Shootin' Jimmie Wilson
Wilson Court is named after Alex Wilson, founder of Dufferin Park.
Alex Wilson Stratford-Perth Archives
125 Dufferin St.
Cpl. James (Shootin' Jimmy) Wilson won 125 prizes for marksmanship and was a highly respected member of Stratford's first militia, the Stratford Volunteer Rifle Company. Mary Jane Lennon, A Stratford Album. Photo Stratford-Perth Archives
James (Shootin' Jimmie) Wilson
Alex Wilson's father was Cpl. James (Shootin' Jimmie) Wilson (1829-1914). He was born in Edinburgh and came to Canada in 1852. A crack marksman, James acquired the nickname Shootin' Jimmie. He won 125 prizes, some of them medals and cups, with his Enfield rifle, He was also was awarded medals for service in the Fenian Raids of 1866 and 1870.
He lived in Belleville before moving to Stratford. In 1910, When Cpl. Wilson attended an "old boys" celebration in Belleville, he rode in a carriage with his old friend, Sir Mackenzie Bowell, Canada's prime minister in 1894-1896.