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MEREDITH, Sir William Collis, Canadian jurist, born in Dublin, Ireland, 23 May, 1812. He is the son of Reverend Thomas Meredith, D. D., rector of Ardtrea, County Tyrone. He studied law, emigrated to Canada, and was called to the bar of Montreal in 1836, becoming queen's counsel in 1844. He was also a judge of the superior court for the province of Quebec from 1849 till 1859, and of the court of queen's bench for the same province from 1859 till 1866. He was chief jus-rice of the superior court from 1866 till 1884, when he retired. He received the degree of D. C. L. from Lennoxville university, province of Quebec, in 1854, and that of LL. D. from Laval university in 1880. He was knighted in 1886.
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