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28   N1 EN OF CANADA.

ROBERT PEEL ECHLIN, M.A., barrister, solicitor, etc., Toronto,

was born on the 29th August,

1856, in Dundas, County of Went-worth, Out. His father was James Echlin, Echlinville, County Down, Ireland. The Echlins are an old fancily, tracing their ancestry back to the 13th century. His mother was Jane Robertson, who came of a well-known family iii Glasgow, Scotland. Mr. Echlin received his education at Cobourg Collegiate Institute and Victoria University, where he graduated as B.A. in 1578, obtaining the Prince of Wales silver medal for general pro

ficiency. Three years later

he received the degree of M.A. While an under-graduate he taught two years as assistant master in the Brantford Collegiate Institute, and after graduation held the position of head master in the Caledonia High School. At college he was a general favorite with all his fellow students, who elected him by acclamation, in his final year at college as president of the Literary Society of Victoria University. In September, 1SSo, 1\Ir. Echlin entered the law office of Messrs. McClive, Gilleland & Pattison, St. Catharines, and two years later the office of Messrs. Blake, Kerr, Lash & Cassels, Toronto. He was called to the Bar in the Easter term of 1883, and shortly afterwards commenced the practice of his profession in Toronto. While courteous to all, he is a man of aggressive nature. In professional contests he is neither dis-

posed to grant nor accept favors. His recognized abilities and exceptional capacity for work must place hint ere long in the front rank of his profession, and probably lead ultimately to the Bench, which is the desired goal of the legal profession. 1\Ir. Echlin is a member of the Ontario Reform Club and Young Men's Liberal Club, and an office-holder in the Reform Association, Toronto. In politics he is an advanced Liberal. He is an enthusiastic Free 1\Iason and a member of St. Andrew's Lodge No. 16 G.R.C., the mother lodge of the Right Hon. Sir John A. Macdonald and other prominent Canadians.

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