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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Barclay (1840-1907)

Click to enlargeBusinessman and horticulturist.

Born 16 April 1840, son of James Barclay of Paisley, Scotland. He was educated in Edinburgh and came to Canada in 1882. He farmed for four years at Balmoral. He married Elizabeth Miller of Rattray, Scotland. There were no children.

He was elected to Winnipeg City Council from 1900 to 1903, serving Ward 2, and was deputy Mayor under John Arbuthnot. His many interests included the St. Andrew’s Society, the Horticultural Society of Manitoba, the Humane Society of Manitoba, and the Masonic order.

He died 18 May 1907.


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

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

Page revised: 7 August 2009

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