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Memorable Manitobans: John Farquhar Bain (1849-1905)

Lawyer, judge.

Born at Perth, Ontario in 1849, son of the Reverend William Bain, D.D., and Anne Urquart Bain. He graduated from Queen’s University in 1867 with a BA degree, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1871. Later the same year he came to Manitoba, and in 1873 formed a partnership with Sedley Blanchard (later also with W. R. Mulock) which was the pioneer law firm in the North-West. He was a participant in the December 1878 ceremony to mark the opening of the first railway to Winnipeg. A co-founder of the Manitoba Historical Society, in June 1879, he was treasurer of the Law Society of Manitoba for several years. He also served as a Bencher for the Society, from 1877 to 1881 and again in 1886. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1887, and on 15 November 1887 was raised to the Bench as Puisne Judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench. He served as a President of the Manitoba Club and, in 1877, was a member of the First Convocation of the University of Manitoba. He was unmarried, and died in Montreal on 12 May 1905. He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery at Perth, Ontario.


“Wm. R. Mulock, K.C., dies, aged 80 years”, Manitoba Free Press, 21 January 1930. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

We thank Pat Allan for providing additional information used in this profile.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 May 2018

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