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Baddeck in Victoria County, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

William Kidston

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 7, 2014
1. William Kidston Marker
Inscription. arrived in Baddeck in 1835. It is believed he was sent from Halifax by the executors of the estate of the late James Duffus in order to settle up his business affairs. Young Mr. Kidston, it is said, fell “madly in love” with the widow Duffus & they were married in 1836. The Kidstons had three children, William Jr., Isabella, and Archibald.

It was William Kidston who made the Village of Baddeck. He had all the property surveyed and divided into building lots which he sold as the people began to settle here. He advocated for the separation of the county whereby, Victoria County was created in 1851 (previously a part of Cape Breton County), he provided a site for a court house & jail, the property for Greenwood Church, and also, a lot of land for the site of the Masonic Lodge.

In 1840, he moved his business from the island & established new quarters along the waterfront of the mainland along with building a new residence.

The island has had four names. It was first known as Mutton Island, then Duke of Kent Island, thirdly Duffus Island & finally Kidston Island, the name it still bears.
 
Location. 46° 5.999′ N, 60° 45.116′ W. Marker is in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, in Victoria County. Marker is on Chebucto Street (Nova Scotia
William Kidston Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 7, 2014
2. William Kidston Marker
Route 205) just from Queen Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 490 Chebucto Street, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 18 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Aeroplane Flight (within shouting distance of this marker); Home and School Movement (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); History of Baddeck (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Park (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); The First Airplane Flight in Canada (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Alexander Graham Bell (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Reverend Norman McLeod (approx. 16.9 kilometers away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is in front of the Baddeck Post Office.
 
Also see . . .  William Kidston (Canadian politician) - Wikipedia. William Kidston (February 11, 1816 – 1882) was a merchant and political figure in Nova Scotia, Canada. He represented Victoria County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1867 to 1871 as a Liberal member. (Submitted on December 31, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 31, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 234 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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