Mount Murdoch

  • In Historians Range, east of South Branch Nepisiguit River.
  • Named by W.F. Ganong 1903 for Beamish Murdoch (circa1800-1876), author of “History of Nova Scotia”, 1867.


  • 3 miles south-east of Chatham. Post office from 1880s to 1960s.
  • First settlers were largely of Scottish extraction, coming to the community before 1830, many from Dumfrieshire.
  • Named for the river of the same name which runs through the community on its way to Napan Bay and then Miramichi Bay.


  • Shire town of Northumberland County. Post office from 1823.
  • Incorporated 1899; Amalgamated in 1995 to form part of City of Miramichi.
  • Named for Thomas Pelham Holmes, Duke of Newcastle.
  • Local politics dominated by Scottish merchants and shipbuilders in early years.
  • Scottish mason William Murray built several local landmarks.

Nicholson Brook

  • Flows northeast into Renous River.
  • Named for Norman R. Nicholson, a land grantee, son of Robert Nicholson Sr, tanner and currier; b. Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

Northesk Parish

  • Established 1814.
  • Settled 1785, spreading as far as Tomogonops River in 1819.
  • Probably named for William Carnegie, 7th Earl of Northesk (1758-1831), then prominent in the British Navy, admiral in 1821.

Preston Beach

  • Adjacent to Miramichi Bay at Escuminac.
  • Named for William Preston, settler in 1810 from Scotland, who was ship-wrecked on Fox Island.
  • Also called Guimond Beach.

Sinclair Lake

  • Northeast of Tuadook Lake.
  • Probably named for Edward Sinclair (1842-1901), prominent Miramichi lumberman.

Southesk Parish

  • Southesk Parish: Established 1879.
  • Probably named as a complement to Northesk Parish.


  • 5 miles northeast of Chatham.
  • Post Office Black Brook 1861-1895, Robert Blake postmaster; Post Office Loggieville from 1895, Andrew Loggie, first postmaster.
  • Village incorporated in 1966. Amalgamated in 1995 to form part of City of Miramichi.
  • Robert Logie (later Loggie) was a settler from Scotland circa 1790.

St. Margarets

  • 15 miles southeast of Chatham.
  • Post Office Upper Bay du Vin 1853-1938; Post Office St. Margarets 1938-1969.
  • Named for the church there. Settled 1830.