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Major General William Alexander Logie

Major General William Alexander Logie

Male 1866 - 1933  (67 years)

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  • Name Major General William Alexander Logie 
    Title Major General 
    Born 26 Apr 1866  Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Education Kingston, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Queen's University 
    • B. A. (and the gold medal) in 1887, M.A. in 1888, and a L.L.B. in 1892. He was a noted football player; captain of the Queen's team, then at Osgoode Hall .. Law School in Toronto, Ontario, and with the Hamilton Tigers (now a professional team).
    Military Service 1914  [1
    - Major General in command of No. 1 Division of the Canadian Army 
    Occupation Attorney 
    Occupation Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ontario, Canada 
    Died 6 Jun 1933  Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • "As a lawyer in partnership with Tom McQueston and Alex Chisholm, William Alexander Logie founded the 91st Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders, a famous regiment in Hamilton and whose badge, a leopard's head, was the Logie crest."


      A BRIEF HISTORY OF A & SH OF C -- http://www.ashofc.ca/ashist01.htm
      Kilts and bagpipes are merely the distinctive symbols of a tradition rooted in Canadian military history for over 200 years -- the Highland regiment. Since Confederation, the Highland Regiment has been most closely identified with the militia. In 1856 a Highland Rifle Company -- forerunner of the present regiment -- was formed in Hamilton.

      Between 1880 and the First World War, as part of this heightened self-consciousness by Scots-Canadians and a rising interest in militarism generally, several kilted regiments were raised in cities across Canada. Hamilton had had a kilted military presence since 1856 when James Aitchison Skinner organized a Highland company; it later became a company of the 13th Royal Regiment, later the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry.

      The idea for a full Highland regiment in Hamilton first took shape among the members of the St. Andrew's Society [of which James Chisholm was the long-time treasurer] and the Sons of Scotland [of which, he was also a member]. Late in 1902 meetings were held and prominent members of the city's Highland-Canadian community were asked to "take hold of the matter." James Chisholm and his partner, William Logie (a captain in the XIII Regiment), took a leading, perhaps predominant, role in organizing locally and in lobbying Ottawa. With the support of local Scottish organizations and clan societies, a deputation was sent to Ottawa bearing a petition to the minister of Militia. The minister, Frederick Borden, was less than enthusiastic about the potential cost and the Highland character of the proposed unit (he wanted the militia in a common uniform). Col. W. D. Otter, whom Logie canvassed for his opinion, was skeptical of the group's ability to "get either the officers or the men and if we got both [of] these we could not get the money . . . ."

      Hamilton's Scottish-Canadian elite moved quickly to fill the ranks of the officer corps and to raise the necessary funds to outfit the regiment in full Highland dress. Those who came forward included: Chisholm, Logie, J. R. Moodie, Walter W. Stewart, E. M. Dalley, Roy Moodie, E. F. Lazier, John Inglis McLaren, and many others from all walks of professional and business life.

      A draft letter written by either Chisholm or Logie to local MPs noted that the proposed "officers are a fine lot of fellows and of good standing and large influence in the community." The group obtained (as of 25 March 1903) over 700 names for the rank and file. The "men are a particularly fine class drawn chiefly from the better class of Scotchmen who own their own homes and have a stake in the community." Chisholm and Logie were well-connected within the Liberal party and maintained steady pressure upon local politicians to forward the group's cause. Chisholm monitored all communications with Borden. When the minister curtly informed a local lawyer to forward his support of the proposed Highland regiment "through the regular official channel," Chisholm promptly asked the minister of Militia for an explanation particularly as Borden had already written to Chisholm indicating that a Highland regiment would be raised. Borden denied having done so but by 17 August 1903 he reported (confidentially to Logie) authorizing the establishment of a Highland regiment. Chisholm, Logie, and the Scottish community were unrelenting and, in the end, they won the day. The regiment was formed on 13 September 1903 and gazetted three days later as the 9lst Regiment Canadian Highlanders.
      In winning the day, Chisholm and Logie used every reasonable tactic at hand. They were particularly adept at putting pressure at the highest possible level, usually the minister, thus circumventing the normal channels of the Department of Militia and Defence. They continued this newly-established tradition after the Regiment was formed. When they wrote to the minister in 1904 concerning an account of $9.55 for plumbing in the officers' quarters, an exasperated senior aide wrote to Logie suggesting that "your Regiment should come into line . . . ." He went on to say, "It would be simply impossible to run this Department if other Regiments went about these matters as yours does." Nothing, however, changed. When in 1906 the Department of Customs insisted upon charging duty upon a snuff mull sent to the 91st by the British Argylls, Logie and Chisholm appealed to Chisholm's friend, Adam Zimmerman, MP, who took up their case with the Assistant Commissioner of Customs. A compromise was eventually reached.

      Chisholm began his service with the 91st on 16 September 1903 as its paymaster holding the rank of honorary captain. For the rest of his life, the Regiment was a major part of his life. Logie served as the Regiment's first commanding officer until 1911 so for a time Chisholm and Logie's office on James Street was an alternate battalion headquarters. Two evenings a week, Chisholm could be found at the James Street Armouries -- the 91st was quartered in the recently built addition (designed in part by his architect brother-in-law Walter Wilson Stewart, also a member of the 91st). As well as the matters of weekly administration, there was an endless round of ceremonial functions and Chisholm took (and maintained) a particular interest in the Pipe Band. Finally, the 91st provided a rich social life in the elegant officers' mess, whether the normal course of socializing after weekly parades, full mess dinners, special functions, balls, or the annual celebration of Hogmanay.

      Like the militia generally, the Regiment has suffered or prospered according to the dictates of government policy. Peace, fortunately, has been the norm during most of the Regiment's history. Thus, the contours of the unit's weekly and seasonal existence has been marked mainly by a routine of ceremony, drilling, lectures, training, exercises, administration, and recruitment, to say nothing of the rigours of mess life and an always full Regimental social calendar.
    Person ID I17731  7_families
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2006 

    Father Alexander Logie,   b. 16 Dec 1823, Rosefield, Nairnshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1873, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Mother Mary Ritchie Crooks,   b. 21 Jan 1827, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1900, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 27 Oct 1852  West Flamborough, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Photos
    Logie Summer Home at Burlinton on Lake Ontario
    Logie Summer Home at Burlinton on Lake Ontario
    Family ID F7925  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Hamilton Wylie,   b. 1864, Of, Burnside, Almonte, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1891  Of, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Alexander Chisholm Logie,   b. Abt 1893, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1944, Holland, World War II Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years)
     2. James Wylie Logie,   b. Abt 1895, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1912, Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 17 years)
    +3. Mary Margaret Ramsay Logie,   b. 17 Sep 1899, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1985  (Age 85 years)
    +4. Anna Barbara Lauderdale Logie,   b. 17 Jun Abt 1904, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1980, Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2006 
    Family ID F7927  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Apr 1866 - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - Queen's University - - Kingston, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Major General William Alexander Logie
    Major General William Alexander Logie
    Major General William Alexander Logie
    Major General William Alexander Logie
    The General a little later in his life
    William Alexander Logie - Scots Dress
    William Alexander Logie - Scots Dress
    Scots dress for a Scottish Ball
    Major General William Alexander Logie
    Major General William Alexander Logie
    Funeral procession for Major General William Alexander Logie
    Funeral procession for Major General William Alexander Logie

    Documents
    Major General William Alexander Logie WWI Service Certificate
    Major General William Alexander Logie WWI Service Certificate
    Major General William Alexander Logie WWI Letter of Appreciation from the King
    Major General William Alexander Logie WWI Letter of Appreciation from the King
    Major General William Alexander Logie letter granting Order of the Bath
    Major General William Alexander Logie letter granting Order of the Bath
    Major General William Alexander Logie Order of the Bath
    Major General William Alexander Logie Order of the Bath
    Major General William Alexander Logie Order of the Bath pg 2
    Major General William Alexander Logie Order of the Bath pg 2
    Major General William Alexander Logie - letter of appreciation from Polish Military
    Major General William Alexander Logie - letter of appreciation from Polish Military

  • Sources 
    1. [S676] Letters - from Bob Huggard to Lee Drew, (1 Aug 2002, 9 May 2003).