James Robert Gowan
|Sir James Robert Gowan|
|Senator for Barrie, Ontario|
January 29, 1885 – February 1, 1907
|Appointed by||John A. Macdonald|
December 22, 1815|
Cahore, County Wexford, Ireland
|Died||March 18, 1909
|Residence||Island in Lake Muskoka.
Gowan was taken from the owner, Sir James Robert Gowan, and Eilean is the Gaelic word for island. Many people assume that the island is named after the owner’s daughter, but he and his wife had no children.
Born in Cahore, County Wexford, Ireland, the son of Henry Hatton Gowan and Elizabeth Burkitt, he was educated privately in Dublin. In 1832, he emigrated to Canada and settled outside of Toronto. In 1833, he became a student in the law office of James Edward Small and later practiced law there. He married Anne Ardagh in 1854. They had no children. In 1843, he was appointed judge of the newly created Simcoe District, the largest jurisdiction in Upper Canada. He was the youngest judge ever commissioned in the British empire at the time. He retired in 1883. In 1885, he was appointed a Senator on the advice of John Alexander Macdonald representing the senatorial division of Barrie, Ontario. A Liberal-Conservative, he served for 22 until his resigning in 1907.
He was created a C.M.G. in 1893 and knighted in 1905.
- "James Robert Gowan". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2005.
- James Robert Gowan – Parliament of Canada biography