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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Boyd Cumming (1846-1925)

Hospital administrator.

Born in Leeds County, Ontario on 8 July 1846, son of William Cumming and Susanna Cameron, he cleared and farmed land between 1868 and 1877, coming to Winnipeg in the former year and establishing a business. In 1880, he moved to Brandon where he operated a general store as a partner in the firm of Anderson, Cameron and Cumming until 1889, when he was appointed bursar for the Selkirk Insane Asylum. He worked there for 12 years then assumed the same position at the Hospital for the Insane at Brandon.

On 28 October 1891, he married Fern Clark (1862-1949) at Selkirk and they had four children: Peter Allan Cumming (1892-1979), Gordon Clark Cumming (1895-1954, father of Gordon Rosevear Cumming), William Reid Cumming (1896-?), and Isabel Fern Cumming (1899-?). The family resided at 430 Thirteenth Street, Brandon. He was a member of the Masons, Brandon Board of Trade, Canadian Club, and Anglican church.

He died at Brandon on 25 April 1925 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.


Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

Death registration [Peter Allan Cumming], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Marianne Cumming for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 September 2020

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