From: "Types of Canadian
Women Past and Present" Vol.I
Grace Wood, daughter of William Wood, Esquire, merchant and philanthropist, of Manchester, was born at Bowdon, Cheshire, England. Educated privately, she was brought up in an atmosphere of sympathy, good-will and toleration.
She married, October 16th, 1847, Peter Redpath, Esquire, of Montreal, son of John Redpath, the founder of a well-known sugar refinery, in that city, and from that time, up to her return to England, with her husband, in the seventies, was almost a continuous resident of Montreal. A wealthy, widely travelled and accomplished man, Mr. Redpath became President of the Board of Trade and of the Montreal Art Association, but he is best remembered for his noble benefactions to McGill University, consisting principally of the endowment of the Peter Redpath chair of pure Mathematics ; the erection of the Peter Redpath Museum ; the erection of the University Library Building; and of large contributions, in money and books, towards the maintenance and increased usefulness of these important adjuncts. In all, the value of his gifts amounted to about half a million dollars.
After leaving Canada, Mr. and Mrs. Redpath took up their abode at the Manor House, Chiselhurst, Kent, a picturesque, many-gabled mansion, having historic memories of Queen Elizabeth, and her great Chancellor, Walsingham. There Mr. Redpath died February 1st, 1894, aged 73, universally regretted. His widow, who, from the day when she came as a young bride to Canada to the present moment, has been a steadfast friend of every good work in Montreal, has, like her former partner in life, taken an especial interest in the cause of higher education, and both before and since her husband's death, has given largely to McGill University. In 1894 she contributed $ 11, 500 for museum expenses ; in the same year she contributed $40,500 for the maintenance of the library ; and only recently she has completed the building of an additional wing to the Redpath Library. Very fittingly, a portrait and bust of Mr. Redpath, with a portrait of Mrs. Redpath, have been placed by the governors of this great seat of learning in its main gallery.
Residence : The Manor
House, Chiselhurst, Kent, England.
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