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[Bookplate for Dufferin School John Frothingham Library]
[Bookplate for Dufferin School John Frothingham Library]
Title[Bookplate for Dufferin School John Frothingham Library]
Date Created[between 1894 and 1900?]
Sort Date1900
DescriptionPrinted in navy ink, a geometric border with ornate corners surrounds the text of multiple fonts. The coat of arms of Montreal is raised in blue with accompanying banners. The shield is topped with a crown and features a red saltire with four different charges between the arms: a rose, thistle, clover, and beaver. The bookplate includes a watermark. Beneath the coat of arms is a blank space with a number handwritten in grey ink, followed by the title of the school and a note on the school's history.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 10 x 15.5 cm
SubjectLibraries ; Schools
Subject - GeographicMontréal (Québec)
Personal NamesDufferin School John Frothingham Library
TypeStill Image
NotesThe Dufferin School opened in 1894. Students from the British and Canadian School and the Dorchester Street School were transferred to Dufferin when it opened. The library is credited to John Frothingham. John Frothingham (1788-1870) was an American-born businessman who established himself in Montreal in 1809. He prospered in business, both with his own firm of wholesale hardware and iron, but also in his support of Montreal businesses. He was associated with the Montreal Board of Trade, the St Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad, the Montreal Stock Exchange, the Canada Inland Steam Navigation Company, the British and Canadian School of Montreal, the Montreal Horticultural Society, and the City Bank of Montreal. As a prominent Presbyterian he endowed some of his wealth to the Protestant Board of School Commissioners for Montreal. The coat of arms is based on the first coat of arms of the city of Montreal. The four images within the quartered shield symbolize the main founders of Montreal: English (rose), Scottish (thistle), Irish (clover), and French (beaver). The Latin phrase on the coat of arms reads "Concordia Salus" which translates to "salvation through harmony" and is Montreal's motto. A watermark including the letters "RF INE" and "RECORD" "LI" can be seen through the paper.
1) Gerald Tulchinsky, "FROTHINGHAM, JOHN, " in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 9, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003-, accessed January 25, 2016,
2) MacLeod, Roderick and Mary Anne Poutanen. "Proper Objects of This Institution": Working Families, Children, and the British & Canadian School in Nineteenth-Century Montreal." Historical Studies in Education, Fall (2008).
3) Atherton, William Henry. "Dufferin School." Montreal 1535-1914... Volume 2 (Chicago, 1914): 312. "Coat of arms, flag and symbols." Ville de Montreal. Accessed January 26, 2016:, 42249635&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN I J646d
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_I_J646d
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Morley Binder. BP MUR CAN I J646d
Date Available2016-11-18
Publisher - DigitalVancouver : University of British Columbia Library
RightsImages provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy, or otherwise use these images must be obtained from Rare Books and Special Collections:
TranscriptThe John Frothingham Library No. Dufferin School This Library was founded by a resolution of the Protestant Board of School Com- missioners passed May 14th, 1894, and is maintained by the income derived from the bequest made to this School, by the late John Frothingham, Esq. L-27
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