Buchanan Close

Place Name: Buchanan Close, Place, Road, Way.

Feature Type (Year Approved): Road (1988), Road (1988), Road (1988), Road (1988).

Name Origins: Commemorative

Definition: 

Scottish: locative name from Buchanan (Stirlings).
From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Cultural Affiliation: Scottish

Gender: Male

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

This road is named in honour of two men, both of whom were named Buchanan but were not related. John Alexander Buchanan was a Canadian senator and a long-time Edmonton resident. James McIntyre Buchanan was a pioneer boat builder. John Alexander Buchanan (1887-1970) was born in Ontario and came to Edmonton in 1910, where he worked for the federal government. He did considerable survey work in the Peace River country and the Northwest Territories. Buchanan was a prominent member of the Conservative Party and was appointed to the Senate in 1959, retiring six years later. James McIntyre Buchanan was born in Scotland in 1884 and came to Edmonton in 1911. He and a partner founded the Alberta Motor Boat Company and manufactured boats used by the Hudson's Bay Company and the RCMP. He died in the late 1930s.

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