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Politician and brewer Alexander Keith was born - On this day in Scottish history

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Scottish politician and brewer Alexander Keith was born on 5 October 1795 in Halkirk, Caithness. Keith emigrated to Canada at the age of 22 and founded the Alexander Keith Brewing Company in 1820. Keith settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he became the town's mayor three times and was also a member of various welfare societies, including the Highland Society and the North British Society.

Keith was a Freemason and was appointed Grand Master of Nova Scotia in 1869 and four of the province's masonic lodges were named after him.

Alexander Keith timeline

5 October 1795 - Alexander Keith is born in Halkirk

1817 - Keith emgirates to Canada

1820 - Founding of the Alexander Keith brewing company

1831 - Appointed president of the North British Society

1843 - Appointed Mayor of Halifax

1869 - Becomes masonic Grand Master of Nova Scotia

14 December 1873 - Death of Alexander Keith

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