From: "Montreal History and Gazeteer to the year 1892"
By Rev. J. Douglas Borthwick, John Lovell & Son, Montreal 1892

Was born near London, England, in 1827. At fifteen he was employed by the South Western Railway Company, and remained for ten years with them--gaining in that time different positions, and lastly that of Assistant Secretary.  In 1851, he was appointed Managing Director of the Great Western Railway of Canada, and in the same year he arrived in Canada and established himself at Hamilton in the interests of this line.  In 1861, he received a public banquet at Hamilton for his services to the country, when he was presented with a. service of plate made by Tiffany, of New York, and costing $3,000.  At this time he joined the Grand Trunk Railway, where he continued for many years as its efficient Managing Director.  Afterwards he had Government control of the Intercolonial, and latterly was agent for the Hudson Bay Company in Winnipeg, where he died some years ago.

Mr. Brydges was intimately connected with the English Diocese of Montreal, of which he was for years the Treasurer, and his decisions in the Synod were generally followed by both clerical and lay members.

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