Barrie Named for Sir Robert Barrie

Barrie, Ontario was a site first used as a British supply depot in the War of 1812. On incorporation in 1833, Sir Robert Barrie’s namesake became an independent city in what was then Upper Canada. Robert Barrie was born May 5, 1774, in St Augustine, Florida, to Dr. Robert Barrie of Sanquhar, Scotland, and Dorothea (Dolly) Gardner. His father died a year later, and in 1784, Dolly moved her family back to Preston, England. She soon married textile manufacturer George Clayton. On June 5, 1788, Barrie entered the Royal Navy…

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