Thursday, December 5, 2013
Kingston Penitentiary: Home to Canada’s most notorious criminals
The four men are Albert McKeowan, James McDonald, Philip Benoit, and George Marles. These photos were taken in 1915. Credit: Library and Archives Canada, RG73-C-6
The Library and Archives Canada has just released the ledgers from the Kingston Penitentiary for you to research if your ancestor spent time there when it opened in 1835.
Located in Portsmouth, now part of Kingston, this institution was designated for the incarceration of prisoners from both Upper Canada and Lower Canada.
Kingston Pen, as it is commonly known, closed its doors on September 30, 2013.
These ledgers, which have been digitized and can be viewed on the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) website at http://collectionscanada.gc.ca/pam_archives/index.php?fuseaction=genitem.displayItem&lang=eng&rec_nbr=4292048
You will have to know the name of the person you are looking for in this instant.
The ledgers provide photographs (mug shots) of inmates and information such as name; alias; age; place of birth; physical description; occupation; crime committed; and date, place and length of sentence.