Nova Scotia Guild of Town Criers


Nova Scotia Historical Notes

Thanks to Jerry Randall, we have some information about some of our earlier town criers in Nova Scotia.

The Occasional Articles of the Acadian Recorder newspaper for July 21, 1917, page 1 reports: "Town Crier in Halifax 1831... James Fry appointed Town Crier, Beadle and Bell man ... James Fry having been nominated by the Grand Jury, and confirmed by the Magistrates as a beadle, bell man and town crier, gave notice that he was prepared to proclaim through, and in the most public places in town, sales by auction, property lost, found, lost, strays, arrivals of produce etc. He could be found, himself, at John Robb's opposite the Court House. William Christie also announced that he intended to commence "crying" in the town. The business promises to be brisk that he desired to obtain a suitable person as an assistant." 

 Next is Moses Crossland ... July 21, 1823 ... "whose marriage is here recorded, was for many years constable and town crier in Liverpool, and a familiar sight was Moses going up and down Main Street making his announcements. He died in 1864, aged 78."

The 1838 Nova Scotia census lists William Coburn as being a town crier living in Liverpool Township.

 Also in the Occasional Articles, Acadian Recorder Feb. 13, 1926 page 1 - "George Charker Town Crier died Jan. 23, 1845 age 76. Born in England. Buried ... in Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church on South Park Street, Halifax.

According to Lovell's Nova Scotia Directory for 1871, John Bull was a crier in Port Hood, Inverness County.