Fonds F 1159

Galt-Haldane family fonds

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Galt-Haldane family fonds
Dates of Creation
1804-1898; 1934-1936
Physical Description

6 centimetres of textual records

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records created and received by members of the Galt and Haldane families.

Included in the fonds is correspondence, pertaining to family matters as well as to William Dunlop, the Canada Company and Governor- General Lord Sydenham. The fonds also contains genealogical material relating to both families.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

The Galt family was active in political affairs and colonizing efforts in Upper Canada and western Canada.

John Galt (1779-1839) was a Scottish novelist, and in 1824 he was appointed promoter and secretary of the board of directors of the Canada Company. He also founded the town of Guelph, Upper Canada, and the town of Galt, Upper Canada was named after him. Galt had three sons, John, Thomas and Alexander.

John Galt (1814-1866) married Helen Lizars, and among their children was Agnes Galt, who later married John Haldane.

Thomas Galt (1815-1901) came to Canada in 1833 from Scotland to work for the Canada Company. In 1858 he was named Queen's Counsel and went into private law practice in Toronto. Galt was appointed a puisne judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and in 1887 became Chief Justice of the court until retirement in 1894. He married Frances Louisa Perkins in 1847, and together they had eight children.

Alexander Tilloch Galt (1817-1893), born in London England, came to Canada in 1835 as a clerk in the office of the British American Land Company, and from 1844-1855 acted as the commissioner of the company. In 1849 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Canada for Sherbrooke county in Lower Canada as an independent member, but resigned in 1850. He was re-elected in 1853, and continued to represent Sherbrooke in the Legislative Assembly and later the House of Commons, until 1872. In 1858 he became Minister of Finance in the Cartier-MacDonald administration, resigned his office in 1862, and then was re-appointed Finance Minister in 1864, continuing in this capacity until 1866.

Galt was a delegate to the Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences of 1864, and in 1867 became the first Finance Minister of the newly- constituted Dominion of Canada. He retired from parliament in 1872, and in 1875 was appointed to the Halifax Fisheries Commission. In 1880 Galt was appointed Canadian High Commissioner in London, England, and held this position until 1883.

Restrictions on Access
No access restrictions.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright held by creator. These materials cannot be published without permission of the copyright holder.
Custodial History

Fonds was donated to the Archives of Ontario in 1980 in two accessions by Margaret Clingen of Goderich, Ontario.

One of the accessions was accepted on a copy-loan basis.


Title based on contents of fonds.

Fonds also includes a photocopied edition of "The Galt Families: Notes on their Origin & Their History with Genealogical Lists," by Howard Spilman Galt, Department of Education Yenching University, Peiping, China (Peiping: The Sheffield Print Shop, Yenching University, 1938).

Former Codes

Accession numbers 13905, 13935

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