Photo by Barry Wallace
Reader of this blogsite and Arts Society King member, Zoreh Zandvakili, wrote to ask how Purpleville got its name. I mentioned the Vaughan hamlet in a recent blog. Elmore Reaman, in his 1971 book A History of Vaughan Township, says that Purpleville got its name, in 1866, from an early Township of Vaughan farmer, John Morrow, who was a staunch Orangeman. The purple star of the Williamite Army (late 1600s) is part of the flag of the Orange Order, which is a protestant fraternal organization based primarily in northern Ireland. Very few vestiges of old Purpleville remain to this day.
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