Horatio Gilbert Parker (1862-1932), author, journalist, and politician, was born in Canada West. He was educated at Trinity University, Toronto and was ordained a deacon of the Church of England in 1882. After a brief career in journalism in Australia, Parker settled in England in 1889 where he became a member of Parliament representing Gravesend from 1900-1918, and was a leading figure in the Unionist party. In 1916, he became a member of the Privy Council. He was knighted in 1902. He was the author of numerous novels and stories, mostly romances with Canadian settings, and poems, many of which were set to music.