A Most Picturesque Graveyard – Binkley’s Pioneer Cemetery

Binkley Pioneer Cemetery, Hamilton (Ont). Photo by @erskinec
Binkley Pioneer Cemetery, Hamilton (Ont). Photo by @erskinec

Despite development that has occurred around the Binkley graveyard, it still matches two descriptions found in the campus archives:

“The cemetery is on a hill over-looking the marsh a wedge-shaped piece nicely kept and very very peaceful.”

“The cemetery is reached by a winding road around the brow of the hill, most picturesque’

Before I knew there was a cemetery located here, I used to glance up from the parking lot that is located below and wonder whether those objects were tombstones.

Now years later, I have discovered one of the beautiful little spots in Hamilton. Judging by the quotes above, this is a timeless appreciation of this unique piece of landscape.

All in the Family – The 1803 Binkley Family Pioneer Cemetery in Hamilton (Ont)

The 1803 Binkley Pioneer Cemetery, Hamilton (Ont). Photo by @erskinec
The 1803 Binkley Pioneer Cemetery, Hamilton (Ont). Photo by @erskinec

Around 1801, the Binkley Family purchased 800 acres between the campus and Dundas. They set aside land for a church and school. They also set aside land for a family graveyard. The first people to be buried at the Binkley cemetery were David (b. 1752) and Margaret (b. 1750) Barringer in 1803.

Sir Allan MacNab buried at the family cemetery called Inchbuie, located at Dundurn Castle,Hamilton Ontario

The former family cemetery for the MacNab at Inchbuie
The former family cemetery for the MacNab at Inchbuie

Sir Allan MacNab was buried with: his son (Robert MacNab); his parents (Allan and Anne MacNab); his first wife (Elizabeth Brooke MacNab); his second wife (Mary Stuart MacNab); his brother (David Archibald MacNab); two of his brother’s children; and MacNab’s daughter (Minnie MacNab Daly).