W. O. Raymond, B.A., M.A., LL.D., F.R.S.C.

(1853-1923)

William Odber Raymond was born at Woodstock on 3 February, 1853, the second of seven children of Charles William and Mary Elizabeth (Carman) Raymond. He received his early education at woodsotck, and became the first student to graduate from the University of New Brunswick (B.A. 1876) with honours. He obtained an M.A. in 1891 from U.N.B., and was awarded an LL.D. in 1901. His theological studies were under Bishop John Medley.

Ordained in the Church of England in December, 1877, Rev. Raymond served as Archdeacon of Saint John, and was also a Captain in the 3rd Regiment, Canadian Artillery. He married Julia Nelson at Saint John on 18 June, 1879.

An avid historian, Dr. Raymond published numerous articles on New Brunswick's history, many of them centered on his beloved Carleton County, particularly on the Woodstock area, his birthplace. These articles, together with his published books, The Winslow Papers and The River St. John, remain valuable reference works for researchers and historians. Dr. Raymond became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1906, and continued his research and writing until shortly before his death at Toronto in 1923. His personal library formed the nucleus of the Raymond Collection in the L. P. Fisher library.