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James Weir Farm House
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2007
A Scarborough Historical Society plaque attached to this 156-year-old building (as of 2017) at 1021 Tapscott Road has this to say:
Coordinates: 43.824186 -79.241949
James Weir (1814-1897) came to Scarborough in 1833 from Lesmahagow Parish, Scotland. A staunch loyalist, he assisted in the dispersion of the rebels under William Lyon Mackenzie in 1837. He was an expert curler and, as one of the "Wully Draigles", competed in the celebrated Scarborough-Toronto bonspiels of the 1830's held on Toronto Bay. For several years he was a partner in a land-clearing enterprise and finally settled on this property in 1840.
Here he raised a family of 13 children, although three died in infancy. He was a successful farmer, livestock importer and ploughman. In time he became one of Scarborough's wealthiest landowners.
In 1861 he erected this fine fieldstone house ornamented with lintels and quoins of Kingston limestone.
In 1975 the house was moved west about 122 m to this site and restored by Runnymede Development Corporation Ltd.
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