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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Beattie (1866-?)


Born at Aberdeenshire, Scotland on 7 March 1866, son of James Beattie and Catherine Griach, the family emigrated to Canada when he was 16. He learned carpentry and bridge-building and worked for six years for the Dominion Bridge Company of Montreal. He then did similar work for the Great Northern Railway and, while in their service, bought some ranch land in Manitoba. He then spent the next two years building grain elevators in western Canada, while continuing to add to his land holdings.

He was married to Betsey Jane Chapman. They had six children: Catherine E. M. Beattie, Beatrice Maud Beattie, Alice Irene Beattie, Robert R. Beattie, Helen Susan Beattie, and Roland Griach Beattie. They attended the Presbyterian church.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 December 2015

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