Judge Begbie's Pot

Judge Begbie's  Pot

Mathew Begbie was appointed the first Chief Justice of the Colony of British Columbia in 1858 and continued to serve in this capacity, although his title changed as the government structure evolved from colony to province, until his death in 1894. He has become a legendary figure in part due to his stature- 6 ft. 5 inches, but more for his ability to gain the respect of men from all nations and backgrounds and to keep the peace through fair judgments. He traveled on foot and on horseback hundreds of miles enforcing justice. This cooking pot belonged to Judge Begbie and was used by him when he was on circuit.