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David Boyle (born Greenock, Scotland 1 May 1842- died Toronto 14 February 1911) was a Canadian blacksmith, teacher, archaeologist, musicologist, and historian.

Boyle arrived in Canada from Scotland in 1856 and apprenticed to a blacksmith. He would be come a teacher in rural Ontario in 1865, and school principal in Elora from 1871-1881. Boyle followed what were then "radical child-centered theories"[1] of Johann Pestalozzi.

In 1884, Boyle became curator of the Canadian Institute Museum, a post he held until 1896, and of the Ontario Provincial Museum, then housed in the Canadian Institute Building, from 1886-1911. An Ontario Historical Plaque was erected by the province to commemorate David Boyle's role in Ontario's heritage. [2] His work served as the basis for archaeology as a serious scientific discipline in the province. Between 1887 and 1911, he published Annual Archaeological Reports for Ontario, Canada's first journal primarily dedicated to archaeology.

Boyle was also a history buff and preservationist, as well as the author of a book of nonsense poetry for children.


  1. ^ Killan, Gerald. "Boyle, David" in The Canadian Encyclopedia (Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 1988), Volume 1, p.264.
  2. ^ Ontario Plaque


  • Killan, Gerald. "Boyle, David" in The Canadian Encyclopedia, Volume 1, p. 264. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 1988.


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