Delamere, Thomas Dawson

Captain Thomas Dawson Delamere

Captain Thomas Dawson Delamere MA, KC, was a senior member of the law firm of Delamere, Reesor & Ross, at No. 18 Toronto Street, Toronto. He was born in County Down, Ireland, March 25, 1847, son of Dawson Delamere.

When Thomas D. Delamere was eight years of age his parents came to Canada, and he was educated at Upper Canada College and Toronto University, from which latter institution he was graduated in 1866 with the degree of B.A., and in 1868 received his M.A.

After completing his arts course at the University of Toronto, Mr. Delamere took up the study of law with the late Alexander Leith, Q.C., being called to the Bar in 1870. Soon after he formed a partnership with the late Judge Kenneth MacKenzie, which continued until Mr. MacKenzie was appointed to the Bench. Mr. Delamere is one of the oldest members of the Toronto Bar, and has occupied an office on Toronto Street for more than thirty years. In 1889 he was made a Q.C.

Mr. Delamere took an interest in military matters and served in the Fenian Raid as Corporal with the University Rifles, No. 9 Company, Queen’s Own Rifles. He became an Ensign on June 21, 1867, a Lieutenant on April 29, 1870 and Captain (of No. 9 Company) February 27, 1874.  He retired from the Queen’s Own March 12, 1875.

His brother, Colonel Joseph Martin Delamere, was appointed Commanding Officer of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada in 1896, and his great-nephew Lieutenant Colonel John Morison Delamere, nominally command 1st Battalion, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada from 1953-1954 (he was on seconded for much of this time.)

On June 14, 1888, Mr. Delamere married Mrs. Grace (nee Bickford) Keefer. Mr. and Mrs. Delamere have had these children:

  • Beatrice M.
  • Rudolph D.
  • Grace B.
  • Mary E.
  • Harold D.
  • Thomas D.

Mr. and Mr. Delamere were members of the Church of England. In politics he was a Reformer.

Reference: Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York, Ontario Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens and Many of the Early Settled Families, 1907

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