Biography of Rev. Arthur Mulholland, H. R.,

Arthur Hill Ringland Mulholland, Rector of St. George’s Church, Owen Sound, and Canon of the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, London, was born in the County of Down, Ireland, June 18, 1828. His father, John Mulholland, was a linen merchant, and his grandfather, same name, was a clergyman of the Church of England. The name of his mother, before her marriage, was Winifred Ringland, also a native of Ireland. Our subject was educated at Foyle College, Londonderry, Ireland; immigrated to Canada in 1849; was ordained to the Christian ministry by Bishop Strachan, of Toronto; came directly to Owen Sound as a missionary for the County of Grey, and held that position for several years. It being a frontier county and before the day of railroads in this part of the Province, his travels were extensive and hard, but he never abandoned the field nor failed to attend to its spiritual wants so far as one man could do it. He was Rural Dean for twenty years or more, being appointed meantime to the rectory of St. George, Owen Sound. He was made Canon in the Spring of 1879. He is a very hard worker, a brilliant writer, and scholarly and eloquent preacher, sound in the faith and strong in its defense.

Canon Mulholland has been Chairman of the Town Board of Education for nearly a quarter of a century; has labored untiringly to elevate the standard of the schools, and with a few coworkers has succeeded admirably in this noble work. At the time of writing this sketch a large and substantial High School building, constructed of brick, and to be finished with the modern improvements for seating, heating and ventilating, is approaching completion the result of plans by the School Board, backed by public spirited citizens. The Owen Sound schools are of a very high grade of excellence, owing in a large measure to the efforts of a few such men as Canon Mulholland.

In July, 1846, he married Miss Jane Scott Smith, of Dublin, and they have had six children, all yet living but one son.



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  1. Nathaniel and Elizabeth would become prominent citizens of Derby township, especially their immediate area, that became known as Barbertown. In the summer of 1851, Nathaniel presented Bishop John Strachan, of the Anglican Church, Toronto Diocese, a deed for 3/4 of an acre of his property, close to the southeast corner. This property was donated for the purpose of a Church and Cemetery, to look after the spiritual requirements of the community.

    Up to the point of constructing the Church, regular services were held at the home of their neighbour Fleming Lyttle. Mr. Lyttle being in that trade was given the go ahead to build the Church, with his payment coming in the form of three installments. Finally the day arrived, the first service in the new church, and the congregation was out in full. Reverend Arthur H. Mulholland rode his horse, from his residence in Owen Sound, to site of the service, tied his horse and walked through the bush to St. James. Much to his dismay, the people of the Church were gathered outside, and the door was locked, as Mr. Lyttle had not yet received his final payment. Reverend Mulholland spoke of this ill deed cursing the hand of the man who had locked the door. Not long after a neighbour, having not seen Mr. Lyttle for some time, went to his home, and discovered him dying of blood poisoning from a severe cut to his right hand. Figuring that it was punishment for his locking the door, Mr. Lyttle expressed a desire to return the payment to the church, and asked that he be buried in the adjoining cemetery to show that he had been atoned.

    I am hoping to possibly find a photo of Rev AH Mulholland for my Family History

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