Fonds 71/159 - John Wimburn Laurie fonds

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John Wimburn Laurie fonds

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CA ON00093 71/159

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  • 1867-1907 (Creation)
    Laurie, John Wimburn, 1835-1912

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1 file of textual records

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John Wimburn Laurie (1835-1912) was born in England and educated at Harrow and Sandhurst. In 1863, he married Frances Collins, daughter of Enos Collins of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Laurie had entered the British Army in 1853, being gazetted an ensign in the 2nd (The Queen's Royal) Regiment of Foot. Appointed lieutenant and later captain in the 4th (The King's Own) Regiment of Foot, he served in the Crimea and in India. Laurie originally came to Canada as a major on special service in 1861, serving first as Inspecting Field Officer of Militia in Nova Scotia and later Deputy Adjutant-General of Militia in Nova Scotia until 1881. He served during the Fenian raids of 1866 and 1870, and in 1885 was second-in-command of the North West Field Force. He retired from the army in 1887 with the rank of lieutenant-general to devote himself to his political, agricultural and other interests. He represented Shelbourne, Nova Scotia, as a Conservative in the House of Commons from 1887 until 1891. He later returned to England and sat in the British House of Commons as member for Pembroke, 1895-1906.

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Fonds consists of copies of documents dealing with discussions on naval defence matters on the East Coast from 1867 to 1907, mainly during the turning of the century. They were written by or to General Laurie. Includes correspondence, minutes of meetings and new law proposals. The focus was on the creation of a colonial naval reserve in Canada, from among the fishermen in Nova Scotia and possibly Newfoundland.

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Fonds received 10 Aug 1971 from Comdr F.B. Caldwell.


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  • English

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The originals are held in Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, ON.

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Associated material can be found at Library and Archives Canada. The title is the Laurie Family fonds and the reference number is R7816-0-5-E (formerly MG29-E59).

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