Keith, Alexander

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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.

Interment Information

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

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I learned my love of “spirit walking” from my Mother, Barbara Ann Scott. My Mum was an avid genealogist who spent many days in cemeteries in Ontario, Quebec and Scotland. I joined my Mother on many of these research visits and found that I was really moved by some of the inscriptions, the dates and trends. I realized that much could be learned about the local history of an area by examining the cemeteries. I have continued to be inspired to visit cemeteries in communities even if I don’t know anyone who is interred there. I have stumbled upon former Canadian Prime Ministers, artists and athletes. I have also discovered many small communities and vanished villages near and far from home. This web site is about acknowledging the many great Canadians who shaped the Canada I know.

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