Butler’s Rangers Plaque

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Butler’s Rangers were designated as a National Historic Event of Canada in 1930. In 1934, the plaque was erected at Butler’s Burying Ground, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

The inscription reads as follows:


In 1777 John Butler of New York raised a force of Rangers who, with their Iroquois allies, raided the frontiers of New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey throughout the American Revolutionary War. From their base at Fort Niagara they successfully maintained British military power on the frontiers and seriously threatened rebel food supplies. When Fort Niagara became overcrowded in the autumn of 1778, Butler built near here a group of barracks to house his rangers and their families. Disbanded in June 1784, they were among the first Loyalists to settle in the Niagara peninsula.

Recrutés par John Butler, les Rangers attaquèrent avec leurs alliés iroquois les frontières de New-York, de la Pennsylvanie et du New-Jersey durant la Révolution américaine. Stationnés au fort Niagara, les Rangers maintinrent la puissance militaire britannique sur ces frontières. À l’automne de 1778, Butler érigea près d’ici des baraques pour loger ses Rangers ainsi que leurs familles. Une fois démobilisés, en juin 1784, les Rangers furent parmi les premiers loyalistes à s’établir dans la péninsule de Niagara.

(Text prepared by the Special Committee on the Revision of Unilingual Plaques – 1973 to 1977)