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Finding Aid - Aemilius Irving fonds (PF64)

Aemilius Irving fonds

[1883?]-[after 1913]
1.5 cm of textual records
6 photographs : b&w ; 17 x 11 cm or smaller
1 print : engraving, b&w ; 23 x 15 cm  

Biographical Sketch
Aemilius Irving was born in Leamington, England, on March 24th, 1823, to Jacob Aemilius Irving and Catherine Diana Homfray. The family lived in France before immigrating to Upper Canada in 1834. They settled in Lundy's Lane and later moved to Newmarket. Irving married August Louisa Gugyon in 1851 and had eight children.
Irving attended Upper Canada College in Toronto. He was admitted as a student-at-law by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1844, and was called to the Bar in 1849. He articled with Joseph Clarke Gamble in Toronto. He moved to Galt in 1851, serving as Clerk of the Peace for Waterloo County. He later served as legal counsel for the Great Western Railway and for the government of Ontario during the Settlement of Accounts Arbitration.
Irving was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1863. He served as a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada from 1874 to 1893, and as its Treasurer from 1893 to 1913. Irving was a Member of Parliament for Hamilton, elected in the general election of 1874 and again in a by-election in 1875. Irving was knighted in 1906. Irving died in Toronto on November 27th, 1913.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of photographs, letters, ephemera, a letters patent of knighthood and artifacts relating to the life of Sir Aemilius Irving. Included are an illuminated address and a wooden box presented to Irving by the benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday. An engraving of William Osgoode is also included.
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Reference code / Title / Date
994055-001 Letter and address presented to Sir Aemilius Irving. – 1913
994055-002 Calling cards of Sir Aemilius Irving. -- [after 1906]
994055-003 Blank stationery. -- [between 1880 and 1900]
994055-004 Engraving of William Osgoode. -- [between 1866 and 1891]
996014-001 Letter Patent of Knighthood granted to Aemilius Irving. -- 30 June 1906
2014019-001 Letter to L.H. Irving from Frederick Mowat. -- 25 Apr. 1911
2014019-002 Letter to L.H. Irving from J.M. Gibson. -- 27 Apr. 1911
994055-01P Photograph of Osgoode Hall illuminated for Royal Visit. -- Oct. 1901
994055-02P Photograph of the funeral procession of Sir Aemilius Irving. -- 29 Nov. 1913
995018-01P Photograph of Aemilius Irving. – 1883
995018-02P Photograph of Mrs. Aemilius Irving. -- [188-?]
995018-03P Photograph of Aemilius Irving. -- [ca. 1900]
995018-04P Photograph of the gravesite of Sir Aemilius Irving. -- [between 1914 and 1940]
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