Fonds F2030 - Mortimer family fonds

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CA ON00335 F2030

Title

Mortimer family fonds

Date(s)

  • 1854-1982 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

26 m of textual records
1 photograph : col. ; 7.5 cm x 11 cm

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Name of creator

(1852-1920)

Biographical history

Three generations of Mortimers were graduates of Trinity College and went on to have distinguished careers in law in Los Angeles, California, and later in Toronto.

Charles White Mortimer became a lawyer in California in 1883 and was made British vice-consul at Los Angeles the same year. He was born in Adelaide, [Middlesex County] Ontario, on 20 April 1852, son of the Reverend Arthur Mortimer and Mary Frances White. He was educated at Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto’s Trinity College (BA 1875, MA 1887). He married Annie Marie Griffin and they had two sons, Charles Gordon (1890-1916) and Arthur Beresford (1889-1956), who both served in the First World War. He died in 1920.

Charles Gordon Mortimer, barrister-at-law and soldier, was born in 1890 in Los Angeles, California, and died on 21 October 1916 in action at Malta. He was educated at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario and later at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. After completing his law studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, he was called to the bar on 22 May 1914. His plan to practice law in British Columbia was interrupted when war was declared. He became a lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery and is commemorated at the Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta.

Arthur Beresford Mortimer, lawyer and soldier, was born on 13 May 1889 in Los Angeles, but spent most of his life in Toronto. He attended Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ontario, and Trinity College, obtaining a BA in 1911. He was at Oriel College, Oxford, from 1911 to 1913 and returned to Canada to attend Osgoode Hall Law School. He served in the First World War from 1915 to 1919 as a captain in the Canadian Artillery. On 28 December 1916 he married Flora MacIvor, and they had five children: Phoebe, Elizabeth, Charles Stewart, Grania, and Maureen. He was called to the bar of Ontario in 1919 and was created a King's Counsel in 1945. He practiced with Ross & Holmstead and Manning, Mortimer & Kennedy. He died in 1956.

Charles Stewart MacIvor Mortimer, lawyer, Anglican clergyman, and soldier, was born ca.1925. He saw service during the Second World War and then attended Trinity College, Toronto, obtaining his BA in 1948. He returned to Trinity College, to study in the Faculty of Divinity in the early 1990s and obtained a BD. He died on 18 September 2008 in Toronto.

Name of creator

(1889-1956)

Biographical history

Arthur Beresford Mortimer, lawyer and soldier, was born on 13 May 1889 in Los Angeles but spent most of his life in Toronto. He attended Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ontario, and Trinity College, obtaining a BA in 1911. He was at Oriel College, Oxford, from 1911 to 1913 and returned to Canada to attend Osgoode Hall Law School. He served in the First World War from 1915 to 1919 as a captain in the Canadian Artillery. He was called to the bar of Ontario in 1919 and was created King's Counsel in 1945. He practised with Ross & Holmstead and Manning, Mortimer & Kennedy. On 28 December 1916 he married Flora MacIvor, and they had five children: Phoebe, Elizabeth, Charles Stewart, Grania, and Maureen. He died in 1956.

Name of creator

(1890-1916)

Biographical history

Charles Gordon Mortimer, barrister-at-law and soldier, was born in 1890 in Los Angeles and died on 21 October 1916 in action at Malta. He was educated at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario, and later at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. After completing his law studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, he was called to the bar on 22 May 1914. His plan to practise law in British Columbia was interrupted when war was declared. He became a lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery and is commemorated at the Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Charles Stewart MacIvor Mortimer, son of Arthur Beresford Mortimer and a Trinity alumnus, donated the records to Trinity College in 1992.

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Scope and content

The fonds contains correspondence, financial records, a letter-book, and diaries of Charles White Mortimer and Arthur Beresford Mortimer.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Charles Stewart MacIvor Mortimer, son of Arthur Beresford Mortimer, has donated the records to Trinity College.

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None expected

System of arrangement

The archivist has put each of the five notebooks in a separate folder. The material has been arranged by the archivist.

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None

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Public domain

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A memorial tablet, dedicated in 1923, to the memory of Charles White Mortimer, is in the Trinity College Chapel.

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  • English

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