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-?) and they had nine children: Elizabeth Murray Borthwick (1872-?, wife of Thomas J. E. Campbell), William Hugh Borthwick (1883-1916), Helen J. Borthwick (1886-?), John A. Borthwick (1889-?), Agnes D. Borthwick (1889-?), David Scott Borthwick (1891-1916), Hugh F. Borthwick (1893-?), Mary Borthwick (1895-?), and Catherine Borthwick (1898-?). 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.
Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 3 February 2019
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