Toronto's Historical Plaques
2004 - Now in our 10th Year - 2014
The Thomson Settlement
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted March, 2004
In this park at 1007 Brimley Road a bit north of Lawrence Avenue is this Ontario Heritage Trust plaque near the parking lot. Here's what it says:
Plaque coordinates: 43.757733 -79.25495
The first permanent resident in Scarborough Township was David Thomson, a Scot who came to Upper Canada with his brother Andrew in 1796. Each was granted 160 ha and David built a log cabin on his property that year. He was soon joined by other settlers, including his brothers Andrew and Archibald. The Thomsons, who were stone masons, worked on the first Parliament Buildings at York (Toronto). A road connecting the settlement with York was opened by 1799, and a sawmill was built by each of the brothers. A Presbyterian church, the first in the township, was built in 1819 on David's land and became the centre of the prospering "Thomson Settlement".
> Posted March 30, 2011
Hi. I was wondering if anyone has any information on Robert Davidson born in 1844, who is buried at the Thompson park cemetery.
> Posted March 18, 2010
I have historical documentation re; Thomson Family Northeasthope Township Perth County in abundance. Please respond as this is family history. I am hoping to find some sort of connection with a Adam Thomson. Thank you. This info I have dates back to the late 1800s
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