"Richard Guinn, a deceased, late of the Township of Brant, was a native of the County Monaghan, Ireland, where he was born in the year 1794. He became one of the pioneer settlers of the Township of Brant when there were but very few residents within its limits.
Mr. Guinn never took any active part in public or political affairs, but devoted himself assiduously to the pursuit of his private business. He was a very active church member, and connected prominently with all matters tending to forward the interests of religious and educational affairs. Though himself denied the advantages while young of such educational facilities as are afforded to the youth of our country now, he perfected himself, after growing to mature age, to such a degree as to teach others who were reared later, and consequently with superior advantages to himself; so that for years he performed the duties peculiar to the pulpit, and was widely known as a most effective lay preacher, and one of the most pious men and highly esteemed citizens of his adopted township."
Belden 1880 Atlas of the County of Bruce