William Renwick Riddell

William Renwick Riddell (6 April 1852 – 18 February 1945) was a Canadian lawyer, judge, and historian. Riddell was born in Hamilton Township, Ontario and attended Cobourg Grammar School and Victoria College. He was called to the bar in 1883, and conducted a law practice in Cobourg until he moved to Toronto in 1893. Riddell was appointed as judge to the Supreme Court of Ontario in 1906.[1]

As a historian, he published numerous works of legal, medical and social history, including biographies of William Kirby and John Graves Simcoe.

Riddell was President of Crossen Car Manufacturing Company and married Anna Crossen, daughter of the company's founder.

Riddell died in Toronto in 1945.


  • Some Early Legislation And Legislators In Upper Canada, (1913)
  • Constitution Of Canada In Its History And Practical Working, (1917)
  • Old Province Tales, (1920)
  • Travels Of La Rochefoucauld In Canada 1795, (?)
  • First Judge At Detroit And His Court, (?)
  • First Law Reporter In Upper Canada And His Reports, (?)
  • Magna Carta, (?)
  • The Legal Profession In Upper Canada In Its Early Periods, (1916)
  • The Life Of Robert Fleming Gourlay, (?)
  • William Kirby, (1923)
  • John Richardson, (c1926)
  • Upper Canada Sketches, (?)
  • The Bar And The Courts Of The Province Of Upper Canada, (1928)
  • The Life Of William Dummer Powell..., (1924)
  • The Life Of John Graves Simcoe, (1926)
  • British Courts In Michigan, (?)
  • Michigan Under British Rule, (1926)
  • The Courts Of Ontario, (?)
  • The Bar Of Ontario, (?)
  • The Works Of Fracastorius On Morbus Gallicus, (?)
  • A Philadelphia Lawyer In Canada In 1810, (?)
  • Civics, (?)
  • The Constitution Of Canada In Form And In Fact, (?)
  • Canadian Abridgement [edited], (?)

Source: [2]


  1. Blackwell, John D. (December 16, 2015). "William Renwick Riddell". Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. "Author - Judge, William Renwick RIDDELL". Author and Book Info.
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