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The Collection

The Nor’Westers and Loyalist Museum is the home to many artifacts, preserved to enrich the interpretation of the United Empire Loyalists and the Glengarry Partners of the North West Company. We strive to increase the accessibility to our collection for researchers and curious folk alike. The staff and volunteers of the NLM have been working hard to digitize and upload our collection to the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) database, Artefacts Canada.

Beginning in 2011, the Nor’Westers and Loyalist Museum and the Glengarry Pioneer Museum  worked together to submit and receive joint funding for a project to digitize at least 300 archival items at each museum and make them accessible online. The overall goal was to improve accessibility to the archival collection of documents, books, maps and photographs of the two museums. Both the GPM and the NLM have continued this project into the present.

You can search the NLM’s collection database by clicking on the Artefacts Canada icon on the left.

Collection Highlights

We will be posting Collection Highlights every two weeks, to showcase items in our collection and provide research material online. If you have a favourite artifact in the museum and would like us to write a blog post on it, send us an email to We will do our best to satisfy your requests.

Collection Highlights are posted below in blog post format.

Photograph of John A. “Cariboo” Cameron and Company

John A. Cameron, better known as “Cariboo Cameron”, was born September 1st, 1820 in Charlottenburgh Township to parents Angus Cameron and Isabella McDougal. In the 1850’s, Cameron was in California working as a gold prospector. Soon later, he returned to Glengarry County before making his way to the Cariboo in British Columbia, with his wife […]

Marie MacKenzie’s Bible

Sir Alexander Mackenzie was born at Stornoway, Ilsle of Lewis, Scotland in 1764. Mackenzie’s father Kenneth and his uncle John made their way to New York colony not long before the American Revolution began. During the war, they served as loyalists in the King’s Royal Regiment of New York. Because of the war, Alexander was […]

Royal Canadian Volunteers Flag

This flag is the King’s Colour, Second Battalion, Royal Canadian Volunteers flag which was raised in 1794 and disbanded in 1802. This is the first known flag to reference Canada as a political entity and to use the “Royal” designation in reference to a Canadian military regiment. This is most likely the oldest surviving flag […]

India Pattern Musket

 During the American Revolution, muskets, their attached bayonets, and cannons were the primary weapons supplied. The British Land Patterned muskets, nicknamed “Brown Bess”, were introduced in 1722 and produced into the 1860s. Other weapons were available such as rifles and pistols, but muskets were preferred because they were more convenient due to how quickly they […]


    The Daguerreotype was invented by French scene painter for the opera Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre. Daguerreotypes are greatly detailed images produced on a sheet of copper plated with a thin coat of silver and without the use of a negative. Daguerre partnered up with Joseph Niépce , the man responsible for producing the first known […]

Collection Highlight – Thomas Ross Tombstone

The tombstone reads, “In memory of Thomas Ross of Lancaster, a native of Kincardine, Rosshire, Scotland, who died/departed this life the 22 July 1794, aged 78 years, and Isabella Ross his wife who departed this life the 24 Sept. 1817, aged 74 years. This stone is erected by their affectionate sons Donald, Alex., John and […]