Matthew Archibald

Matthew Archibald (1745 – January 18, 1820) was an Irish-born farmer, tanner and political figure in Nova Scotia. He represented Truro township in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1785 to 1799.

He was born in Derry, the son of Samuel Archibald and Elizabeth Taylor, and came with his family to Londonderry, New Hampshire in 1757. The family moved to Nova Scotia five years later. In 1767, Archibald married Janet Fisher. He was named a justice of the peace and became coroner for Colchester District in 1786. He lived at Bible Hill; Archibald is believed to have given the town its name. Bible Hill continues to celebrate a festival in Archibald's honor yearly to commemorate his birthday. He is the paternal, great-great grandfather of the singing sensation Adam Levine. Archibald died in Truro.

His son Alexander Lackie Archibald also represented Truro in the assembly.


  • A Directory of the Members of the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, 1758-1958, Public Archives of Nova Scotia (1958)