From: "History and Gazetteer of Montreal to the Year 1892"
by Rev. J. Douglas Borthwick, Montreal, 1892
Was born at Hatley, Province of Quebec, in 1838. His father was Registrar of the District of St. Francis. He was called to the Bar in 1852, and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1867. After his admission to the Bar he commenced practice in Sherbrooke, and afterwards associated in partnership the late Mr Borlase.
In 1860, he removed to Montreal and became a member of the firm of Rose, Monk & Ritchic. When Mr. Monk was raised to the Bench, the firm then was named Rose & Ritchie. When Sir John Rose left Canada for England, Mr. Ritchie associated with him J. L. Morris and W. Rose as partners. Mr. W. Rose not long after also left to reside in England, and Mr. Morris retired. Mr. Ritchie then took his son, Mr. W. F. Ritchie, as partner, under the title of Ritchie & Ritchie .
Mr. Ritchie was one of the most prominent members of the Bar of the Province of Quehec. He stood high in rank as an Advocate in Commercial Law, and held many important offices during his lifetime. At the time of his sudden death he was Solicitor to the Bank of Montreal and the Hudson Bay Company. he was both a Direetor of and Solicitor to the Montreal, Portland & Boston Railway, also Solicitor to the following various insurance Companies : Standard, Canada Life, Commercial Union and Phoenix Fire. For many years he acted as Crown Prosecutor for the District of Montreal.
He died suddenly on September 4, 1882, when on board "The
Lady of the Lake" steam-boat, when, with a party, he was taking
a trip on Lake Memphremagog. His son is now associated as partner with
Leo Davidson, Esq., D.C. L.. and the firm
is Davidson & Ritchie. His daughter,
Miss Grace Ritchie is one of the most
talented young ladies who have studied either for Law or Medicine. She
has chosen the latter sphere, and is fast making her mark in the profession.