This past Sunday I took advantage of a beautiful Summer day to visit Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal. I confess I did not sufficiently do my homework prior to my visit and, as a result, did not find most of the grave markers I had hoped to find.
As I was exiting on the south side of the cemetery I took note of a sign advertising the Cemetery’s iPhone/iPad app. After downloading the app yesterday, I can say with certainty they have done a good job. Had I been aware of the app prior to my visit, I would have found many of the graves I wished to see, though not all.
Last year when I visited Cote des Neiges Cemetery I was able to find the majority of the graves I wished to see thanks in large part to their wonderful online database of people resting in the cemetery. While there, I even took note of interesting grave markers I had not intended on finding, such as those of A.L. Van Houtte and of Patrick Madden.
Resting in Mount Royal Cemetery are many interesting folks from all walks of life. Mayors and martyrs, policemen and firemen, clergy and lay people all can be found. Of the ones I wanted to find, I almost missed the monument to Thomas Lett Hackett, a young Orangeman murdered by Catholics as he was returning home from divine services on July 12, 1877.
For people interested in visiting their family’s graves but are unsure of their locations, the Cemetery does offer a free lookup. This isn’t as instantaneous a solution as the other cemetery on the hill however, prior to my next visit, I will do my homework (or get them to do it for me, for free).