From: "Canadian Men & Women of the Time 1898"
Ed. by Henry James Morgan, Toronto 1898
WEIR, Arthur, poet, is the yonngest son of William Weir. Born in Montreal, June 17, 1864, he was educated at the High School in that city, and graduated into McGill University in 1882, with the degree of Associate in Arts. He entered for the degree of B. Ap. Sc. in the department of practical chemistry, and, after taking many prizes, including the Governor General’s medal, received his degree in the advanced course in 1886.
While at the University he was editor-in-chief of the University Gazette. Devoting himself to journalism, he was for some years on the editorial staff of the Montreal Star, and, later, was with the Journal of Commerce. His articles on financial and commercial topics, at that time and since, have given him an assured reputation as a writer on such subjects. In 1894 he commenced the publication of the Stockbrokers’ and Investors’ Annual. At present (1898) he is preparing for publication a volume on “The Commercial Development of Canada” He is Secretary of La Banque Ville Marie.
Mr. Weir's first attempts in verse were made when a boy for the amusement of his school-mates. His first volume "Fleur de Lys,” appeared in 1887, and gave him at once a position as a poet. Professor Roberts spoke of him as among our very strongest sonneteers.” His second volume: "The Romance of Sir Richard, Sonnets and other Poems" (1890), confirmed the good impression previously made, and established his right to be included among American poets. His third volume: "The Snowflake, and other Poems", appeared in 1896. Some of his sonnets have been widely copied, and may he found in such anthologies as “The Lovers’ Year-Book,” “The Younger American Poets,” “Modern Scottish Poets,” and in “Songs of the Great Dominion”.
He is a member of the Haliburton Society of N. S., a life-member of the Hobby Club, Detroit, and an honorary member of the Society of Canadian Literature.
In 1895 he was selected to read the inaugural poem at the unveiling of the national monument to Sir John Macdonald at Ottawa. He also wrote the inaugural poem for the unveiling of the monument to Maisonneuve, dedicated on the same day.
In religion he is an Anglican. He married, in 1890, Louise Skead, daughter of the late Robert Skead, Ottawa.
Address: 4112 Western Ave., Westmount, Montreal