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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 3H4

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.


2020 Annual General Meeting

Sir Guy Carleton Branch
2020 Annual General Meeting

Saturday 14 November 2020
1:00 pm EDT (via Zoom)

The Sir Guy Carleton Branch will be holding its Annual General Meeting for 2020 on Saturday November 14, at 1 o'clock. We will be using a Zoom package provided by the Dominion Office. The log in information will be sent to members by e-mail closer to the date. The meeting will last approximately one hour.

The focus of the meeting will be the future of the Branch. Volunteers are needed; "many hands make light work." If you are willing to serve on the Branch Executive in any capacity, please contact the Branch e-mail. Positions to be filled are: Vice President, Treasurer, Social Convenor, Greeter and Standard Bearer. Directors-at-large are also welcome. Nominations will be held during the AGM.

If you are unable to attend, please send your concerns, ideas, willingness to volunteer to the Branch by e-mail or regular mail by November 7, 2020.

If you have experience using Zoom and would like to help organize the meeting, please contact the Branch e-mail: carletonuel(at)hotmail(dot)com. (Replace (at) with @ and (dot) with a period.)

Branch mailing address:

Sir Guy Carleton Branch
P.O. Box 5104
19 Colonnade Rd.
Nepean, ON
K2C 3H4

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