Bishop John Strachan Stratford-Perth Archives
Strachan Street appeared on the 1879 map of Stratford as part of a survey laid out by Daniel Home Lizars, the third judge of the County of Perth, from 1864 until his retirement in 1886. Strachan Street runs south from West Gore and ends at Whitelock Street in the south end of the city.
Daniel Lizars first practised law in Goderich, where he chose as his partner the son of one of the most powerful men in Upper Canada. Bishop John Strachan ruled the Family Compact with an iron hand. John Strachan Jr. practised law with Daniel Lizars in Goderich and then in Stratford. Lizars named this Stratford street for his Goderich lawyer partner, who died in Goderich in 1857 at age 41. By Stanford Dingman
A note: The Lizars family in Scotland had known John Galt, founder of the Canada Company, and were attracted to Upper Canada by the prospect of a fine estate on the shores of lake Huron.
The Lizars and their many trunks of belongings arrived at Goderich by ship. Actually, they shipwrecked just outside Goderich harbour and had to be brought ashore in small boats. Source: Streets of Stratford 2004.
Gordon Jocelyn, man of many talents
Gordon Jocelyn as dresser for Alec Guinness, Richard III, in 1953. CBC Archives
Fish and chips, gambling and murder: a house with a story
8 Strachan St.
Shakespeare Public School, circa 1912 Stratford-Perth Archives