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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Barclay (1840-1907)

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Robert Barclay
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Businessman and horticulturist.

Born at Paisley, Scotland on 16 April 1840, son of James Barclay, he was educated in Edinburgh and came to Canada in 1882. He farmed for four years at Balmoral. He married Elizabeth Millar (c1847-1915) of Rattray, Scotland. There were no children. He served on the Winnipeg City Council from 1900 to 1903, representing Ward 2, and was Deputy Mayor under John Arbuthnot. He was a candidate in the December 1903 and December 1904 municipal elections but was defeated each time. His many interests included the St. Andrew’s Society, Horticultural Society of Manitoba, Humane Society of Manitoba, and Masonic fraternity. He died at Winnipeg on 18 May 1907 and was buried in the Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery.


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

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 July 2020

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