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Fairknowe Home, Brockville
Glasgow shoemaker William Quarrier, founder of the Orphan Homes of Scotland at Bridge of Weir, opens his own Canadian receiving home, 'Fairknowe', at Brockville, Ontario. Quarriers Homes sends more than 7,000 Scottish children to Canada from 1871-1938. Quarrier’s first shipment of children left in 1872 for Annie MacPherson’s Homes. In 1888 William Quarrier purchased the home in Brockville, Ontario to be used as the receiving Home for his children. Prior to 1888 his children who came through Marchmount are often mistakenly thought to be MacPherson children.
In 1897 an Act of Parliament was passed which was enacted to protect Canadian's from certain classes of children. Members of Parliament were concerned that ""Canada was being made a dumping ground for a very undesirable class of immigrants" and proposed a "vigorous immigration policy" that would limit immigration "to the right class — of good character and not destitute". William Quarrier took offence to this legislation and discontinued bringing children to Canada.
William Quarrier himself would never bring children to Canada again, he passed away in 1903. After his death, his daughters Agnes Quarrier Burges and Mary Quarrier began sending children once again to Fairknowe in Brockville. Immigration ceased in 1938.
Information on Quarriers including photos and free downloads of their newsletters (often containing the immigration photos of the parties of children) is found at: