by George J. Dance


Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton (1849-1937). Courtesy Acadia University Archives.

Born December 10, 1849
Kentville, Nova Scotia
Died July 15, 1937
Nationality Canada Canadian
Citizenship British subject
Notable work(s) Acadian Legends and Lyrics.
Notable award(s) Doctor of Civil Law

Rev. Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton (December 10, 1849 - July 15, 1937)[1] was a Canadian poet, cleric, and academic.[2]


Eaton was born in Kentville, Nova Scotia, the son of Anna Augusta Willougby (Hamilton) and William Eaton.[1]

He attended Dalhousie College, Halifax, and Harvard University, from which he graduated in 1880 (in the same class as Theodore Roosevelt).[2]

He was ordained a deacon of the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1884, and a priest in 1885.[2]

Eaton served for some years as a professor in New York, gaining a reputation in academic circles. He wrote and published several historical works, and several volumes of poetry.[2]

He died in Boston. He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Kentville.[3]


New York Tribune: "Mr. Eaton's Acadian Legends are characterized by melody, pathos, a strong feeling for nature, and refined taste. The spirit of Evangeline's country has been absorbed by the poet, who celebrates the Gaspereau and all the region round about with a tender melancholy fitted to the scene and its associations. He has caught the old world atmosphere which surrounds and mellows that beautiful land, and has given to his verse a softness and repose which are in perfect keeping with the subject."[2]

Sir Charles G.D. Roberts: "These verses are direct, unstrained, natural, and always simple in form and motive. There is much easy melody, much tenderness of mood, much faithful and effective description. In the Acadian Legends Mr. Eaton may be said to revive that pleasant art that has long been in disuse, the art of telling a not very striking story in verse, and adding an evasive grace which persuades one that the tale was worth telling. The Lyrics are human and wholesome, almost without exception, and improve on close acquaintance."[2]


Eaton was made an honorary Doctor of Civil Law by the University of King's College in 1905.[2]





I Watch The Ships (Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton Poem)

I Watch The Ships (Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton Poem)

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton, Four Nova Scotia Families. Web, Jan. 28, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 John W. Garvin, "Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton," Canadian Poets (Toronto: McClelland, Goodchild and Stewart, 1916), 198, Digital Library, University of Pennsylvania, Web, Feb. 14, 2012.
  3. Reverend Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton, D.D., The Nova Scotia Eatons. Web, Apr. 6, 2017.
  4. Search results = au: Arthur Wentworth Eaton, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Aug. 9, 2013.

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