The Habitant

The Habitant
By William Henry Drummond, M.D First published in 1897
ISBN: 978-1-77081-095-2 pages 85 size: 6.5 by 9 inches paper

William Henry Drummond (1854-1907), dialect poet, was born at Currawn House, county Leitrim, Ireland, on April 13, 1854, the son of George Drummond, Royal Irish Constabulary, and Elizabeth Morris Loden. He came to Canada with his parents in 1864, and was educated at the Montreal High School. He studied medicine at Bishop’s College, Lennoxville (M.D., 1884), and for many years was a physician in general practice, first in the country, and then in Montreal. He died at Cobalt, Ontario, on April 6, 1907. His first volume of verse was entitled The Habitant (New York and London, 1897), and was couched in an approximation to the dialect of the French-Canadian habitant speaking English. This was followed in the same strain by Phil-o-Rum’s canoe (New York and London, 1898), Johnnie Courteau (New York and London, 1901), and The voyageur (New York, 1905); and there was published a posthumous volume entitled The Great Fight (New York and London, 1908), prefaced by a biographical memoir. He married, in 1894, May Isabel, only daughter of Dr. O. C. Harvey, of Savanna la Mar, Jamaica. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1899; and he was made an LL.D. of the University of Toronto in 1902. He died in 1907


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