Hugh Brodie*

From "Montreal History and Gazeteer  to the year 1892"
By Rev. J. Douglas Borthwick,  John Lovell & Son, Montreal 1892
The Canadian Album - Men of Canada or Success by Example (1894)
Ed. Rev. Wm. Cochrane, Bradley, Garretson & Co., Brantford Ontario, 1894

The grandfather of this well-know Citizen, Hugh Brodie, Notary, the subject of this sketch, also named Hugh Brodie, was born in Lochwinnoch, Ayreshire, Scotland, in the year 1780. After coming to Canada, he resided sometime at Chambly, afterwards with Mr. Lilly of the Gale Farm, and latterly for many years at Coteau St. Pierre on his own farm and property, where he devoted himself to agriculture. He became such a famous farmer and agriculturalist that his fame spread far beyond Montreal,----it extended to all Canada and the Northern States of America. He was several times appointed a Judge at the New York State Exhibitions. He is remembered by hundreds to this day from the kind sympathy and counsel he gave them when they first landed in Canada. His French Canadian neighbour farmers looked to him as a pattern which  they  tried to follow.  He died at Coteau St. Pierre in 1852.  His two sons, Hugh Brodie and Robert Brodie, were both successful farmers and highly respected members of the community. They are now both dead some time.

Hugh Brodie, Notary Public, grandson of the above, was born on the 24th April, 1842, at what was then known as Tanneries des Rollands, now the Town of St. Henri, close to the city, on the spot where is now erected the Roman Catholic Presbytery.   His  parents  were Hugh Brodie and Amelia Ogilvie. The former was a trooper in the old Lachine Cavalry, and served during the rebellion of 1837-38, while his mother was the daughter of the late Archibald Ogilvie, who also served during that rebellion. He was sent to the village school when not quite five years of age. He continued there until sent in 1855 to what is known as Smith's school in College Street.   He afterwards attended the Lower Canada College until 1858, when he entered the office of the late William Easton N.P., remaining there till February 1859.   He then entered the office of the late well-known notary, James Smith, to whom he was articled, and was admitted to the practice of the profession on the 15th February, 1864.  He has practiced ever since in this city. Before being  admitted  to  practice he was  unanimously  chosen Secretary-Treasurer of  the county  of   Hochelaga Agricultural Society, a postion which he still holds to this day, and interests himself much in the advancement of agriculture and encouragement of the poorer classes of farmers, to whom he has always proved a good friend. He is also a member of the A.F. & A.M., the A.O.U.W., the I.O.F., and a life member of the Caledonia Society of Montreal.

He married, in 1867, Christina Christie of  Meaford, Ontario, eldest daughter of the late Peter Christie, Esq., who formerly resided at Niagara, and a grandniece of the late William Christie, the well-known chandler of Montreal. Their family consists of three sons and two daughters.

*Researching Hugh Brodie........Patty Brown  (1st cousin 4 times removed of his wife Christina Christie)

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