A look into the Corrigan Affaire at the Morrin Centre

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In the parish of St. Silvestre, close to Kinear Mills some 155 years ago, an event happened that eventually lead to the toppling of the government. It is know as the Corrigan Affair, named after the central character, Hugh Corrigan, who had been born a Catholic in Ireland and after immigrating to Canada in 1831 converted to Anglicanism. 

St. Silvestre had a predominately Irish Catholic population, some of whom saw the presence of "a convert" in their midst as a provocation, which was certainly fuelled by Corrigan’s own reaction to the Irish clans. He was a well known Orangeman, member of a lodge in nearby Leeds, and frequently mocked Catholics about their religion and bragged in local taverns where he was known to get into fights. The affair started when Corrigan, a judge at a local agricultural fair, was beaten up after making a judgement that aroused the ire of the Irish Catholics in the crowd.  Two days later he succumbed to his injuries.  So begins this fascinating tale which goes on to include secret societies, body snatching and men on the run with soldiers hunting them down.  Steve Cameron, whose ancestors had ties to the affair, has been researching this story for many years and will be presenting his findings at the Morrin Centre on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 7 pm. For more information and RSVP, contact the Morrin Centre at [email protected] or (418) 694-9147