Memorable Manitobans: John Taylor Borthwick (1849-1926)
Born at Hamilton, Ontario on 2 September 1849, son of Hugh Jamieson Borthwick and Marion Taylor (1832-1913), he moved to Kingston where he attended school and was a classmate of Hugh John Macdonald. He finished his education at Ottawa then came to Manitoba in 1879 and homesteaded at Mountain City. In 1881, he married Isabella Scott (1857-1935) and they had nine children: Elizabeth Murray Borthwick (1882-1964, wife of Thomas Joseph Edgar Campbell), William Hugh Borthwick (1883-1916, husband of Maud Louise Hannah), Helen Jamesson Borthwick (1885-1951, wife of Abram P. Van Buren), John Alexander Borthwick (1886-1966), Daisy Agnes Borthwick (1889-1971, wife of William Roland Lowe), David Scott Borthwick (1891-1916, husband of Honora Louise Finn), Hugh Taylor Borthwick (1893-1958, husband of Lillian Winnifred Bloxam), Isabelle Marion Borthwick (1895-1993, wife of Lorin Edgar Slater), and Kathleen Virginia Borthwick (1898-1966, wife of W. Leslie). He served as Reeve for the Rural Municipality of Stanley (1893-1896, 1900-1904, 1910) and was the Conservative candidate for the Morden constituency in the 1896 provincial general election. He was a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and Loyal Orange Lodge. He died at his Morden home on 5 June 1926 and was buried in the Morden Hillside Cemetery.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“John Borthwick dies at Morden, aged 77,” Manitoba Free Press, 7 June 1926, page 4.
“Morden old-timer passes,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 June 1926, page 6.
“Leslie - Borthwick,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 September 1928, page 5.
Obituary [Mrs. John Borthwick], Winnipeg Tribune, 25 March 1935, page 6.
Obituary [Helen Jamesson Van Buren], Calgary Herald, 9 October 1951, page 29.
Obituary [Elizabeth Murray Campbell], Shaunavon Standard, 22 April 1964.
Obituary [John Alexander Borthwick], Winnipeg Tribune, 1 March 1966, page 20.
Obituary [Kathleen Virginie Borthwick-Leslie], Winnipeg Tribune, 27 August 1966, page 17.
Obituary [Daisy Agnes Lowe], Vancouver Sun, 6 November 1971, page 43.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Kelly Attrell (Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre) for providing additional information used here.
Page revised: 16 August 2019
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