August 1, 1821|
Montreal, Lower Canada
|Died||February 1, 1894
|Known for||Businessman and philanthropist|
Redpath worked in the family's sugar refinery and other businesses in Montreal. He was a member of the McGill University Board of Governors from 1864 until his death. He endowed a chair of Natural Philosophy at McGill in 1871 and established the Redpath Museum in 1880. In the same year, he migrated to England. He also founded the Redpath Library at the University in 1893.  He donated about half a million dollars in money and books to McGill University.
Peter Redpath married October 16, 1847, Grace Wood, daughter of William Wood, merchant and philanthropist, of Manchester. She was born at Bowdon, Cheshire, England and educated privately. The couple lived in Montreal up to their return to Manor House, Chiselhurst, Kent, England, in the 1870s. Mr. Redpath died February 1, 1894, aged 73. His wife supported his philanthropy. In 1894 she contributed $11,500 for Redpath Museum expenses and $40,500 for the maintenance of the Redpath Library. She funded the building of an additional wing to the Redpath Library at McGill University, which was completed in 1894. A portrait and bust of Mr. Redpath, and a portrait of Mrs. Redpath were placed by the governors of McGill University in its main gallery.
- Morgan, Henry James Types of Canadian women and of women who are or have been connected with Canada : (Toronto, 1903) 
- Library History — Peter Redpath from McGill University
- Photograph:Peter Redpath, 1861 - McCord Museum
- Photograph:Peter Redpath, 1871 - McCord Museum
- Photograph:Peter Redpath, 1891 - McCord Museum
- Photograph:Mrs. Peter Redpath, 1870 - McCord Museum
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