The Royal Yorker

The St. Lawrence Branch publishes a quarterly newsletter called The Royal Yorker. The title honours a local Loyalist regiment: The King’s Royal Regiment of New York, whose members were known as “Royal Yorkers.”

Our members receive the newsletter as one of the benefits of membership, in either digital or paper formats. MEMBERS CLICK HERE for the current issue, and an archive of recent issues. Enter the password we provided you with, in the centre of the page (not the side).

Each newsletter contains announcements of upcoming branch events, and informative reports from our executive, such as the President and Treasurer.

The Royal Yorker is more than a mere newsletter, however! It is always laden with content, including recurring features like:

  • “The Bookshelf” that reviews books relating to the Loyalists, local history and other volumes or resources of interest.
  • “Loyalist Signposts” that offers an historical look at current place names in our region whose origins lie with the Loyalists.

It also contains news reports on our branch events, as well as one-off historical and genealogical articles.

Older issues of The Royal Yorker are available below. We’ve added subject keywords next to the issue link, which describe the contents of each issue, for your convenience. Watch this space for more issues to be publicly released soon!


  • Winter (Sir John Johnson Manor House renovation; Sir John Johnson crossword puzzle; John Crysler of Butler’s Rangers; Ronald Doering, Defending Our Home: Loyalist Families of Dundas County and the Battle of Crysler’s Farm; Widow Catherine Cryderman)
  • Spring (Norman K. Crowder, Early Ontario Settlers; Loyalist Resource Centre and the Dundas County Archives; Lieutenant Malcolm McMartin of Martintown)
  • Summer (Loyalist Resource Center; History Heavyweights Pringle and Harkness; Sir John Johnson; Witthoft Wit and Wisdom)
  • Autumn (Mariatown; Vicki Holmes, Three Rivers Called Home; Loyalist Cemeteries; Cornwall Community Museum)


  • Winter (Williamstown; Sir William and Sir John Johnson; Dictionary of Canadian Biography)
  • Spring (Carman House Museum, Iroquois; Ginette Guy, Unforgotten: Mary Mack, Cornwall’s First Lady)
  • Summer (Loyalist Resource Centre in Dundas County Archives; God Save the Queen alternate lyrics; Indian Lands in Charlottenburgh; Darren Bonaparte, Creation & Confederation: The Living History of the Iroquois; Cornwall’s Loyalist plaque re-dedication; Loyalist Burial Site project)
  • Autumn (Loyalist Burial Site project; Carman House Museum, Iroquois; Mary Beacock Fryer, John Walden Meyers: Loyalist Spy; Circuit ministers; Dundas County Archives; Carleton Island – Fort Haldimand; Valentine Cryderman)


  • Spring (Major James Gray of Gray’s Creek; John Albert Scott, Fort Stanwix (Fort Schuyler) and Oriskany: The Romantic Story of the Repulse of St. Leger’s British Invasion of 1777; A Pre-Loyalist glimpse of SD&G)
  • Summer (Carol Goddard, Canada 150 medal recipient; Mary Whitmore Hoople of Hoople’s Creek; Bethune-Thompson House in Williamstown; Ian Bowering and Lor Pelton, The Living River: Secrets of the St. Lawrence from Cornwall to Prescott)
  • Autumn (New Johnstown’s Refugee Blacksmiths; the Kutryk family, Empey descendants; Royal Coat of Arms on Loyalist discharge papers; Princess Amelia and her Cornwall street; Demolition of St. John’s Presbyterian cemetery in Cornwall; Gavin Watt, Fire and Desolation: The Revolutionary War’s 1778 Campaign as Waged from Quebec and Niagara Against the American Frontiers)