From: "A History of the Scotch Presbyterian Church, St. Gabriel Street, Montreal"
By Rev. Robert Campbell, Montreal 1887

Another name deserving of mention, as that of a once note-worthy citizen, is John Whitlawís. He was a native of Gifford, Scotland, and came to Montreal in 1816, and joined St. Gabriel Street Church that same year. He was a warm partizan of Dr. Blackís, and left St. Gabriel Street with the St. Paulís congregation. 

He was appointed a member of the city council in 1848, and remained a Councillor till 1852. That year he became an Alderman and continued so till the end of 1853. Mr. Whitlaw was a carpenter, and as such, filled many important contracts. His was one of the families from St. Paulís, helping to start St. Gabrielís in 1866. He died 22nd September, 1867.

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