Stratford was seven years old when Galt died in Scotland. The man who had conceived the Canada Company as, in his words, a "philanthropic dream," never saw this community for which he laid the original plans. By the time Stratford was settled in 1832, Galt had been recalled to England by the court of directors of the Canada Company.
In earlier and happier Canada Company days, Galt delivered the first stroke of the axe in the symbolic felling of a giant maple tree to initiate the founding of Guelph, which he named after the royal family. During his last winter in Canada, Galt made a journey through his beloved Huron Tract to Goderich. It was a sad trip, as he set out by sleigh to travel the Huron Road, which he had directed should be cut through the virgin forest. He died a broken man in ill health and poverty, away from his wife and three sons. Source: Streets of Stratford 2004