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John Mowat (1791-1860), father of Sir Oliver Mowat, came to Canada as a soldier in the early nineteenth century, and became established in business at Kingston, Ontario where he raised five children.
John Mowat (1791-1860), was born in Canisby, Scotland. In 1807 he joined the 3rd (East Kent) Regiment of Foot and served in Spain and Portugal during the Napoleonic wars, leaving his fiancee, Helen Levack in Caithness. Following the end of the war in 1814, Mowat's regiment was transported to Canada where it took part in the battle at Plattsburg, 11 September 1814. Sometime following the end of the war with America, Mowat was discharged and he entered business in Kingston.
By 1819 Mowat had established himself and married Helen on the day of her arrival in Montreal. They settled in Kingston, raising five children: Oliver (1820- 1903), George L. (1824-1871), John B. (1825-1900), Catherine (1828-1916), and Jessie Bower (1833-1913). John was a founder of Queen's University and an officer in the Kingston Field Battery.