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Hugh Cowan is a great-grandfather of John Fairley.
Rev. Hugh Cowan was a Presbyterian and later United Church
Minister in Canada as well an author, editor and historian. He wrote the local
history of Windsor-Essex County as well as Chatham and Kent County.
He was born May 20, 1867 in Bentinck, Grey County, Ontario. Hugh was the son of
John and Mary McLean Cowan. John was born in Oban, Scotland in 1828 and died in
Grey County on November 14, 1903. John and Mary are both buried in Owen Sound,
Hugh did his undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Arts at Manitoba College
(later the University of Manitoba) in 1893. He was earned a Master of Arts
degree at Knox College, Toronto, Ontario in the class of 1896 and Queen's
Theological College, Kingston, Ontario he graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity
in 1905. He was ordained by the Chatham Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of
Canada, August 17, 1897.
His church ministries included:
Pastor at Oakdale Presbyterian Church (North Dawn) now
Oakdale United Church and Rutherford Presbyterian Church, Dawn Center, both
located in Lambton County near Dresden, Ontario 1897-1900
St. Andrew's Church, North Easthope and Shakespeare,
Three point charge - St. Paul's Presbyterian Church,
Harwich, Ontario - Bethel Presbyterian Church, Mull Ontario - The Ridge
Presbyterian Church 1905-1913
Haynes Ave. Church (now Westminster United), St.
Catharines, Ontario 1914-1916
Chalmer's Presbyterian Church, Toronto 1919-1921
High Park Presbyterian Church, Toronto 1922
He then served the United Church of Canada beginning in
Minister at Bethel United Church near Chatham, Ontario,
Pastor at MacLennan, Desbarats and Portlock near Sault
Ste. Marie 1931-1934
Sault Suburban Church area charge in Sault Ste. Marie
Hugh Cowan was also an author, editor and historian.
Among his works:
Mer Douce Volume 1 The Story of Ontario by The Algonquin Historical Society
La Cloche. The Story of Hector MacLeod and His Misadventures in the Georgian Bay
and the La Cloche Districts published by The Algonquin Historical Society of
Canada in Toronto in 1928. This was an adventure novel set in the area north of
Georgian Bay in the early 1800s.
The Detroit River District. [Canadian Achievement in the Province of Ontario)
published by The Algonquin Historical Society of Canada in Toronto in 1929. This
book is now in print again and is available on Amazon and elsewhere under the
title - Ontario and the Detroit Frontier 1701-1814 as part of the Bi-Centennial
of the War of 1812.
Canadian achievements of Kent County by Rev. Hugh Cowan
Gold and silver jubilee, Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, incorporated a town, 1887, a
city, 1912; year book, 1937
The Great Drama of Human Life 1937 is a book on major themes
in Christianity including the love of God, heaven and hell and changes to
Christian thought over the first half of the 20th Century. It is now available
again on Amazon.com.
He was married to Jean Eloise Wood in London, Ontario on October 31, 1899.
Together they had 9 children including James A. Cowan.
He died at his beloved Owen Sound, Ontario April 19, 1943 at
the age of 73.