A Short History of Perth 

Perth was founded in 1816 mostly by Scottish soldiers disbanded from the British Army sent to protect the region in the War of 1812. After the war the soldiers were given the option of returning home to Scotland or being given land and supplies in and around Perth.  Many chose to settle although they asked for some "lassies" to join them. English and Irish settlers also helped build a prosperous and proud new town with its relatively easy access to Ottawa over the Tay and Rideau Canals and the rough roads that were developed. The Scottish and Irish stonemasons who helped build the Rideau and Tay Canals also gave Perth its imposing buildings of local stone. Both them and the disbanded military men (officers and lower ranks) liked to drink, as did almost everyone in those days. Perth became the district capital in 1823 and the District Courthouse, District Gaol, Registry Office and many lawyer offices only increased the number of people frequenting the public houses and buying the products of the distilleries. Indeed by 1825 at least one Perth distillery produced a very decent malt whisky with many other competing brands of varying quality. Beer was also brewed and drunk in large quantities and Perth developed quite a notorious reputation. Perth resident and author, Larry D. Cotton, has written a series of books, entitled "Whiskey and Wickedness," and his Volume 2, on the Upper Rideau River Valley, details Perth's contribution. The book can be ordered by visiting the website reached through clicking the button below.

Perth also has the dubious distinction of hosting the last fatal duel fought in Canada in 1833. Naturally a locally brewed lager beer is named Last Duel. OPT volunteers have planted many saplings in the Last Duel Park where the duel was fought.

More information can be found by clicking the button below which will take you to the Perth & District Historical Society's website.