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William Henry Drummond 1854-1907

William Henry Drummond 1854-1907

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2006

William Henry Drummond 1854-1907

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted October, 2010

William Henry Drummond 1854-1907

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The District of Timiskaming
The Town of Cobalt
In front of the Cobalt Public Library at 30 Lang Street
(I'd like to thank the good people at the Cobalt Public Library for updating me on the plaque's new location - October 2010)


Coordinates: N 47 23.843 W 79 41.007

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Plaque Text

Physician and poet, William Henry Drummond was born in Ireland in 1854, and came to Canada with his parents about ten years later. In 1884 he graduated in medicine from Bishop's College, Lennoxville, serving in rural Quebec before establishing a practice in Montreal. The "Poet of the Habitant", Drummond wrote in the broken English of the French-Canadian farmer and woodsman. His poems, published between 1897-1908, were characterized by humour and pathos. They touch the abiding things of life and have never lost their appeal. In 1905 the poet joined his brothers in a silver-mining venture, the Drummond Mine, located some 3 km southeast of this park. Dr. Drummond died here in 1907.

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