Silverthorn Collegiate Institute (SCI) is a high school located in the west end of Toronto. It is under the sanction of the Toronto District School Board. The name comes from the "The Silverthorn Woods" or "Silverthorn's Bush" that border it on the south and the west . This was the northern limit of an old property known locally as "The Silverthorn Mill Farm".
The Silverthorn name, in coming from the Somerset/Wiltshire county areas of Southwest England, have this surname originating from the Holy Thorn of Glastonbury. The first Silverthorns to come to North America seems to have arrived and settled in New Jersey (and Virginia) well before the American Revolution. The New Jersey branch lost all of their land holdings since they were 'loyalists' and came to Canada, receiving land grants via the United Empire Loyalist grants. Although there is no 'official' coat of arms for this surname, there is a very old 'unofficial' one (from the Bristol/Bathe area of Wiltshire County, England) that often surfaces. Researchers of this surname state that there are more Silverthorn's in the Toronto white pages and surrounding cemeteries than any other area in the world. Please refer to the 1982 Silverthorn History published by Frank Fremont Reed, with the English Origins co-authored by William D Silverthorn (both of California, USA).
When Markland Wood was developed in the early 1960s, the Board of Education for the Township of Etobicoke decided to build a... Read More