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Accession Number: 04-003


W.T.C. Boyd fonds. Additions. -- 1889-1917. -- 6 cm of textual records. -- 8 photographs.

Biography / History

William (Willie) Thornton Cust Boyd (1859-1919) was the son of Mossom Boyd (1815-1883) and Letitia McGhee Cust (1819-1881) of Bobcaygeon, Ontario. Along with his step-brother Mossom Martin Boyd (1855-1914), William T.C. Boyd operated the large family-owned enterprises founded by their father, of which the major were lumbering, Hereford cattle breeding, and cattle/buffalo cross-breeding. The Boyds were involved with the planning of the Lindsay, Bobcaygeon and Pontypool Railway, and with the Trent Valley Navigation Steamship Company, of which William T.C. Boyd was President from 1900 to 1904. Boyd was also an active partner in the firm of Boyd and Company along with his step-brother Mossom and cousin John Macdonald. From 1897 to 1899 he served as counselor for the village of Bobcaygeon, and from 1900 to 1901 as reeve. He married Meta Bridgman in 1889, and had 8 children.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Norma and Herbert Orgill before it was donated to Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of photographs of Boyd's family, postcards, a notebook, and a book entitled Canada in Khaki: A Tribute to the Officers and Men now serving in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1917.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.
This fonds was acquired from Mrs. Norma Orgill.
Restrictions: N
This fonds along with 02-014 is an addition to 01-019.
For related records see: 75-1024, 75-1025, and 88-011.

Finding Aid

Box 1

Folder 1:
Photographs: 8 photographs of W.T.C. Boyd's children, Gladys, Rosalind, Paul, and Aileen; also a photo of two of the children with Aunt Katie Boyd

Postcards: 26 postcards, mostly of scenic places

Folder 2:
Notebook: "Re Chemical Works" - "notes on the destructive distillation of wood & its products given us by H.O. Chute, Chemical Engineer, Cleveland, Ohio - Aug. 1902" - entries are dated 1902 to 1904

letter to W.T.C. Boyd from J.E. Belcher, engineer, 3 September 1889

Folder 3:
Book entitled Canada in Khaki: A Tribute to the Officers and Men now serving in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, published for the Canadian War Records Office, 1917