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

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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John Ruch Memorial Bursary
The Recipient for 2020 is Lindsay Levesque - Bachelor of Arts, Political Science.
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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.


In Memoriam

The Sir Guy Carleton Branch is saddened to report the death of long-time member Edward Kipp on Saturday 10 April. He was a great contributor to the Branch and will be sorely missed. Among his many contributions were his participation on the team that created Carleton's Loyalist Index and the Book of Negroes, his work as the first Branch web-master and his very generous donation of books to the Branch Library. Our condolences are extended to his wife and family.

Read his obituary here: Edward Burnice Kipp, BSc, PhD, MLS, UE (April 16, 1943 - April 10, 2021)

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. Please direct all questions regarding certificates 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

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