Gourlay, Robert [Fleming]


Student United College 1792-1793 Lat. Jun. 1793-1794 Lat. Prov.; Math. Jun. 1794-1795 Lat. Prov.; Gk. Jun.; Log. 1795-1796 Lat. Prov.; Gk. Prov.; Ethics; N. Phil. (Secondar).


Born 24.3.1778 son of Oliver Gourlay of Craigrothie and Janet Fleming.


Farmed in Fife and Wiltshire. Went to Canada in 1817. Thrown out 1819, but had much influence on the history of Upper Canada. Returned to Britain then went to U.S.A. and again in Upper Canada in 1836. In House of Correction Cold-Bath-Fields for at least 19 months c. 1826. [Farmer, prisoner]


General introduction to Statistical Account of Upper Canada, compiled with a view to a grand system of emigration... (London: Simpkin & Marshall, 1822)


Died 1.8.1862 in Edinburgh.


  • Bull. Depts of History and Political and Economic Sciences, Queens University, Kingston No. 54
  • W.P. Anderson, The Croft House Andersons (Cupar, 1933) p143
  • Births Reg. Ceres
  • Edinburgh, New College CHA4.56.45
  • Dict. Canad. Biog.