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