Home: Kingston Branch, UELAC
St. George's Cathedral
At the time of the American Revolution 1775-1783, many inhabitants of the thirteen colonies were loyal to the King, George III, and took up arms on Britain's behalf. During and at the conclusion of the War, most of these "loyalists" were forced to leave. Of these, some 40,000 or more came to what is now Canada, and over the following years, greatly influenced the character of much of our country.
In 1784, many Loyalists settled along the St. Lawrence River and the north shore of Lake Ontario, from Prince Edward County to near Montreal. Kingston was one of the main settlements in that line of new settlement.
In the 1884 centennial of their arrival, Loyalist celebrations were held across the province and proved to be the genesis of the Loyalists' Association of Ontario some years later. From that evolved the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada (UELAC), formally incorporated in 1914.
Kingston Branch (officially, "Kingston and District Branch") is one of twenty-seven branches across Canada, from Halifax to Victoria.
Kingston Branch and its activities are described on this site. Its objectives are:
|To unite together in good fellowship the descendants of those families who during the American Revolutionary War sacrificed their land, homes and belongings by retaining their loyalty to the British Crown.|
|To preserve the history of the Loyalists by collecting artifacts, publishing historical and genealogical books, and erecting monuments and memorials in Canada to perpetuate the memory of the United Empire Loyalists.|
|To seek out and preserve the final resting places of the Loyalists within Kingston and District area (Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Counties).|
|To increase public awareness of the Loyalist contribution to Canada by encouraging a stronger emphasis on Canadian, particularly Loyalist, history in the school system and by participating in projects that celebrate the memory of the United Empire Loyalists.|