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Memorable Manitobans: John Richard Borthistle (1875-1933)


Born at Dublin, Ireland on 4 April 1875, son of Robert Borthistle and Annie Gick, he was employed in the Railway Clearing House until his eyesight failed and he emigrated to Canada in April 1893. He worked on some farms in the vicinity of Minnedosa, Manitoba for two years then returned to Ireland. He came back to Manitoba in 1896 and purchased a farm near Minnedosa where he raised livestock and grew crops. On 14 April 1897 he married Jessie Sharpe, daughter of Joseph and Jessie Sharpe, sister of R. T. C. Sharpe, of Minnedosa. They had five children: Annie Norine Borthistle (b 1898), Richard Arnold Borthistle (b 1900), Osborne Robert Borthistle (b 1902), Cecil Herbert Borthistle (b 1905), and Albert Strahan Borthistle (b 1909).

He died at Winnipeg on 5 April 1933.


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

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 October 2009

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