T. Raddall

Dr. Thomas H. Raddall

by Lynton Martin

Thomas Raddall was born in 1903 in Hythe, Kent, England, the son of Lieut. Col. T.H. Raddall and Ellen (Gifford) Raddall. He came to Nova Scotia with his parents in 1913. He was educated in schools in England and in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

He served in the Canadian Merchant Marine from 1919 until 1921 and then went to Sable Island as a wireless operator from 1921 until 1922. In 1923 he came to Liverpool to serve as the accountant for pulp and paper mills on the Mersey River. In 1927 he married Edith Margaret Freeman, and in 1938 became a full time writer.

Some of his best known publications are as follows:


  • His Majesty's Yankees (1942)
  • Pride's Fancy (1948)
  • The Nymph and the Lamp (1950)
  • The Wings of Night (1957)
  • The Path of Destiny: Canada from the British Conquest to Home Rule (1957)
  • Footsteps on Old Floors (1968)
  • Roger Sudden (1946)
  • The Governor's Lady (1960)
  • Tidefall (1953)
  • Halifax, Warden of the North (1948)
  • The Rover: The Story of a Canadian Privateer (1958)
  • In My Time, A Memoir (1976)


For distinguished service to Canadian literature, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He received the Governor General's Award three times, the Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Canada, and the Gold Medal from the University of Alberta.

He was given honorary degrees by Dalhousie University, the University of King's College, Saint Mary's University and Saint Francis Xavier University.


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