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John Archibald (Watts Dollar)

Born in 1866, studied at the the Edinburgh Veterinary College, became the President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, was a Warden of the Worshipful Company of Farriers from 1900 to 1903, was credited with introducing the first equine operating table to Britain - the table had been designed by himself, and he'd also published a 'handbook of horse-shoeing with introductory chapters on the anatomy and physiology of the horse's foot (1898)' and 'Regional Veterinary Surgery and Operative Technique (1912)' among others.   The veterinary practice became the largest in London with a presence (veterinary forges) in Baker Street, in Westminister, in Blackfriars, in Lambeth, in Belgrave Square, in Chelsea, and in Paddington.  He held the Royal Warrant of appointment to Queen Victoria, King Edward VII and Kings George V and VI.

Archibalds in History

Sir Adams George Archibald

A Father of Confederation of Canada.  Studied science and medicine for a few years, subsequently articled in law, and was called to the Nova Scotia bar in January 1839 was appointed by Sir John A. Macdonald to the first all Canadian cabinet in 1867,  Sir Archibald pursued a policy of conciliation with the Métis,  encouraging them to register their lands, and met with Louis Riel.  Later becoming the lieutenant-governor for the Western Provinces and Northern Territories of Canada, and then of Nova-Scotia.

Angela Gladys (Rusty) Archibald, far left (1917-2006)

& George William Archibald (Jr.) (1915-1997)

Mrs. Archibald was born on Christmas Day 1917,  in Newmarket, England, and passed away on Aug 17th, 2006 (Coincidentally Aug 17th is Dr. Sean  G. Archibald's Birthday).  She grew up in a thoroughbred horse-racing family and was a competitive rider.


An accomplished tennis player in her youth, in 1934, in the final round at Wimbledon, she was disqualified when it was discovered she had fibbed about her age, and at 16 was too young to officially compete.  According to her son, George Archibald, "the stable lads liked her because she was very good-looking." She was a redhead, a feature celebrated by her former husband, the late George William Archibald, a steeplechase jockey, when he nicknamed her "Rusty." Mr. Archibald describes his mother as "a tiny sparrow of a woman" with great drive but also a keen sense of fun, who could be rather rebellious and "was such a trouper" that she allowed her husband to bring five buddies along on their honeymoon to the south of France in 1938.


Early in World War II, her soldier husband was sent by train to northern England and decided to take her with him.  "He and his buddies put her in a duffel bag, in the luggage rack of the train, up to York," Mr. Archibald said. But after four or five stations, "when they saw all the MPs, they put her off the train with her bicycle."  "She had to find her way home, 50 miles back to Newmarket. The British had turned all the street signs around to confuse the Nazis. But she made it," he noted proudly.


In 1957, the Archibalds moved to Middleburg by way of Ontario, Canada, with George and their daughter, Valerie.   'Rusty' Archibald became the first woman to exercise race horses at the Middleburg Training Center.


But the marriage became rocky, and in 1971 the couple separated. According to her son, Mrs. Archibald had a drinking problem. In 1972, she joined Alcoholics Anonymous "and completely beat the alcoholism," he said. "She didn't take another drink."She went on to help others overcome their addictions. "She was so helpful to so many young people," he said. "She was the heroine of Al-Anon."  "She was huge in A.A.," Mr. Winants said. "I can't tell you the number of people Rusty brought into the program and helped along". She was an enthusiastic pillar of society and loved by many.



She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, George William Archibald (Jr.) (1915-1997) of Oakland, Calif., a steeplechase jockey who rode in the British Grand National six times and whose father rode Meridian, the 1911 winner of the Kentucky Derby.

George William Archibald (Sr.) (1888-1927)

Born in San Francisco, was a successful rider in the US, winning the Kentucky Derby of 1911 on Meridian. He was also a Champion Jockey in Germany where he rode for the powerful Baron Simon Alfred Oppenheim's Schlenderhan stable.


He won the 1913 German 2000 Guineas and German St Leger on Orchidee II and the 1914 German Oaks on Ariel.  Archibald came to England in 1922 to take up a retainer with Peter Gilpin at Clarehaven Stables in Newmarket. He had a dream start to the season, winning the 2000 Guineas with St Louis.

Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982)

“There is no dusk to be,
There is no dawn that was,
Only there's now, and now,
And the wind in the grass.”

“The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.” 


“You wanted justice, didn't you?  There isn't any...there is only love." - J.B's wife”


“To see the Earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the Earth together,  brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold — brothers who know now they are truly brothers.”

Archibald Sutton

Archibald Sutton:  As a Farrier in the first World War, Archibald was paid a penny a day more than the fellow soldiers in his regiment.  By the 1940's he'd set up a large farrier shop on High Street in London. later of Nova-Scotia.

Dr. George William Archibald

Born 13 July 1946 of Nova Scotia,  was awarded the 2013 ORDER OF CANADA for his involvement founding the International Crane foundation and Pioneering advances in ornithological conservation.

Sir Archie (1805-1833)

The Famed racehorse is considered to be one of the greatest foundation sires in America, his influence is so important that he has been named the “Godolphin Arabian of America”.  Foaled at Archibald Cary Randolph’s Ben Lomond farm in Goochland County in 1805, he was sired by Diomed, an Epsom Derby winner and Castianira, owned by Col. John Tayloe III of Mt. Airy in Richmond County, Virginia. 


Randolph originally named the foal “Robert Burns” but Tayloe changed the name to “Sir Archie” in honor of his friend Archibald.  Randolph was renowned for financial problems and these forced the sale of Sir Archie at only 2 years of age.


Sir Archie eventually landed in the hands of Col. William Ransom Johnson who trained him into one of the best race horses ever bred in Virginia.  His fame brought about his racing end when no opponents could be found to race against him and Jockey Clubs would not let him enter their competitions.  Sir Archie was then put to stud where he stood for 17 years at Mowfield plantation in North Carolina and made in excess of $70,000 for owner William Amis (Tens of Millions in Today's Dollar).


Is a given name or surname of Old French and Old High German, and later lowland Scottish, origin whose meaning is "genuine, bold, brave." As a given name it is often shortened to "Archie." A less common Italian version is Archiboldo. In Scottish usage, it is sometimes used to translate the Gaelic given name Gille Easbuig, also Anglicized as Gillespie.

Archibald James McLean

"Honest Archie" McLean was one of the cattlemen known as the Big Four who guaranteed $100,000 to stage the first Calgary Stampede in 1912.  At his funeral in 1933 the 1.5 mile cortege of attendees made it among the largest funeral in Southern Alberta's History.  In 1963 he was elected to the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame,  It's been said that though in his life he'd never earned a million dollars, he had earned a million friends.

Archibald ‘Grey Owl’ 1888-1938

English-born environmentalist and author he is photographed here feeding a beaver (1930).

Born in Surrey England, Archibald emigrated to Canada in 1906, married a Mohawk woman, and became known as the legend 'Grey Owl'. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images).

Dr. James Archibald McIllroy  (1879-1968)

A Surgeon from Ireland received the Silver Polar Medal for duties as surgeon on Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition.  Malaria contracted during earlier expeditions challenged James Archibald with bouts of fever much of his life, and he died the same year Dr. Sean G. Archibald was born.

Archibald V.Hill  1886 -1977

Awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology in 1922.  Born in Bristol England Archibald advanced studies of Muscle Metabolism while in both Germany and Cambridge.

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