July 20th 1875
A Canadian Premier from Logierait
Memorial plaque in Logierait churchyard
His father, also Alexander, was a joiner (records refer to him as a 'wright' - a maker of things) by trade who died in 1836 in Dunkeld, and lies buried in Logierait churchyard *.
In 1842 Alexander Jnr. emigrated to Canada. Five years later, in 1847, his mother and seven brothers (three other brothers having died young) followed him.
They prospered, and no less than three of the sons became members of the Canadian Parliament, but none more so than Alexander.
He returned to visit Scotland in 1875 and enjoyed something of a triumphal tour. As the Perthshire
Advertiser put it. “His road lies literally paved with Addresses.”
Having got that off his chest he further delighted the gathering by proposing a toast in Gaelic to his native district. “Tir nam beann nan gleann s nan gaisgeach.” (Land of mountains, glens and heroes.)
By all accounts it was a very successful evening.