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Memorable Manitobans: Hugh Northcote Baird (1877-1948)

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Click to enlargeBorn at Montreal, Quebec in 1877, son of John Baird, he was educated at a Montreal public school. In 1902, he came to Winnipeg and commenced a career in the export grain business, as a stock, bond and grain broker with the firm of Baird & Botterell in the Grain Exchange Building, Winnipeg. He served on the council of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange, being its president from 1908 to 1909. In 1919, during the Winnipeg General Strike, he was Chair of the Finance Committee of the Citizen’s Committee of 1,000.

In 1904, he married Lillian Edith Pender of Montreal. They had two children: John Northcote Baird (b 1906) and Cecile Elizabeth Baird (b 1910). He was a member of the Manitoba Club and St. Charles Country Club, serving as President of the latter from 1923 to 1924. He lived at 384 Wardlaw Avenue from 1904 to 1905.

In 1924, he moved to Montreal to become head of the National Steel Car Company.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 July 2011

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