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Fonds F 3

Oliver Mowat family fonds

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Oliver Mowat family fonds
Dates of Creation
1522, 1836-[1967?]
Dates of Accumulation


Physical Description

17.7 centimetres of textual records

34 photographs : black and white copy loan prints

8 volumes of textual records

1 illuminated address : ink on board

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Sir Oliver Mowat and his family. The subjects of the records deal with the Mowat family, and, in particular, with Sir Oliver Mowat. The various donations were all gathered together in 1993 and arranged into two series: one containing the correspondence of the Mowat family, as well as genealogical information; and the other containing material related to the personal and political life of Sir Oliver Mowat.

Fonds also contains records related to Herbert M. Mowat, which pertain to the Davies and James Bay Railway Arbitration, 1905-1912, in which H.M. Mowat acted as an arbitrator.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

The Mowat family, originally of Scotland, became distinguished in law and the ministry in Kingston, Ontario, as well as local politics and the administrative affairs of Canada during the nineteenth century.

John Mowat (1791-1860), father of Sir Oliver Mowat, came to Canada as a soldier in the early nineteenth century, and became established in business at Kingston, Ontario where he raised five children.

Oliver Mowat, (1820-1903) was an Ontario politician during the nineteenth century, serving as Vice-Chancellor, Premier, Minister of Justice, and Lieutenant-Governor.

John Bower Mowat (1825-1900), brother to Sir Oliver Mowat, was a minister in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and was appointed chair of Theology and Hebrew at Queen's University during the late nineteenth century.

Herbert (Hubert) M. Mowat was a Kingston, Ontario lawyer, Member of Parliament, and became a Supreme Court Judge in 1920.

John McDonald Mowat (1872-1916) practised law in Kingston, Ontario and Vancouver, was elected mayor of Kingston, and was killed in action while serving overseas in 1916.

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Mowat, Oliver (family)

Mowat, John, 1791-1860

Mowat, Oliver, 1820-1903

Mowat, J. B. (John Bower), 1825-1900

Mowat, Herbert, 1862-1928

Mowat, John McDonald, 1872-1916

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Custodial History

This fonds came together from several different sources, indicated on Archives of Ontario accession forms 496, 513, 6015, 6026, 6255, 11074, and 16982. Those items received through accessions 6015, 6026, 6255, and 11074 are marked with their accession number. These accessions were received over the period dating from 1905 to 1987.

Related Material

Related materials may be found in the records of the Office of the Premier (Reference Code: Series RG 3-85) and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor (Reference Code: RG 24-1). See also MU 2629 for a scrapbook of newspaper clippings relating to Mowat's reception in Ontario following the boundary settlement in 1884.

See also RG 22-390-18, Benchbooks of Justice of Oliver Mowat, for records relating to Mowat's judicial hearings in the Court of Chancery, 1864-1872.


Title based on contents of the fonds.

Biographical information gathered from the following sources: Evans, A. Margaret. Sir Oliver Mowat (Toronto: University of Toronto Press,1992), and Dictionary of Canadian Biography XII, 767-768.

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 3-1 Mowat family correspondence and genealogical records
F 3-2 Oliver Mowat correspondence, commissions and scrapbooks