Image: James Peachey. June 6, 1784. Encampment of the Loyalists at Johnstown (Cornwall, Ontario). PAC: Negative No. C-2001. LAC: Mikan 2833909.

Welcome to the St. Lawrence Branch United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada (UELAC).

The St. Lawrence Branch is located in Eastern Ontario. It extends from the Quebec/Ontario border along the St. Lawrence River and includes the three United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry (SD&G).

Who are the United Empire Loyalists?

The Loyalists were people who remained loyal to the Crown during the American revolution. They represented a variety of ethnic groups, religions occupations. Because of their loyalty and their respect for law and order, many Loyalists were imprisoned, died or had their property confiscated. Loyalist Palatine and Scottish soldiers of the First Battalion of the King’s Royal Regiment of New York from the Mohawk Valley founded the Three United Counties.

Loyalists left the American colonies to settle in the Maritimes, Quebec and what it now Ontario. Many also went to England and the West Indies and Bermuda. Others served in Loyalist Regiments.

In 1789, Lord Dorchester proclaimed that “Those Loyalists who had adhered to the Unity of the Empire, and Joined the Royal Standard in America 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’.”

Apply for your UE Certificate as a Loyalist Descendant!

100th Anniversary UELAC Conference. Toronto, ON. June 2014. L-R: Jennifer DeBruin, Robert and Sarah Memmet, Lorraine Reoch
100th Anniversary UELAC Conference. Toronto, ON. June 2014. L-R: Jennifer DeBruin, Robert and Sarah Memmot, Lorraine Reoch, Branch President

Thank you for visiting our new website. We look forward to sharing our rich history with you, and welcoming Loyalist descendants, friends, and family as new members.

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