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[Bookplate for J. H. Hagarty]
[Bookplate for J. H. Hagarty]
Title[Bookplate for J. H. Hagarty]
Date Created[not before 1840?]
Sort Date1840
DescriptionBlack ink on cream paper. Crest features an armoured arm holding on to a sabre. The arm is coming out of a crest-wreath. The shield is argent with a sable chief. The chief is charged with three white birds trussed. The bottom section of the shield is argent and charged with a tall, leafy tree. The tree has three roots extending out. Below the shield, the motto is printed on a curling ribbon in capitalized, block, sans serif white letters. Below the motto, the bookplate owner's name is printed in large, black, sentence case, cursive font.
Extent1 bookplate : intaglio printing ; 5.8 x 7.3 cm
SubjectPrivate libraries ; Birds ; Judges ; Heraldry
Subject - GeographicToronto (Ont.)
Personal NamesHagarty, J. H.
TypeStill Image
NotesJohn Hawkins Hagarty was born on December 17, 1816 in Dublin, Ireland. Hagarty studied at a private school in Dublin, where he was taught by Rev. Mr. Haddart. At 16, Hagarty went to Trinity College, but migrated to Canada in 1834 instead of completing his degree. He went to Toronto several months after the city's incorporation in March 1934. Hagarty studied law at the office of George Duggan and was called to the Bar of Upper Canada in 1840. In 1847, Hagarty became an Alderman of Toronto. He then formed a partnership with John Crawford as Crawford & Hagarty. Their partnership only ended when Hagarty retired and took a seat on the Judicial Bench. In 1850, Hagarty became a Queen's Counsel and frequently represented the Crown in both civil and criminal cases. Hagarty became a Puisné Judge of the Court of Common Pleas on February 5, 1856. He was transferred to the Court of the Queen's Bench on March 18, 1862. Afterwards, Hagarty was appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas on November 12, 1868. After the death of Chief Justice Harrison, Hagarty became the Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench for Ontario. As a judge, Hagarty made rulings that influenced Underground Railroad passengers. He circumvented international law that required the return of fugitive slaves to the United States in his ruling on the John Anderson case. Hagarty was an important member of literary society in Toronto and contributed some poems to "Maple Leaf' in 1847. He also wrote for newspapers and published the pamphlet "Thoughts on Law Reform" in Toronto. He is suspected of writing under the nom-de-plume "Zadig" Hagarty was the President of the Canadian Institute in 1862. He was also involved with the St. Patrick's Society, where he became President in 1846. Hagarty was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1887. Hagarty died in 1888.
1) Dent, J. C. (1881). The Canadian Portrait Gallery (Vol. 4). Toronto: John B. Magurn. Retrieved from
2) Snodgrass, M. E. (2015). Hagarty, Sir John Hawkins (1816-1888). In The Underground Railroad: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Operations (Vol. 1-2, p. 240). New York: Routledge. Retrieved from
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN P H337
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_P_H337
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Stanley Binder. BP MUR CAN P H337
Date Available2017-04-27
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:
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