Moss Park

Queen & Sherbourne Streets, Toronto, Ontario

Built 1827, for The Hon. William Allan (1772-1853) and his wife, Leah Tyrer Gamble (1790-1858). Allan came to Canada from Scotland and having made his fortune in banking named his mansion after the farm - Moss Farm - on which he was born near Huntly, Aberdeenshire. At that time in Toronto (when the city was still called York), in size and grandeur, Moss Park was rivalled only by the likes of The Grange. After Mrs Allan died, she left the house to their son, The Hon. George William Allan (1822-1901), 11th Mayor of Toronto, Speaker of the Canadian Senate and a great traveller who was subsequently elected as a member of the Royal Geographical Society in London. After his death in 1901, the grand old house was demolished to make way for urbanisation.  


Contributed by Mark Meredith on 20/10/2018 and last updated on 05/01/2020.


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