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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.

John Ruch Memorial Bursary
UELAC Scholarship

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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.


Spring Social and Annual General Meeting, 4 April 2020

Please note: The Sir Guy Carleton Branch Spring Social and Annual General Meeting scheduled for 4 April is cancelled until further notice.

Items for discussion and voting at the Annual General Meeting:

Spring Social and AGM details.


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

Elections will be held at the Spring Social and Annual General Meeting on Saturday 4 April 2020. Please contact the Branch with nominations at carletonuel@hotmail.com. Nominations will also be accepted at the AGM.

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

Nominations are requested for Regional Vice-President, Central East Region, UELAC and Regional Councilor, Central East Region, UELAC.

Please see the Nomination instructions.

Mark your calendars – additional upcoming branch events!

14 November 2020 - Fall Social

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