow Cottages, Caputh, Perthshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1884 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1884 - Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1891 - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1901 - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1911 - Saanich, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Dec 1920 - Saanich, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Thomas Anderson Brydon
    Thomas Anderson Brydon

    Histories
    'a grandson of the Redfordgreen Brydon of a century ago'
    "a grandson of the Redfordgreen Brydon of a century ago"

    Places
    1162 Fort St., Victoria,British Columbia
    1162 Fort St., Victoria,British Columbia
    Home built by Thomas Anderson Brydon, 1905-1906

  • Notes 
    • Thomas Anderson Brydon was the first reeve in Saanich, but left a far greater mark on the face of Victoria. A builder and contractor, Brydon was responsible for early Victoria landmarks such as the Janion Block on Wharf Street, the Chinese School on Fisgard Street and the Vernon Block on Douglas Street.

      He was born in Selkirk, Scotland, in March 1855, and learned the carpenter's trade in Edinburgh. After he completed his apprenticeship he went to work in London and, hearing of the potential of Canada, returned home to marry his sweetheart, Mary Ann Malcolm. They sailed for Victoria in 1884. The Brydons quickly became involved in church work. Both of them signed petitions calling on the provincial government to enact stricter regulations on the sale of liquor -- including compulsory closings on Sundays.
      Thomas was clerk of works when St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church was built on Douglas Street at Broughton Street in 1889. While establishing his business in Victoria, Brydon also took on work in the New Westminster area.
      His first taste of elected office came in 1899, when he was elected to Victoria council representing the North Ward. He served three one-year terms, serving as police commissioner in the final year.
      The Brydons lived for several years on North Road. In 1900, they bought 12 hectares on Glanford Avenue in Saanich, and developed it into one of the leading fruit farms in the region. Soon after moving his family to the farm, Brydon started working to have the area incorporated as a municipality. When his goal was achieved in 1906, Brydon became the first reeve. He ran as a Liberal for the provincial legislature in 1909, but lost to Conservative David McEwen Eberts.

      When Brydon died on Dec. 11, 1920, the Daily Colonist noted that his church activities had given him the greatest inspiration. Brydon had been involved in Sunday school work at St. Andrew's Church, the newspaper said, and taught a class of boys. Brydon was survived by his wife and their four children -- three sons and a daughter.
      (Copyright Times Colonist (Victoria) 2002)


      Thomas Brydon The first Reeve of Saanich
      Saanich News Mar 29, 2006
      by Valerie Green
      While Mayor Frank Leonard is busy in this centennial year attending the many events planned for the celebrations, 100 years ago, his counterpart the first Reeve (Mayor) Thomas Brydon, was just getting his feet wet in his brand new position as head of council.
      Brydon was a particularly community-minded man and had been more than a little enthusiastic at the turn of the century to see Saanich become a municipality.
      It was not surprising, therefore, that he was chosen as Saanich's first reeve and was sworn in to head the 1906 council.
      The ninth child born to Adam and Jane Brydon in Selkirk, Scotland, in 1857, Thomas grew up on a sheep farm where the family bred the hardy cheviot sheep that could survive the cold Scottish winters.
      When Thomas was quite young, three of his siblings were stricken with typhoid fever and, at the same time, disease hit all their livestock.
      With the farm no longer able to support them, the family dispersed and Thomas headed for Edinburgh to learn the trade of carpentry.
      He then went to London to find work and while there heard of the wonderful opportunities to be found in Canada.
      Being of an adventurous nature, he decided to try the new world but first returned to Edinburgh to persuade his sweetheart, Mary Ann Malcolm, to marry him and accompany him on this big adventure.
      The two young people were married in December of 1884 and then took the long sea voyage around Cape Horn travelling with only one trunk and a box of tools between them.
      Upon arrival in Victoria, they first lived on Pandora Avenue and later built a house on Denman Street where their four children were born between 1885 and 1894.
      Thomas was always a hard worker and when jobs were scarce in the building trade, he resorted to building coffins for Hayward's Funeral Home - a job that was never-ending.
      Thomas Brydon became 'clerk of works' when St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church was erected on Douglas and Broughton Streets in 1889 and later taught Sunday school there.
      He also took an interest in politics, especially civic affairs and from 1899 until 1909, serving on the Victoria council as well as being police commissioner for a year.
      One of his greatest interests was to try and better the sewer system in the city by studying the latest systems used in other cities.
      He brought this knowledge with him when he moved to Saanich in 1906, into the house known as Craigo Park Farm.
      The home was built on 30 acres of land Brydon purchased in 1900 between Mann and Glanford Avenues.
      He cleared and planted fruit trees on his acreage and soon his orchard was prospering.
      The same year he moved to Saanich, Brydon served a one-year term as Saanich's first reeve, after which Reeve Frederick Quick took over.
      Brydon kept himself very busy though. His orchard was selected by the Dominion entomological branch of the Department of Agriculture for an investigation into a special type of fruit infestation.
      Scientists worked at Brydon's orchard for two years on this project, after which Brydon was invited to tour the province giving lectures on their findings and on fruit culture in general.
      By 1912, the Brydons had built a larger home on Mann Avenue and it was there that Thomas Brydon passed away at the age of 64 in 1921.
      He was just the first of many interesting reeves and mayors who have served Saanich well through the years.

      Valerie Green is an author and long-time columnist for the Saanich News.
      (Copyright (c) 2006 Black Press Group Ltd.)

      Thomas brydon the first reeve of saanich. (2006, Mar 29). Saanich News, pp. 9-9. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/373083830?accountid=5705