[Reid, Hon. James] (1769-1848)
Armorial. 11.5 x 7.2 cm. Harrod & Ayearst, p. 118.
James Reid was born in Scotland and came to Canada around 1788. He was called to the bar of Lower Canada in 1794 and in 1807 was appointed a judge of the Court of King’s Bench at Montreal. He had become a Chief Justice by 1825. He became a member of the Executive Council in 1838, but resigned from these duties and from the bench a few months later. He married William McGillivray's sister, Elizabeth in 1808, and in 1810 purchased a large property from the notary, Pierre Panet situated in the Faubourg Quebec in Montreal. He handled a great many of the North West Company's contractual matters, as well as the considerable amount of litigation involved.
Robertson, Thomas (1827-1905)
Armorial. 10 x 6.9 cm. Gagnon I, 4944; Harrod. & Ayearst., p. 122; Masson Collection Vol. XI, #1799.
Thomas Robertson was born in Ancaster, Upper Canada. He was educated at King’s College in Toronto and was called to the bar in 1852. He practiced in Hamilton and represented his hometown in the House of Commons from 1878-87. In 1887 he was appointed a judge of the chancery divisions of the High Court of Justice in Ontario and held this position until 1903. (Wallace).
Robinson, John Beverly (1791-1863)
John Beverley Robinson was born in Lower Canada, son of a Virginia loyalist. The family moved to Kingston, Upper Canada, in 1792. In 1799 he was enrolled in the school in York recently opened by John Strachan, and he lived in the the Strachan household until 1807. At age 16, he left to enter the study of law D’Arcy Boulton. Robinson served in the War of 1812 as a militia officer under Sir Isaac Brock, and was appointed acting Attorney General of the province. From 1818-1829, Robinson was the Attorney General of Upper Canada, and, in 1829, he was appointed Chief Justice, Speaker of the Legislative Council, and President of the Executive Council of Upper Canada. As a judge he has had few equals in the history of Canadian judicature. [Motto: Propere et provide, or Quickly and cautiously]
Smart Jur., William Lynn (1824 - )
Crest within garter. 7.7 x 6.6 cm. Gagnon I, 4961 (for Smart Sr.); Harrod & Ayearst, p. 129; Masson Collection Vol. XII, #1987. Staining and small tear at top.
This is likely William L. Smart, born in Middlesex England, admitted as attorney in 1847, and becaming a partner in the firm of Smart, Buller & Smart. He came to Canada (Woodstock) in 1853. He was appointed Secretary of the Woodstock and Lake Erie Railway Company which afterwards amalgamated with the Amherstburg and St. Thomas Railroad Company under the title of the Canada Southern Railway where he remained until 1862. Admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada he became attorney-at-law and formed a partnership with Hector Cameron which partnership was dissolved in 1868. In 1873 he removed to Hamilton where he was appointed Deputy Judge, a position he held for three years when he again started up practice for himself. (A cyclopaedia of Canadian biography ..., Geo. Maclean Rose, 1886).
Smith, Larratt Wm. (1820-ca. 1900)
Crest. 10.8 x 8.4 cm. Gagnon I, 4965; Harrod & Ayearst, p. 130; Masson Collection Vol. XII, #2003.
Larratt William Smith was born in England. He studied in Toronto and was called to the bar in 1843 and later headed the law firm of Smith, Rae & Greer. He was a veteran of the Rebellion of 1837 and became the senior Major in the Reserve Militia. (Ewens).
Snelling, Richard (1834-93)
Armorial, mantling. 12.4 x 9.6 cm. Gagnon I, 4968 & 4969 (two varieties); Harrod & Ayearst, p. 133; Masson Collection Vol. XII, #2027.
Richard Snelling was born in England. He studied law at the University of Toronto and was called to the bar of Upper Canada. He was appointed registrar of the Anglican diocese of Toronto in 1877, and to chancellor in 1890.
Strachan, James M (1808-1870)
Armorial. 9.7 x 6.6 cm. Not in Gagnon; Harrod & Ayearst, p. 136; Masson Collection Vol. XII, #2065.
James McGill Strachan was the son of Bishop Strachan and born at Cornwall, Upper Canada. He studied at the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, England, and during the Rebellion of 1837-38 he was the military secretary to Lieut-Governor Sir Francis Bond Head. He was called to the bar in 1838 and went into partnership with John Hillyard Cameron in Toronto. Later, around 1847, their partnership failed and Strachan spent the rest of his days tending to his land and pursuing leisurely sportsman’s activities. (D.C.B. Vol. IX).