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Richard MacLeod

Newmarket resident Richard MacLeod — the History Hound — has been a local historian for more than 40 years. He writes a weekly feature about our town's history in partnership with NewmarketToday, conducts heritage lectures and walking tours of local interest, and leads local oral history interviews

Recent Work by Richard

Newmarket marked reign of Queen Victoria with large-scale celebrations

Newmarket marked reign of Queen Victoria with large-scale celebrations

In this week's Remember This?, History Hound Richard MacLeod returns to the mid-1800s to look at the local impact of national and international events
Newmarket proudly sent volunteers west to battle in Riel Rebellion

Newmarket proudly sent volunteers west to battle in Riel Rebellion

In this week's Remember This?, History Hound Richard MacLeod recounts the town's pride when the local volunteer companies joined the government forces in Saskatchewan to 'put down' the North-West Rebellion of 1885
Bob Forhan blazed a path in hockey, politics remembered to this day

Bob Forhan blazed a path in hockey, politics remembered to this day

In this week's Remember This?, History Hound Richard MacLeod highlights the life of well-known Newmarket native Robert Norman "Bob" Forhan, who seemingly excelled at every aspect of his life
Annexation of East Gwillimbury helped fuel Newmarket's 1970s boom

Annexation of East Gwillimbury helped fuel Newmarket's 1970s boom

In this week's Remember This?, History Hound Richard MacLeod recalls when the provincial government moved Newmarket's border at Davis Drive further north towards the Green Lane
It wasn't an occasion without the Newmarket Citizens' Band <b> (7 photos) </b>

It wasn't an occasion without the Newmarket Citizens' Band (7 photos)

In this week's Remember This?, History Hound Richard MacLeod takes at look at the early beginnings of the band that has a preeminent position in Newmarket's history
'We’re glad ye cam to the toon': When the royal prince visited Newmarket

'We’re glad ye cam to the toon': When the royal prince visited Newmarket

In this week's Remember This?, History Hound Richard MacLeod recounts the pride and excitement that filled citizens and local dignitaries when Queen Victoria's eldest son came to town in 1860
Newmarket's 'chicken blood election' one for the storybooks

Newmarket's 'chicken blood election' one for the storybooks

In this week's Remember This, History Hound Richard MacLeod recalls a peculiar story from the annals of local politics
History reminds us, and gives us hope, Newmarket: We will get through this

History reminds us, and gives us hope, Newmarket: We will get through this

In this week's Remember This, History Hound Richard MacLeod takes us back to the Great Depression, a time when things seemed hopeless — but we emerged stronger than ever
Area Indigenous peoples ceded their territory in later disputed Toronto Purchase

Area Indigenous peoples ceded their territory in later disputed Toronto Purchase

In this second of a two-part series, History Hound Richard MacLeod highlights the story of how lands were acquired by the Canadian government, paving the way for settlers
Indigenous trails were 'highways' for Newmarket area's first settlers

Indigenous trails were 'highways' for Newmarket area's first settlers

In this first of a two-part series, Remember This? columnist Richard MacLeod reviews the routes established by the local Indigenous community for trade and travel