Welcome guest, is this your first visit?
Member
Discoveries
 
Results 1 to 4 of 4
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By Gypsy Heart

Thread: Wiarton's Hermit

« Prev Thread | Next Thread »
  1. #1
    hu
    Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust

    Nov 2005
    Ozarks
    12,689
    46 times

    Wiarton's Hermit



    A Scotsman named Robert Bruce, who escaped being numbered amongst the Crimean veteran's by deserting from the Scots Guards on the outbreak of war, has died at Wiarton, Ontario, where he has lived a hermit's life for many years.

    He appears to have been born on the Orkney Islands, and his age at this death is believed to have been 85 or 90, but no one was ever able to glean more than a minimum of information from him.

    When he first arrived in Canada, Bruce settled in Keppel Township in the woods near the present town of Wiarton. In the early years he worked at railway construction in the summer, always returning to live in what in now as Bruce's Caves for the winter. Possessing about 300 acres of land, he had in addition several thousand dollars in an Owen Sound bank. In spite of this fact, he spent several hard winters in the county jail, but always paid for his board. It was one of his peculiarities to bathe daily, the year through, in the open air, and he smoked a mixture of forest leaves.

    In the bottom of an old trunk after his death was found a fine suit of blue broadcloth, made by a Glasgow tailor, over fifty years ago. In this he was buried. As far as is known, the old man left no relatives.



    An article from the Daily Record and Mail (Toronto), March 24, 1908.


    TJE likes this.
    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

  2. #2
    ca
    Nov 2008
    30

    Re: Wiarton's Hermit

    Quote Originally Posted by Gypsy Heart
    and he smoked a mixture of forest leaves.
    Definately sounds like he adapted to the canadian way of life.
    "Only the insane have Strength enough to prosper,
         Only those who prosper Truly judge what is sane."

  3. #3
    ca
    Dec 2004
    Innisfil On Canada
    718
    28 times

    Re: Wiarton's Hermit

    Ya it tastes a lot better than rabbit fur! Particularly when rolled in 1950's vintage comic book paper..... Don't ask!!

  4. #4
    Charter Member
    ca
    Feb 2013
    Great Lakes
    1,060
    766 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by Gypsy Heart View Post
    A Scotsman named Robert Bruce, who escaped being numbered amongst the Crimean veteran's by deserting from the Scots Guards on the outbreak of war, has died at Wiarton, Ontario, where he has lived a hermit's life for many years.

    He appears to have been born on the Orkney Islands, and his age at this death is believed to have been 85 or 90, but no one was ever able to glean more than a minimum of information from him.

    When he first arrived in Canada, Bruce settled in Keppel Township in the woods near the present town of Wiarton. In the early years he worked at railway construction in the summer, always returning to live in what in now as Bruce's Caves for the winter. Possessing about 300 acres of land, he had in addition several thousand dollars in an Owen Sound bank. In spite of this fact, he spent several hard winters in the county jail, but always paid for his board. It was one of his peculiarities to bathe daily, the year through, in the open air, and he smoked a mixture of forest leaves.

    In the bottom of an old trunk after his death was found a fine suit of blue broadcloth, made by a Glasgow tailor, over fifty years ago. In this he was buried. As far as is known, the old man left no relatives.



    An article from the Daily Record and Mail (Toronto), March 24, 1908.

    This post was a real surprise in more ways then one!
    It is a small and coincidental world I must say!
    I am in Robert Bruces old stomping grounds alot! starting in early spring every year picking wild leeks and morals.
    Here is a pic I took last summer at The Bruce Caves.
    The beginning of this article happens to be where I was born and raised, Wiarton (not in the Bruce Caves),
    and the ending of this article happens to be where the two Lovely Ladies (fiance & daughter) standing at the entrance of the Bruce Caves are from..yup! Glasgow!
    Thanks Gypsy Heart, for the smile AND wonder!!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	HISTORICAL 'BRUCE CAVES'.jpg 
Views:	42 
Size:	52.8 KB 
ID:	756534  

 

 

Sponsors

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

hermit life ontario

,

orkney islands 1700's gold coins

,

robert bruce wiarton caves

,

robert bruce wiartons hermit

,

wiarton hermit

,

wiarton's hermit

Click on a term to search for related topics.
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.1.3