Touring Glengarry: Lochiel, Glen Sandfield, Dalkeith

It was not easy to leave Kirkhill, I was enjoying St. Columba and the Kirkhill United Churches but I had to move on.  I went east on  Hwy #24 to the Old Military Road and south to Lochiel.

The Sign post in Kirkhill

As I came up to Hwy #21 there was no sign of a church spire?  So I turned onto the Lochiel Road and went west. If that didn’t work I would go the other direction till I found the cemetery and church.

Within a few minutes I came past some trees and there was a beautiful old red house on the left with gables and a round window at the top.  On my right was the church. St. Alexander’s Catholic Church.

St. Alexander’s Catholic Church

The long walk to the church.  This church was different from all the others, it was made of wood not brick.

The church of St. Alexander’s

The cemetery was in the back of the church through a gate, which I almost thought was locked but it wasn’t. The church is beautiful from this angle.

The cemetery in the back of the church

An overview photograph of this cemetery.  I have more pictures and will post them when I finish this trip.

A bench is provided for reflection

UPDATE 7/9/2012:  Here is a link to more overview photographs of this cemetery with some McD* tombstones and more.

St. Alexander’s RC Church & Cemetery, Lochiel, Ontario

Hwy #21 goes east and west, I headed east and did the job in the road to Glen Sandfield Road which took me into Glen Sandfield.  I had to visit if briefly this hamlet because of the name “Sandfield.”  My grandfather was named Ronald Sandfield McDonald.   So far I have not been able to find a connection to the “Sandfields.”

Glen Sandfield

Hwy #21 meets Hwy #23 and I paused at the 4 corners of Glen Sandfield then I turned north.

Four corners in Glen Sandfield

I was soon in Dalkeith.

Entering Dalkeith

Over the hill is the Dalkeith Library a branch of the S.D.&G. County Libraries.  It was closed opening at 4 pm to 8 pm.  To late for me.  http://www.sdglibrary.ca/index.cfm?Title=LibBranchDalkeith

This library is the home of the Dalkeith Historical Society:  http://acorn2011.com/

The Dalkeith Library, a branch of S.D.& G. County Libraries

A beautiful meadow near Dalkeith.

A lovely view near Dalkeith

Dalkeith was the end of my Tour of Glengarry.  It was time to headed to Ottawa.  I only had two days left of my trip and the next day I wanted to visit one more archive in the Ottawa area.  The next day I would fly home.

About BJ MacDonald

Interested in travel, really into genealogy and researching my family history, classic novels and movies, fantasy and science fiction, photography, history and more... Apparently, my comments have been going to my cat blog rather than my genealogy blogs. I am attempting to fix the problem.
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2 Responses to Touring Glengarry: Lochiel, Glen Sandfield, Dalkeith

  1. Robert Heath says:

    St. Columba Church at Kirkhill is a Presbyterian church, not a United church. What you call highway #24, 23, and 21 are not highways but concession roads. I have relatives living in this area of Glengarry county.

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    • bonmac says:

      Robert: Thanks for stopping by. I am glad you have family there, I do not. I am aware that they are concession roads, but you have to remember I live in the USA on the other side of the continent, they are highways to us. My family came to Canada early 1800’s, but left for the United States in 1901 on my father’s side into Minnesota and on my mother’s in 1917 from Vancouver, B.C. So I was born in the US. I have to write from own perspective so forgive me if I don’t quite it it right. You misunderstand my lumping of the two churches I visited perhaps I should not have quite written that way, Oh Well! Fortunately I got a chance to go back in 2014 and see St. Columba, it is truly a wonderful place.

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