Cragruie

Drummond Street, Montreal, Quebec

Built in the 1880s, for Duncan McIntyre (1834-1894) and his wife, Jane Allan Cassils. A native of Perthshire in Scotland, McIntyre became Vice-President of the Canadian Pacific Railway and founder of the Bell Telephone Company of Canada. Since 1874, he and his wife had been living in one half of the Shaughnessy House before building this home on an estate of 10-acres just below Mount Royal. "Cragruie" (or "Craigruie") took the place of an 8-room stone farmhouse in which Simon McTavish "The Old Lion of Montreal" had died in 1804 before he could see the completion of the legendary McTavish Mansion. The McIntyre property enjoyed an extensive frontage along Pine Avenue and Drummond Street, with a connecting right-of-way to Peel Street....

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Duncan McIntyre

Duncan McIntyre, of Montreal

1834-1894

Jane Allan Cassils

Mrs Jane Allan (Cassils) McIntyre

b.c.1835

Their castle was demolished by 1935, but the land remained under the ownership of the McIntyre family until 1947 when McIntyre's heirs (Mrs Archibald Hodgson, Mrs Lewis Reford, Mrs R.A. Snowball and Duncan McIntyre Hodgson) donated it to McGill University. The land became known as McIntyre Park and in 1966 the distinctive, circular McIntyre Medical Sciences Building was built there, which still stands today.

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Contributed by Mark Meredith on 02/07/2020 and last updated on 16/10/2020.

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