Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00221 - Andrew Drummond Papers

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Andrew Drummond Papers


  • 1839-1923 (Creation)

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2 boxes (20 cm)

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Andrew Drummond was born in Edinburgh in 1811. A graduate of Edinburgh University, he emigrated to Canada in 1833 to join his uncle, Robert, who was engaged in developing the Rideau Canal. In 1834, he joined the Commercial Bank of Canada in Kingston, and in 1843 he became manager of the bank in Ottawa. He went to the Bank of Montreal, becoming the manager in Ottawa in 1846. Andrew and his wife Margaret had nine children. Of these, Charles was deeply involved in promoting the Hudson's Bay Railway; Frank was associated with the Northwest Navigation Company; and George attempted to set up a company to promote a new version of the typewriter he invented.

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Presented to the Library by Miss Peggy Drummond in November 1984.

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The collection consists of correspondence and papers of Andrew Drummond and his sons, Charles, George and Frank. It includes a variety of family letters as well as letters from Sir Sandford Fleming, Sir Oliver Mowat and Sir John Schultz. Noteworthy items include early correspondence (1841-1848) relating to St. Andrew's Church in Ottawa; Andrew Drummond's reminiscenes describing his experience as an accountant and cashier in the Bank of Montreal during the 1837 Rebellion, the Fenian Raids and during later disturbances; correspondence and scrapbooks on the attempt to promote the Hudson's Bay Railway; and papers relating to George Drummond's invention of a new typewriter.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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