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Sir Guy Carleton Branch
— Ottawa, ON —
United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada

Announcement Regarding Certificate Applications

To all members of the Sir Guy Carleton Branch, and others, who are in the process of applying for a United Empire Loyalist certificate, or who wish to apply for a certificate, the Branch has been experiencing some difficulty processing certificate applications for the past several months. We apologize for the confusion. Please do not contact our Genealogist directly. All questions regarding certificates should be sent directly to the Branch either by mail (address below) or to the Branch e-mail address, carletonuel(at)hotmail(dot)com. (replace "(at)" with the at symbol "@" and "(dot)" with a period ".").

The mailing address is as follows:

Sir Guy Carleton Branch
P.O. Box 5104
19 Colonnade Rd.
Nepean, ON
K2C 3H5

Our Mission

To preserve, promote and celebrate the history and contributions of the Loyalists to Canada. The Branch carries out this mission by supporting education and research, holding events, publishing a newsletter, and maintaining a Loyalist library.

Learn more about us – read the history of Sir Guy Carleton Branch.

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Sir Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester

Sir Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester

Sir Guy Carleton

The Ottawa Branch of the UELAC is named the Sir Guy Carleton Branch after Lord Dorchester (1724-1808). It was through his influence that the British Government passed the Quebec Act of 1774 which guaranteed French language and religious rights in Quebec. He was knighted Sir Guy Carleton for his defence of Quebec in 1776.

He commanded British troops during the Revolutionary War and was responsible for carrying out the Crown’s promise of freedom to slaves who joined the British cause. When the Loyalist refugees crowded into New York City, he was in charge of their care. In October 1783, he supervised the evacuation of tens of thousands of troops and displaced families. As Governor of Canada he helped the Loyalists survive their first difficult winters by providing extra supplies.

On 9 November 1789 Sir Guy Carleton, as the Governor of Quebec, declared "that it was his Wish to put the mark of Honour upon the Families who had adhered to the Unity of the Empire". As a result of this statement, militia rolls carried the notation:

“Those Loyalists who have adhered to the Unity of the Empire, and joined the Royal Standard before the Treaty of Separation in the year 1783, and all their Children and their Descendants by either sex, are to be distinguished by the following Capitals, affixed to their names: U.E. Alluding to their great principle The Unity of the Empire.”

He returned to England 1796, but his memory lives on in the counties, university and schools named after him.



Nominations are requested for the Sir Guy Carleton Branch Executive. The President and Secretary have indicated that they will stand for re-election. The most important positions to be filled are those of Vice-President and Treasurer, which are currently vacant.

Please contact the Branch with nominations at carletonuel(at)hotmail(dot)com.

The Branch is also seeking a Social Convenor and assistants for the Name Tag table and Refreshment table, and two Standard Bearers. These positions are not filled by election. Volunteers are welcome.

Cancellation Notice

The Executive of the Sir Guy Carleton Branch hopes that everyone is staying strong and well. The ongoing situation with COVID-19 has resulted in the cancellation of all events scheduled to be held at the City of Ottawa Archives to the end of 2020. The Archives does not expect to re-open until January 2021 at the earliest. This means that the Branch Fall Social/AGM scheduled for 14 November 2020 at the Archives is now cancelled. The Branch is looking forward to being able to resume regular meetings in 2021. As no volunteers have yet come forward to fill the positions of Vice President and Treasurer, elections for these positions are also postponed.

New at UELAC

A new online membership system

This new system will help Branches and Dominion Office be more efficient and timely in processing memberships. Under the new system, current members wishing to renew will have the option of continuing to renew their membership through the Branch, the way they are now, or signing into UELAC members only section (uelac.org) and completing the process there. Information will be password protected.

Later this fall, members will be able to sign in to set their password, revise their information, renew their membership and pay their fees. Payment options will be announced at a later date. New members who join between November 1 and December 31 will automatically be given membership for the following year. Membership is for a calendar year. If you have not renewed by December 31 you will not be able to access your membership record or the content in the members only section until you have renewed. Those renewing after December 31 or wanting to join the UELAC will have to go through their Branch.

If you have any questions, please email the Branch at carletonuel(at)hotmail(dot)com.

Sir Guy Carleton Branch
United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada