Fonds 2008-044 - Archibald family

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Archibald family

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    • 1819-1890s, predominant 1826-1831 (Creation)
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    23 cm of textual records

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    Samuel George William Archibald (1777-1846) of Truro, N.S. was a lawyer, politician, and judge. He was admitted to the Nova Scotia bar in 1805 and served as solicitor general, 1826-1831, attorney general, 1831-1838, advocate general in the Court of Vice-Admiralty, 1831-1841, and master of the rolls and judge of the Court of Vice-Admiralty, 1841-1846. He was also a member of the Legislative Assembly from 1806-1841. Archibald married his first wife Elizabeth (Dickson) in 1802. They had fifteen children, nine of whom survived to adulthood: Charles Dickson (1802-1868), John Duncan (1804-1830), Edward Mortimer (1810-1884), Mary (1814-1838), Thomas Dickson (1817-1875), Samson Salter Blowers (1819-1893), Peter Suther (b. 1820), William George (b. 1822), and Robert Dickson (b. 1828). Four of the sons entered the legal profession: Charles was a barrister, businessman, and MLA, 1826-1830, and later moved to England as a magistrate; Edward was attorney-general of Newfoundland, ca. 1842-1855, and later British consul-general at New York, knighted in 1882; Thomas practiced law in England until his appointment to the Queen's bench in 1873; and Peter Suther was a barrister and colonel in the militia. Samson was a businessman in Sydney. Their mother Elizabeth died in 1830 and S.G.W. married widow Joanna Brodley in 1832.

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    Fonds consists of letters between brothers Charles, Edward, John Duncan, and Samson Salter Blowers Archibald as well as their father, S.G.W. Archibald, concerning family news, legal proceedings and letters from acquaintances discussing legal cases. The fonds also includes a poem and a discussion of current events including the American Civil War.

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    Donated by Arthur Edwards of Halifax in 1943 and David Archibald in 2008.


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        MG 1 volumes 88-89

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