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John Gouinlock

John Gouinlock

Male 1787 - 1868  (81 years)

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  • Name John Gouinlock 
    Born 1787  Greenhill, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Interesting education 
    Name John Gowinlock 
    Occupation Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    teacher 
    Residence 1813  Bishop-Wearmouth, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-63112 
    Died 13 Sep 1868  Brantford, Brant Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Pioneer Pergola Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I63112  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Father Gouinlock,   b. CA 1750,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F56410  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hannah Colledge,   b. 1785, of, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1858  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 13 Feb 1813  Bishop-Wearmouth, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. John Gouinlock,   b. 1813, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Elizabeth Ann "Ann" Gouinlock,   b. 6 Jan 1816, Hexham, , Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Walter Gouinlock,   b. 15 Mar 1819, Newcastle upon Tyne, , Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. George Gouinlock,   b. 1821, of, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1835, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 14 years)
     5. Mary Gouinlock,   b. 21 Dec 1822, Newcastle upon Tyne, , Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Elizabeth Gouinlock,   b. 1831, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F35235  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - teacher - - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1813 - Bishop-Wearmouth, Durham, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Feb 1813 - Bishop-Wearmouth, Durham, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Sep 1868 - Brantford, Brant Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Pioneer Pergola Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    John Gouinlock
    John Gouinlock
    from Cambridge Archives

  • Notes 
    • The men who took the most prominent part in organizing the first library in the village were: Rev. Dr. Bayne, Alexander Burnet, James Cowan, John Gowinlock, William Trotter, H. G. Barlow, James Harris, Andrew Elliott, Francis McElroy, Francis Hogg, Andrew Moscrip and Walter H. Benn. These men have long since passed away, but they all did good work in their day in laying the foundations of a progressive and moral community; to the older generation of Galtonians their names call up a crowd of memories of the days that are no more.

      First Annual Report of the Waterloo Historical Society, Berlin 1913, pg 17

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      The old rough-cast school-house at the head of Main Street was erected in 1832. Its first teacher was Mr. James Milroy, who removed to Iowa in 1856, and the second, Mr. William McColl, who taught until Rebellion times. With this school, however, must ever be associated the name of Mr. John Gowinlock, who was its sole teacher for many years. He was an excellent specimen of the old-fashioned dominie, before the days of County Boards and periodical examination!. His teaching was eminently practical. He knew what the birch was for, and he applied it. He frittered away no time on physiology, botany, or philosophical abstractions. He professed to teach the three R's, and he did it, and did it well.

      It is not a little singular, notwithstanding the immense superiority claimed for our schools of today, that many of Mr. Gowinlock's scholars compare in point of education very favourably with those turned out under our much-vaunted modern system? May the secret of this not lie in the fact, that whilst the attention of scholars in those days was strictly centered upon the essential requisites of education, their studies are now so numerous and diffuse, as to prevent that mastery of each subject, without which instruction is of little practical use, and readily passes from the memory?


      Reminiscences of the Early History of Galt and the Settlement of Dumfries in the Province of Ontario, by James Young pg 90

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      John Gouinlock was born in Greenhill, Scotland. He was an educator along with his brother George ran one of the leading schools in Edinburgh. He came to Canada in the late 1820`s and was Galt`s teacher as early as 1827. He had a log home on Blair Road about two miles from Galt. In 1832 a roughcast schoolhouse was built at the intersection of Wellington and Main streets. He left a lasting impression on his students and applied a strict discipline in the school freely using the strap. He was one of the first members of the Galt Subscription and Circulating Library in 1836. He resigned from teaching at the school in 1845 and died in Brantford.


      Cambridge Mosaic , Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge [abbreviated snippet from original text in book]

  • Sources 
    1. [S530] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Pioneer Pergola (formerly St. Andrews Presbyterian) CC#4488 Internet Link.
      Gone home/ John Gouinlock/ Died/ Sept 13 1868/ aged 80 yrs/ Also/ Hannah/ his wife/ died Sep 30 1858/ aged 72 yrs/ Also George their son/ Died/ June 10 1835/ AE 13 yrs

    2. [S1803] England, Marriages, 1538-1973, Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M01854-2, System Origin: England-EASy, GS Film number: 1514547, Reference ID: item 1 p 4.
      John Gouinlock married Hannah Colledge 13 Feb 1813 Bishop- Wearmouth, Durham, England