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The editor/author of these books, Dr. Royce MacGillivray was a Professor in the History Department, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario Canada who retired in 1996.

Three Articles by Royce On aspects of Glengarry History.

Dictionary of Glengarry Biography

by Royce MacGillivray

glengarryGlengarry Biography, Special advance orders accepted until March 15, 2010 at The Glengarry News. $95 each. shipping is $15.00

By the eminent "Historian of Glengarry", Royce MacGillivray Author of " A History of Glengarry", "Bibliography of Glengarry County"

A comprehensive history of Glengarry County told through the lives of pioneers, fur traders, soldiers, farmers, railway barons, politicians, criminals; anybody and everybody who helped make Glengarry Canada's most storied and most celebrated county .

800 pages, 1,600 entries, 850,000 words, maps, hardcover.

Anyone with family connections in Glengarry County, anyone familiar with Glengarry, anyone interested in the history of Glengarry will want to own this remarkable book

Proudly published by the Glengarry Historical Society. Publication date April 15, 2010.

Special advance orders accepted until March 15, 2010 at The Glengarry News. $95 each. + $15.00 shipping

place your order with The Glengarry News, 3 Main Street S., Alexandria, Ont. K0C 1A0
Tel: 613-525-2020 - Fax: 613-525-3824 Email:

Orders may also be made by contacting Ranna Mogelon at

Dictionary of Glengarry Biography

Small county, big impact review of Dictionary of Glengarry Biography from Queen's Alumni Review

Biography of Glengarry table of contents Dictionary of Glengarry Biography subject index

Recent article on Royce MacGillivray by Scott Carmichael published in The Glengarry News, January 20, 2010, page A6

A review of the Dictionary of Glengarry Biography, by Kelly Egan, appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, Jan 12, 2011.


1979, by MacGillivray, co-authored with Ewan Ross, 2 printings of the History of Glengarry done, now out of print


History of Glengarry SOLD

OLTQ-021 thenewquerist The New Querist

by MacGillivray, 1983, No ISBN #, nor CIP, softcover, size 5.5 X 8.5, 46 pages, A book of Sayings, Example:- 3Would our literature and our scholarly books be better if the Canada Council had never existed.2 3What audience would hockey have if all the players were women?2 3In Canada, have we wanted to have universities that were good, or universities that looked good? There is a difference?2 This book takes its title from THE QUERIST [published 1735-1737] by Bishop George Berkeley.

OLHO-022 houseofontario, The House of Ontario

1983, BY ROYCE MACGILLIVRAY, ISBN 0-920474-31-4, CIP, SOFTCOVER, 6 X 9, illustrated, A COLLECTION OF SATIRES, SKETCHES AND IMAGINARY HISTORIES AMOUNTING TO A MYTHICAL HISTORY OF THE PREMIER PROVINCE OF CANADA, as First Settlers p. 7, The age of Confederation p. 35, Entrepreneurs p. 45, Old Characters p. 69, The Age of MacDonald and Laurier p. 81, The Two World Wars and the Depression p. 109, The Modern Age p. 135.

OLSA-093 slopesoftheandesSLOPES OF THE ANDES,

Four essays on the Rural Myth in Ontario, 1990, by Royce MacGillivray. ISBN 0-921341-44-X, no CIP, 191 pages, softcover Chapters include Sense of Community p.7; The Round of the Year p.69; From Pioneer to Farmer, Honour and Reviling p.97; The Uses of Education p. 145; Further Reading & Sources p. 189. THE SLOPES OF THE ANDES is a well written and often witty contribution to Canadian History & Literature. The book, which takes its title from Melville's "MOBY DICK", is an interpretation of the Ontario Rural Past in the form of four essays.In the first essay, the Author describes the Eastern Ontario Rural Community of his childhood as it appeared about 1950. Drawing upon the kind of insights and observations only possible to an insider, he depicts a traditional Ontario farming neighbourhood of mixed Highland Scottish and French Canadian ethnic origin with its own stern rules. The second essay describes the activities of the author's parents' farming household from January to December of a typical year - again about 1950. This is a depiction of the lost world of hay wagons and snow filled roads and the salt pork barrel in the cellar.The third essay is a scholarly enquiry into the respective roles of the pioneer and farmer in the forming of the Ontario mentality; how the Pioneer reached a new consciousness through his contract with the new land. The final essay is a series of reflections of Canadian life in the late 20th century, gaining its unity from the themes introduced in the preceding essays. The ideas and interpretations in the SLOPES OF THE ANDES will sometimes illuminate and sometime exasperate, but are certain to be the basis for much discussion.

Cat# 3123 sandy"SANDY FRASER ":

A Bibliography of the writings of John E. MCINTOSH, 1876-1948. in the FARMER'S ADVOCATE under the pen name of SANDY FRASER. ISBN 0-9695129-0-2, 1991, Edited by Royce MacGillivray, hardcover, size 8.5 X 11, Reproduced typescript with introduction, index, analyses of principal articles, and editorial material, 106 pages, LIMITED EDITION OF 150 COPIES.

Cost $25.00 Canadian + Shipping in Canada $10.00 total $35.00
Cost $25.00 Canadian + Shipping to the USA $15.00 total $40.00

Sandy Fraser Writings
A new book listing the writings of one of rural Canada's most Eloquent and best loved sons. John Everett McIntosh was a dairy farmer in Glengarry County, Ontario. During 40 years he wrote a much admired column in THE FARMER'S ADVOCATE under the pen name of "SANDY FRASER". Witty and incisive, McIntosh was a prose writer of remarkably high quality - perhaps the best anglo - Canadian prose writer of his generation - and an important but neglected thinker. In his writings he reported closely on the lives of the small struggling farmers of the province, in the harsh day - to - day work of the farm, the hard work and aspiring lives of the farm women. He chronicled the effect, year after year, on the farm community of the changes in technology, ideas, fashions, prices and politics. A cheese factory owner himself, he has left an immensely detailed record of the ONTARIO CHEDDAR CHEESE INDUSTRY and the old "CHEESE FACTORY CULTURE." The Sandy Fraser Columns for the 1930's contain an unparalleled portrait of the effect of the Great Depression on the small farmers of the province. Included also are many recollections of lumbering days in the Ottawa Valley and in Western Quebec, with many stories of pioneer life in the Highland Scots Settlement of Glengarry County. The present bibliography makes available to the researcher for the first time without a frustrating search through hundreds of back issues of the FARMER'S ADVOCATE the vast amount of first - hand reporting and the vast amount of "old time" historical information assembled in these columns. From now on no one can write the history of rural Ontarion or Canadian agriculture or farm women without taking the McIntosh writings into account. John Everett McIntosh's brother Douglas Clyde MacIntosh (who used a lightly different spelling of his surname) was a professor at Yale University and the author of books in theology and philosophy. His distinction as a thinker led to his inclusion in the DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY (Supplement four 1946 - 1950) The editor of the bibliography, Royce MacGillivray, is a Professor in the History Department, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario Canada


by Royce MacGillivray, softcover, 1985, ISBN 0-919303- 95-1, no CIP, 108 pages. As a part of the great Misaic that makes up the English speaking world, Ontario occupies a territory rich in agriculture, industry and natural resources, and is as large as many countries. This study attempts to show how the mentality of Ontario was formed. The 19th century immigration to Ontario, which was mostly from the United States and the British Isles, decisively shaped a basic OIntario character strong enough so that later immigrants have been content to discover and conform to it. Yet all have contributed their own share to the shaping of the Mind of Ontario.

OLGB-195 bibliography Bibliography of Glengarry County ,

1996 By Royce MacGillivray, ISBN 0-9680711-0-4, no CIP, published by the Glengarry Historical Society. There are 230 copies for sale of which about a 100 are sold. This work is as the title states a bibliography of works down by individuals, native to Glengarry or of Glengwarry descent as well as others. It is to be around 275 pages, 2 columns per page, hard cover and the approximately 3000 items [book, article, author names] are listed in a chronological year orderstarting from about 1750 to 1995. There is a full author name & Title index as well. Another good reference book on Glengarry & area. Contents consist of Maps p. vi, List of Abbrevations viii, Forward ix, Introduction xi. Acknowledgements xxix, Bibliography p. 3, Appendix A - Newspapers p. 191, Appendix B -Serial Publications p. 192, Appendix C - Angus H. MacDonell Columns p. 193, Appendix D - Historical Obituaries p. 196, Appendix E - G.C. McKillican Columns p. 202, Appendix F - Further Reading p. 207, Index p. 213.

Orders may also be made from The Glengarry Historical Society at


From the Glengarry News, Alexandria, Ontario , Wednesday, July 3. 1996, p.4 col. 1-2 County bibliography a masterful work

The "Bibliography of Glengarry County", the -astonishingly thorough work just released by the Glengarry Historical Society, has been billed as a book "published for the use of academic researchers dedicated students of Canadian studies." That may be its intent, but this book is interesting grist for the casual reader too. We highly recommend it. And it may be one of the most important published works on the history of this richly historic county, and thus deserves the support of every Glengarry family with connections to its past. That's because the bibliography assembled by author and university professor Royce MacGillivray -- points the reader to a couple of thousand sources, including this newspaper, where articles may be found relating to the county's past and more important, its people. Assmbled neatly and in handsome binding, it is the "book about the books" that, have written and compiled over the years about this piece of Canada The book begins with the year 1744 with reference to a letter of a description Of the Glengarry region of the St. Lawrence River in 1721, and ends in 1995 with mention of an article on Fraserfield House near St. Rapheal's. In between, there are roughly 2,800 bibliographic entries grouped by year, thus sustaining the historical narrative. In the back there are exhaustively-assembled appendices, abbreviations and an index that may Well double as a "Who's who" of Glengarry notables who have published works of any stature. At the same time, the book touches on obscure, yet legitimate, allusions to the county. Even Conrad Black, who has been in the headlines of late, gets a listing in the bibliography though he has no direct county connections (the listing comes from his association with John A. 'Bud' McDougald of the county family]. Interestinsigly, MacGillivray injects some interpretative license into the work. In a reference to an 1887 story which appeared in The Glengarrian headlined, 'Drowned. Thomas Clay Meets an Untimely Death in the Alexandria Mill Pond," he ponders the writer's motivations in so slowly telling the reader this, in fact; was a story about the death of a horse. "Was this splendidly written anonymous piece borrowed from elsewhere?' the author asks. "If so the adaptation to G1engarry County is brilliantly done. Probably some satire here on the Victorian obituaries. But most importantly, satire on the Glengarrians" For all of its thoroughness, however, the author at the end of the book's foreword, notes the ongoing disparity that exists. "'What work most needed to be written but evidently hasn't been?" he asks. "The answer is: a history of the Alexandria francophone community written from the inside." It is a pithy observation from an author Who knows the story of Glengarry better than any authority alive. This book is worth owning.


From the Winter 1996/97 issue of AM BRAIGHE

on page 12

Fascinating Bibliography of Glengarry County

Bibliography of Glengarry County, Royce MacGillivray, GIengarry Historical Society, 1996, ISBN 0-9680711 0-4.
Reviewed by Velma S. FrankIin

Very few authors would undertake a bibliography of a single .county and in particular a predominantly rural and underpopulated area of Canada. Royce MacGillivray has taken the abundant material of his native Glengarry and done just this. The result is not only a serious work of reference but, as David Anderson notes in his introduction, this is a book meant to be read from the beginning like any other interesting volume. Very few people would realize how much material there is in this historic old county. The layout is splendid: good clear type and emphatic black headings, easy to read, maps first -- so we know where we are -- and an excellent index. Over 2800 books and articles are noted and described. Most useful are the 20 pages of introductory notes at the beginning of. the book and the appendices at the end. These give the background and the historical context for the outpouring of information. The bibliographical material itself is arranged by years --. 1744 to 1995 --and this reinforces the chronology. There are several pages devoted to obituaries --- don't we all read them. They are an excellent source of historical data. These are arranged by profession: the cheesemakers, the prospectors, the miners, the railway builders, the shanty men and the athletes. The huge and continual exodus from the county has resulted in some amazing connections. Everybody has heard of Ralph Connor -- but what on earth has Irving Berlin got to do with Glengarry? His father in law's housekeeper came from Maxville (1928). Why the film Black Robe? The sunflowers used in this production came from a farm in Kenyon. The bibliography dwells a lot on farming. Royce points out that Highlanders on the whole were not interested in agriculture.and rarely made good farmers. This is a further development of his theories on agriculture in Ontario which he first published in his autobiography Slopes of the Andes. Royce is among the very few historians who fully recognizes the contribution made to the development of the country by ordinary labor, the working poor -- the chicken buyers. the peddlers, the hired men, the "Scotch" girls in the big houses in Montreal and especially the farm wives. They worked beside their men in days of unending drudgery and cruel hard labor. Sandy Fraser's material is noted for his recognition of the unending labor of the women. Cookbooks published in the county by various women's groups are listed --- another way of remembering. Royce mentions the social aspect of the cheese industry -- the daily neighboring trip to the factory with the milk -- while the women remained at home to do ''the washing up." The continual migration never ceased from a land where there were so few ways of staying and making a decent living. Besides the lumbering there were the, railways and canals to build and every fall the harvest excursions...and around 1900 the greatest migratian of all to better farm land in the Canadian west. The people worked and they observed and they remembered --and they wrote, "I came from Glen-garry" --- it's all here in this fascinating book.

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