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Memorable Manitobans: William Clarkson Clarke (1834-1883)

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William C. Clarke
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Born at Inverness, Scotland on 28 October 1834, his early education was at London, England before coming to Canada as a teenager. In 1852, he entered Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, receiving his BA degree in 1855. Later that year, he entered Theology, receiving his Testamur in 1858, and was ordained a Minister in the Presbyterian Church of Canada, in connection with the Church of Scotland. He was sent by church authorities as a missionary to the people of the Red River Settlement, arriving here late in 1873. He assisted in the organization of Knox Presbyterian Church. An active Mason, having joined in March 1859, he was elected the first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba in 1875. He attended the laying of the cornerstone for Winnipeg’s first City Hall, on 17 August 1875. He later returned to Ontario and died at Belleville, Ontario on 16 October 1883.


This page was prepared by Stan Barclay and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 September 2016

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