Saturday, September 3, 2016

Ogle Robert Gowan Plaque

The Ogle Robert Gowan plaque stands in Brockville, Ontario at the southeast corner of Court House Square and Court House Avenue, next to the north facing entrance of the building on the corner.



OGLE ROBERT GOWAN 1803-1876
A prominent provincial politician, Gowan was born in County
Wexford, Ireland. He came to Upper Canada in 1829
and immediately immersed himself in political affairs. Drawing
upon his experience with the Irish Orange Order, Gowan
established the Grand Orange Lodge of British North America
in 1830 and, as the first Canadian grand master, ably
guided the organization during its formative years. In 1836
he was elected to the Legislative Assembly, representing
this area intermittently until 1861. A shrewd strategist
and an effective oragor, he gradually broadened his influence,
using his newspaper, the "Brockville Statesman", to
promote his political views. Following his retirement from
provincial politics, Gowan continued to work for the retention
of strong ties with Britain, a cause he had upheld
throughout his career.
Erected by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Citizenship and Culture

OGLE ROBERT GOWAN 1803-1876
Politicien provincial très connu, Gowan naquit dans le comté
de Wexford, en Irlande. Venu au Haut-Canada en 1829, il
se lança immédiatement dans la politique. Son expérience
dans l'Ordre d'Orange irlandais lui permit de fonder en
1830 la Grande loge d'Orange d'Amerique du Nord britannique
qu'en tant que permier Grand maître canadien il guida
habilement au cours de ses premières années. Élu à l'Assemblée
législative en 1836, il représenta cette région jusqu'en
1861. Stratège et orateur habile, il étendit graduellement
son influence et propagea ses idées politiques grâce à son
journal, le "Brockville Statesman". Lorsqu'il quita la scène
politique provinciale, Gowan continua à oeuvrer pour conserver
de forts liens avec la Grande-Brtagne, cause qu'il
avait défendue tout au long de sa carrière.
Erigée par la Fondation du patrimoine ontarien, Ministère des Affaires civiques et culturelles