Kilgard

Feature Type:Community - An unincorporated populated place, generally with a population of 50 or more, and having a recognized central area that might contain a post office, store and/or community hall, etc, intended for the use of the general public in the region.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Within City of Abbotsford, NE of Huntingdon, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°04'00''N, 122°12'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 92G/1

Origin Notes and History:

Kilgard (Post Office) adopted 12 December 1939 as identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer. Form of name changed to Kilgard (community) 29 November 1984 (Ottawa file file 203-2).

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

"My brother F.S. and I are responsible for the names Clayburn and Kilgard, having started the clayworks at these two points. The words 'clay' and 'kiln' (commonly called 'kill') led to the choice of these names. We don't know of another 'Kilgard' anywhere and it has a good hard firebrick sound like Garteraid and Glenboig, the homes of fire brick in Scotland. Perhaps not much of a reason but the names seem to have stuck." (letter to the author from Mr. J.C. Maclure, Kilgard, BC, 4 July 1924)

Source: Nelson, Denys; Place Names of the Delta of the Fraser River; 1927, unpublished manuscript held in the Provincial Archives

"The names Clayburn and Kilgard were coined and given by John Charles Maclure and Fred Soues Maclure, who established the brick works at these places in 1904 and 1920 respectively. They were sons of John Maclure (1831-1907) RE, who came to British Columbia in 1858 and later was telegraph operator at Matsqui."

Source: Provincial Archives of BC "Place Names File" compiled 1945-1950 by A.G. Harvey from various sources, with subsequent additions