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Memorable Manitobans: John Mackenzie Boyd (1859-1940)

Journalist, school administrator, art critic.

Born at Montrose, Scotland in July 1859, he served in the Marines and rattled around eastern Canada as a journalist before settling down as registrar of the Winnipeg School of Art in 1914. A regular contributor to the Manitoba Free Press on art and activities at the school, he was regarded by many students as the person who held the school together. He died at his Winnipeg home, 690 Simcoe Street, on 5 January 1940 and was buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto.


“Congratulations,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 July 1939, page 9.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“J. M. Boyd, Art School Registrar, is buried,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 January 1940, page 5.

“At the W.S.A.,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 January 1940, page 13.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 December 2018

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