Goldie, John: 1793-1886. Correspondence

John Goldie: correspondence - [1945]
Originally created 1846-1854.

7 cm of textual records.

John Goldie (1793-1886), was born in Ayreshire, Scotland. He married Margaret Smith on June 18, 1815 and they had eight children: William, John, Elizabeth, James, Jane, Margaret, David and Mary. A botanist and plant collector, he travelled to Canada, New York State, the Maritimes and Russia and discovered species unknown at the time. In 1844 Goldie moved his family to Ontario, to a property which became known as Greenfield, near Ayr, where the family founded first a sawmill, and then a flour and oatmeal mill in 1848.

These letters are addressed to John Goldie's son James (1824-1912), who was working in New York at the time that they were written. James Goldie was the third son of John Goldie. He had moved to the United States in 1842, where he was employed as a gardener and was involved in the flour and lumber business. In 1860 he moved to Guelph, where he built the Speedvale Mill. He operated the mill until 1898, at which time it became the James Goldie Company, Ltd.


  • "Waterloo County Hall of Fame - Inductees G-I." _Region of Waterloo Website_. (14 April 2004),
  • "Historic Place Names of Waterloo County - Greenfield, North Dumfries Township." _Region of Waterloo Website_. (14 April 2004),
  • Bricker, I.C. "History of the Gowdy-Goldie-Goudie family." _Waterloo Historical Society_. 1938. 26: 20-37, and
  • Stuffling, Roger. "John Goldie, early Canadian botanist 1793-1886." _Waterloo Historical Society_. 1987. 75: 98-116.


Correspondence consists of typescripts of fifteen letters, fourteen from John Goldie to his son James written between 1846 and 1854, one undated from William to James.


  • Donated by Ed Phelps, University of Western Ontario, in 1988.
  • This file of letters came to the University of Waterloo from the University of Western Ontario. The typescripts had originally been sent by Theresa Goldie Faulkner to Dr. William Sherwood Fox, who passed them to Prof. Fred Landon.
  • Finding aid and list of correspondence available.
  • Correspondence is listed in the correspondence database.

Call number: GA 153