Date of Birth 1795-10-05 Place of birth: Halkirk, Caithness, Scotland
Date of Death 1873-12-14 Place of death: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Alexander Keith was mayor of the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a Conservative member of the provincial legislature, and the founder of the Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery.
He was buried at Camp Hill Cemetery across from the Halifax Public Gardens. His birthday is often marked by people visiting the grave and placing beer bottles and caps on it (or, less frequently, cards or flowers). Alexander Keith’s tombstone “is an elegant example of a Victorian-era column and is one of the largest (highest) grave markers in Halifax”. — The Halifax Daily News, 7 August 2006