Historical Plaque Properties


Duncan Scott - Cheese Maker
198 Albert Street
Stratford, ON

Duncan McGregor Scott was born in 1876 on the land belonging to his grandfather, who he was named after. The elder Duncan Scott, his wife, Janet and their young family moved to South Easthope on Lots 26 & 27 Concession 7 in 1843 after emigrating from Perthshire, Scotland. 


Young Duncan’s father, Peter, was only two years old when the family left Scotland. After Peter Scott married Marry Menzies from North Easthope in 1875, he set up farming on his own. Duncan was the oldest of their four children. Mary died when Duncan was quite young leaving Peter to care for a growing family. He moved to East Zorra and began a new career as a house builder.

Duncan was educated in Tavistock and later attended the Stratford Business School. The 1901 census shows him living with the family of Robert Johnston and his family in Blandford Township, North Oxford. Johnston was a cheesemaker by profession and Duncan and another young man were working for him.

In 1905 he married Annie McDermott from New Hamburg who was the daughter of Michael McDermott, a blacksmith, and Tammy Lake. Unlike many young women of the period Annie was employed as a milliner at the time of her marriage. Two years later the couple bought the newly built house at 198 Albert Street. Duncan was still employed in the cheese business as a buyer for Thomas Ballantyne & Sons. He later became the secretary-treasurer for the company when it became R. M. Ballantyne Company Limited.

The Scotts had no children and Annie became involved in charitable work. She was a long standing member of the YWCA board and when the new YMCA was opened, she and Mr. Scott furnished one of the rooms in the building. They moved from their Albert Street house to 149 Front Street.

In 1927 Duncan Scott became an insurance agent for John Brown Company Limited and two years later opened his own insurance, real estate and brokerage firm, Scott-Crane Company. He was a working partner for 17 years. He was also active in community affairs including being a member of the health board for many years and was a member of Stratford City Council in 1917.

Annie McDermott Scott died of heart disease in 1935 at the age of 56 after a lengthy illness. After Annie’s death, her mother and sister made their home with Duncan. Duncan McGregor Scott died in 1944. He and Annie are buried in a mausoleum in Avondale Cemetery, Stratford.