Robert Stanley Weir

Robert Stanley Weir (November 15, 1856 – August 20, 1926) was a Montreal, Quebec judge and poet most famous for writing the English lyrics to "O Canada", the national anthem of Canada. He was educated as a teacher and lawyer and considered one of the leading experts of the day on Quebec's municipal civil law. He was appointed a municipal court judge and a judge for the Exchequer Court of Canada.

Weir published several individual poems in magazines and collections in books. His lyrics for the English version of "O Canada" eclipsed many others' lyrical attempts and songs to quickly become the most popular patriotic song in Canada for the past century.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1856 (Hamilton), Died 1926 (Lake Memphremagog)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1908 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, author

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-6140 10-in. 4/23/1908 O Canada Harold Jarvis Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-20458 10-in. 7/26/1917 Our father's land of old Alan Turner Male vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor BVE-45612 10-in. 6/7/1928 O Canada Edward Johnson Tenor vocal solo, with male vocal quartet and orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 38880 10-in. 5/24/1913 O Canada Columbia Mixed Quartette Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Weir, Robert Stanley," accessed May 31, 2023,

Weir, Robert Stanley. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 31, 2023, from

"Weir, Robert Stanley." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 31 May 2023.

DAHR Persistent Identifier


Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license


Send the Editors a message about this record.