"James Reekie, deceased, late of the Township of Brock, but for a short time, during the days of its early settlement, a resident of the Township of Kincardine, was a native of Dundee, Scotland, where he was born in 1i96. He served for several yean, when a mere lad, in the British navy, from which he was released at the age of nineteen, when he came to Canada, as a member of a regiment of British regulars, and served a number of years in the Kingston garrison. On the reduction of the army, after the peace which followed the Napoleonic wars, Mr. Reekie received his discharge, and a grant of land in the Township of Brock, on which he settled and reared a family of thirteen children, of whom twelve are still surviving.
In 1854 he came to Bruce, and settled in the Township of Kincardine. He did not long remain here, however, returning to his old home in Brock, where he remained till his death. He was one of the pioneers of that township, had lived in it for sixty years, and was one of the most highly respected members of the community while he lived, and most deeply lamented when called to his rest. He has a very large progeny, including among the number many of the most substantial men in Brock as well as in Kincardine, where several of the sons settled, one of them having represented the latter township in the County Council for many years."
Belden 1880 Atlas of the County of Bruce