Daniel McLachlin was born in 1809 at St. Andrew's East, Rigaud Township, and by 1837 had built a sawmill and gristmill at Chaudiere Falls, Bytown. McLachlin bought 400 acres of property in Arnprior during 1851 and thus began a successful enterprise in which McLachlin was foremost known for his involvement in the timber trade. McLachlin had a hand in many facets of the Arnprior community and is generally regarded as the person who contributed the most to Arnprior's growth in the nineteenth century.
Donated by Pat Hall (a descendant of Daniel McLachlin) in 1993.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of 30 letters to and from Daniel McLachlin concerning both personal and business matters. See item level records for descriptions of letter content.
Letter from D. Barham[?]. -- March 1854. -- 1 letter.
Letter concerning emigration of grandmother in 1802 from Fort William, Inverness. Died January 13, 1854 at 84 years of age.
Letter from Sarah McLachlin. -- June 23, 1856. -- 1 letter.
Letter from Daniel's sister Sarah, writing from Breadalborne [Breadalbane?].
Letter to Mrs. Dart or Fitzsimmons. -- letter copied March 8, 1858. -- 1 letter.
Copy of a letter sent by Daniel McLachlin to the addressee. Letter also has the date 1857.
Letter from William Bredon. -- April 7, 1857. -- 1 letter.
Letter concerns a father’s concern for his missing son who he fears was killed in a log run.
Letter from James Wilson. -- September 6, 1848. -- 1 letter.
Wilson was writing from the Bytown jail for bail money.
Letter from Mr. Dawson. -- June 4, 8 and August 25, 1864. -- 3 letters.
Letters concern ownership of some islands located on the Madawaska River.
Letter from Thomas Johnston. - February 14, 1860. -- 1 letter.
Letter to Daniel McLachlin concerning his nephew Hugh McLachlin being arrested and then escaping custody. He is now considered an escaped felon.
Letter from Rev. H.J. Borthwick. -- June 18, July 1, 17, 1861. -- 3 letters.
Letters concerning the terms for payments for boarding Daniel's son Daniel Jr. July 1, 1861 letter contains Daniel Jr's report card.
Letters from Joseph Braithwaite. -- 1854-1859. -- 8 letters.
Letters to Daniel McLachlin concerning the schooling of his sons John and Hugh in Chambly, Quebec. Letters also contain report cards for son Hugh.
Letter from Alex McLachlin. -- October 29, 1842. -- 1 letter.
Letter to Daniel McLachlin from his brother Alex concerning the purchase of horses.
Unknown signature on letter. -- April 11, March 14, 1843. -- 2 letter.
A letter sent to Daniel McLachlin protesting a note. Signature is very difficult to decipher.
Letter from Nathaniel Burwash. -- June 26, 1843. -- 1 letter.
Letter written to Daniel McLachlin in Quebec where he was engaged in loading squared timber. Letter also mentions a smut machine. Nathaniel Burwash was a councillor in Bytown in the 1850's, he was also a lumber merchant.
Letter from Nathaniel Burwash. -- July 5, 1843. -- 1 letter.
Letter to Daniel McLachlin concerning the mast issue.
Letter from D. McCallum. -- October 10, 1843. -- 1 letter.
A letter from shanty man S. McCallum written from Hooker's Creek near Pembroke regarding canoes and supplies.
Letter to E. Corthandle. -- February 3, 1848. -- 1 letter.
Letter from Daniel McLachlin with an account sheet for debts.
Letter from Nathaniel Burwash. -- February 7, 1846. -- 1 letter.
Letter to Daniel McLachlin concerning a M. Wordsworth trespassing and taking timber off Daniel McLachlin's land.
Letter from the Crown Land Department. -- February 11, 1848. -- 1 letter.
A letter from the Crown Land Department refusing to specify why a particular decision was made. Letter was written by John Macdonald who answered McLachlin's question in a very curt response.
1 col. Brooch presented to Mrs. Daniel
McLachlin in 1860 by the
Prince of Wales 1994
Brooch is in the Arnprior Museum
There is a poem or song called “The Old Shantyman” in the Arnprior Watchman of May 23, 1919, page 6 (Reel N 584).
See also Arnprior and District Museum Collection, 93-0005
See also Daniel McLachlin (Texas) fonds for more similar letters from this time period.
Daniel McLachlin of Houston Texas, is the only son of Hugh Frederick McLachlin and Jean Alexander McLachlin of Arnprior. Hugh was the eldest son of Daniel McLachlin who was born at the “Hill” in 1881 and was active in running the McLachlin Brothers Lumber mills in Arnprior.
Daniel McLachlin donated this material in 1999. The caricature was donated in 2008. Further material was donated in 2011.
Scope and Content
The Daniel McLachlin fonds consists of photographic and textual records related to the lumber mills and life in the lumber camps at the turn of century. Two family history charts and photocopied books and articles about the history of Arnprior and lumbering are also included in this fonds.
1. McLachlin Brothers Photograph Album - , photographer unknown (top of shelf H)
25 pages containing 40 B&W photographs with captions depicting the various shops, yards and operations of the lumber mills including several views of No. 3 and 4 mills.
2. Life in The Lumber Camps of McLachlin Brothers Arnprior, Ontario - 
Typed manuscript of Charles Macnamara’s. Original Closed due to conservation. Use photocopy in Reading Room. The manuscript contains recollections and impressions of life in McLachlin camps as he documented shantymen during his employment as a clerk with the lumber company. The typewritten manuscript dates from 1940, but the original photographs were taken between 1899 and 1903. The prints contained in the manuscript were taken from the original glass plate negatives and probably date from the 1940’s.
3. Photocopied articles from various sources - 1960-1975
See file for handwritten index to the photocopied books and articles by Bernie Bedore, Harry J. Walker, Frank H. Cooney, T.C. Mulvihill, among others contained in this file.
4. Miscellaneous Documents - [1970, 2011]
a)The two large family charts in this file are copies of the original prepared by Hugh F. McLachlin. Chart No. 1 contains basic information pertaining to the first three generations of McLachlans (sic) of Canada. A note on this chart informs the reader that Daniel McLachlin (1809 - 1872) changed the spelling from McLachlan to McLachlin. Chart No. 2 lists the 4th to 7th generations and ends with births and deaths in the mid 1970’s.
b) Photocopy of an 1866 Testimonial Letter to Daniel McLachlin. The original document was presented to Daniel McLachlin along with silver goblets and plate (now at the Arnprior & District Museum) as an expression of respect and gratitude by certain prominent citizens on behalf of the inhabitants of Arnprior and vicinity. The testimonial describes how Mr. McLachlin had made “liberal expenditures of your wealth in public improvements, coupled with a judicious disposition of the land, you laid the foundation of the Village, which has since attained a degree of prosperity unsurpassed, if even equalled by any other place in the Province.”
c) "Arnprior Reflections" notes by Daniel McLachlin on various family remembrances.
5. McLachlin II Album - 1842-1993
Album contains photographs and information pertaining to: Arnprior, McLachlin Mills, Printings (various topics and sources of Arnprior history), Clippings from the Arnprior Chronicle and Ottawa Journal articles by Harry Walker about Chief McNab, “the Hill”, Sand Point etc.
Album also contained an envelope of correspondence between Daniel McLachlin (1809 - 1872). There are 22 letters dated 1842-1894. The envelope and its contents were separated from the rest of the album into its own file.
6. Caricature of Daniel McLachlin (colour pastel on cardboard) circa 1940 which was passed on to Daniel McLachlin from his father Hugh.
7. Family album. Some digital copies available.
Life in The Lumber Camps of McLachlin Brothers Arnprior, Ontario - Researchers must consult bound reference copy available with outreach material in reading room.
See also: Arnprior District Museum collection, Accession #1993-0005
See also: Daniel McLachlin fonds, Accession #1993-0011
Folder “F” McLachlin Brothers Mills in the Outreach Kit contained in the reading room.
A copy of the finding aid for the Charles Macnamara collection at the Archives of Ontario is also available for researchers.
See also: Hobbs Family fonds 1999-0115
A letter discussing the number of teams Daniel McLachlin wanted from Robert Thompson. Alex McLachlin requests an immediate response as to whether Daniel wanted as many as four teams, which Thompson stated was the number given to him.