Publications Committee of the Smith Township Historical
Soft cover, 95 pages incl. index; 1987
William Telford was an early Scottish immigrant born January 6, 1828, in the village of Leitholm, Parish of Eccles, Berwickshire, Scotland. His first efforts in poetry were written in his native Scottish dialect (commonly known as Doric) and were on the subjects of scenes and incidents from his native village. The majority of his writing relates to Canada. William immigrated to Canada, arriving on June 15, 1850. He settled first in Peterborough, where his brother resided. He then moved to Smith Township to farm on what was known as the Communication Road, now Chemong Road. In 1852, William married Hannah, daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Nicholson, of Smith Township. William toiled as a farmer and as a stone mason. In his spare time he wrote poetry and was eventually declared "The Bard of the St. Andrews Society of Peterborough", holding that position for 33 years from the the Society's inception until his death.