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About Ron W. Shaw

A native of Perth, Ontario, Ron W. Shaw studied journalism at Algonquin College and worked for newspapers, radio and television in northern and western Ontario for a decade before a 35 year career with non-governmental relief and development organizations in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

BOOK - A Swarm of Bees - Lanark Society Settlers 1800-1900, A Journey from Scotland to Upper Canada and Utah   
By Ron W. Shaw
Published by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa, 2018
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A Swarm of Bees recounts a journey begun in 1820 that, over the course of 50 years, took 18 ‘Lanark Society Settler’ families from the slums of Glasgow to the Great Salt Lake Valley. These pioneer families, who first settled in what is now Lanark County, Ontario, were among the earliest converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their story unfolds in the context of the founding and earliest days of the Mormon Church, as they follow their new faith through the Ohio and Missouri settlements, to Nauvoo Illinois, the refugee camps of Council Bluffs Iowa, and finally along the Mormon Trail to Utah. To the greatest extent possible the author allows those who knew them, and those who traveled with them, to speak in their own voices across the intervening years. Shaw has sought out a multitude of voices, both of the living and of the long gone, and reported on what he found among them. ISBN 978-1-77240-118-9 (bound)     More Information (Check out the online Index)
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BOOK - London Ontario's Unrepentant Confederates, the Ku Klux Klan and a RENDITION on WELLINGTON STREET   
By Ron W. Shaw
Published by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa, 2018
Immediately following the American Civil War, a wave of unrepentant Confederate families who refused to take the oath of allegiance to the United States Constitution flowed into Canada between 1865 and 1870. Many of those took up residence across southwestern Ontario, including in the city of London. They were joined by men, soon followed by their families, who were fleeing arrest as American President Ulysses S. Grant moved to destroy the Ku Klux Klan. This book tells the story of London’s refugee Confederates, KKK fugitives and, in particular, of one man for whom even London proved within reach of a U.S. Deputy Marshal. The ‘Bratton Affair’ demonstrated a long-standing sympathy among Londoners, and Canadians generally, for the Confederate cause. It also revealed the young Dominion’s sensitivity in matters of sovereignty and its continued dependence on the muscle of Great Britain in foreign affairs. ISBN 978-1-77240-098-4 (pbk)     More Information
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BOOK - Cheese Stakes, Lanark County's Mammoth Cheese and its Place in Cheesemaking History    (Lanark County, Ontario)
By Ron W. Shaw
Published by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa, 2017
Cheese Stakes explores the nineteenth century story of the Lanark County Mammoth Cheese in the context of its place in a long tradition of oversized cheeses, and examines the remarkable, never to be repeated, achievement it represented in the annals of the cheesemakers' art. On April 25, 1893, the largest cheddar cheese ever manufactured anywhere in the world arrived on the grounds of the World's Columbian Exhibition at Jackson Park, Chicago, Illinois. Pressed seven months earlier in a Canadian Pacific Railway Company freight shed at Perth, Ontario, as it travelled to Chicago its massive 22,000 pounds weight snapped the railway car truss rods four times, its casing attracted a mass of graffiti and, as it was dragged into its exhibit space, the 'Canadian Mite' crashed through the floor of the Dairy Pavilion. Purchased by Britain's most prominent cheesemongers, it was transported to England and paraded through the streets of London, cut with a garden spade, and eaten by English consumers. Cheese Stakes is an essential read for those with an interest in the agricultural roots of Ontario; cheesemaking history, and in the individuals who were amoung the cast of characters who played a role in the great adventure of the Lanark County Mammoth Cheese. ISBN 978-1-77240-073-1     More Information
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BOOK - Influence and Ambition: First Persons of Perth   (Lanark County, Ontario)
By Ron W. Shaw
Published by Global Heritage Press, Carleton Place, 2016
The British Army created the Perth Military Settlement in 1816 as part of a plan to provide “for the present defense and future protection of Upper Canada”. By 1822, when administration of the settlement was passed to the Colonial Office, more than 1,250 discharged soldiers with their families, as well as 700 civilian families, had been settled in the surrounding Townships of Bathurst, Drummond, Elmsley and Beckwith in what is now Lanark County, Ontario. In Influence & Ambition: First Persons of Perth, local historian Ron W. Shaw challenges many of the accounts left by the Perth’s ‘First Historian’, Reverend William Bell. Through colourful biographies of Bell and seventeen other ‘First Persons’ Shaw takes a fresh look at Perth’s earliest history and the men who made it; many of whom went on to become Canada’s leading pioneer legislators and business leaders. Shaw includes many references to other early settlers while telling the stories of those eighteen community leaders. This thoroughly researched book will entertain and inform anyone with an interest in the War of 1812, early settlement of Upper Canada, genealogy, or just the Town of Perth. ISBNs: 978-1-77240-039-7 (pbk); 978-1-77240-040-3 (digital)     More Information
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BOOK - First We Were Soldiers, The Long March To Perth   (Lanark County, Ontario)
By Ron W. Shaw
Published by author, Perth, 2015
Between 1816 and 1819, more than 1,200 discharged British soldiers, from over 80 regiments of infantry, cavalry and artillery, the Royal Navy and miscellaneous support units were compensated for services to the Crown with settlement tickets for ‘waste land’ at the Perth (Ontario) Military Settlement. By 1822, when the Army passed administration of the scheme into civilian hands, these early settlers had been joined by hundreds more. They kept coming into the 1830s: veterans of the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolutionary War, the Napoleonic Wars, the 1798 Irish Rebellion, the American War of 1812-1814 and service in India and Burma. Shaw introduces us to a cross section of Perth’s Soldier-Settlers -- corrupt officers and illiterate Privates, heroes and deserters, wives rescuing wounded husbands from the battlefield, and children born on storm tossed troop ships or in POW camps. In the mix were English, Scots and Irish, as well as Swiss, French, Dutch, Polish, Sicilian and American.
ISBN 978-1-4602-5972-6     More Information
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BOOK - Tales of the Hare - The Biography of Francis Tito LeLievre 1755-1830, A Prequel and Sequel to the Last Fatal Duel    (Lanark County, Ontario)
By Ron W. Shaw
Published by author, Perth, 2014
Francis Tito LeLièvre (1755-1830) played a significant role in the War of 1812 before settling at the Perth (Ontario) Military Settlement where his son, Henry LeLièvre (1802-1882), was falsely accused of plotting murder by proxy through the ‘Last Fatal Duel’ fought in Upper Canada. Tito LeLièvre joined the French Navy in 1775 as a midshipman and rose to commissioned rank over the course of the American Revolutionary War. Overtaken by the French Revolution he continued to serve against England until casting his lot with the Royalist cause and defecting, with his ship, to the British in 1793. For the next 22 years he served as a Captain in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. At the retreat from York during the War of 1812 he detonated the powder magazine killing American General Pike and about 200 others and torched the British warship HMS Brock saving her from capture.
ISBN 978-1-4602-1856-3     More Information
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BOOK - Forgotton Hero, Alexander Fraser    (War of 1812; Perth, Ontario)
By Ron W. Shaw and M.E. Irene Spence
Published by authors, Carleton Place, 2012
Alexander Fraser disappeared from the local and national page after his death in 1872, in spite of his heroics in the War of 1812 and his later involvement in the life of the Perth Military Settlement. The Perth Military Settlement is known today as the town of Perth in eastern Ontario and surrounding area. Forgotten Hero was written in order to redress the records and return Alexander Fraser to his rightful place on the national page and in the Perth Military Settlement. "A Story that needed to be told!"
ISBN 978-0-9917350-0-6     More information
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