• Devon Heritage Centre
Reference number
  • 1038M
  • The Simcoe Collection relates to John Graves Simcoe (25 February 1752 - 26 October 1806). He was a British army officer and the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada from 1791-1796. He founded York (now Toronto) and was instrumental in introducing institutions such as courts of law, trial by jury, English common law, freehold land tenure, and the abolition of slavery. In addition to a wealth of material relating to Simcoe's official roles, the collection also contains a range of rich material relating to his family life, in particular the private letters of his immediate family. These include extensive correspondence from his daughter Eliza Simcoe whilst on her 'Grand Tour' of Europe in 1816 and also a rich set of correspondence from his Godmother, Margaret Graves which record the culture and gossip of the city of Bath during the Regency period.
Access status
  • Open
  • Item
Related material
  • Northamptonshire Record Office holds title deeds of the Wolford Lodge Estate 1783-1801. Diaries of Elizabeth P. Simcoe are now held at David MacDonald Stewart Museum (Montreal). Other family papers including those withdrawn from DRO in 1993 are held at the Archives of Ontario in Canada as collection F47. Microfilm copies of some of these items are held at the DRO under references MFC114/1-20 and MFM192.
Admin history
  • In 2009 the descriptions for this collection were expanded (particularly the correspondence) for incorporation onto the CALM database and on-line catalogue.
Creator name
  • Simcoe family of Devon