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Memorable Manitobans: Alfred Campbell Garrioch (1848-1934)

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Born at Kildonan on 20 February 1848, of mixed-blood origin, he studied theology at St. John’s College during the Red River Rebellion of 1869-1870. He negotiated with Louis Riel for safe passage for his brother, one of the Portage la Prairie party that attempted to free prisoners in February 1870 and ended up prisoners of the Métis. He was later ordained as an Anglican priest, serving in Peace River and then in Manitoba. While in England in 1885 he published several translations into the Beaver language, as well as an English-Beaver and Cree dictionary. After retiring in 1905, he wrote a number of autobiographical works, including First Furrows (1923) and The Correction Line (1933).

He and wife Agnes Bertha Crabbe (1864-1947) had twelve children: Frank C. Garrioch (1886-?), Agnes Ina Garrioch (1889-1975), Alethea M. Garrioch (1890-?, wife of W. J. Barling), Alfred Stanley Garrioch (1892-1984), Muriel C. Garrioch (1893-1929), John Scott Garrioch, William Vincent Garrioch (1896-?), Robert Harold Garrioch (1897-?), Aldous Vernon Garrioch (1898-1977, husband of Gladys Mary Bartlett), Jessie Vivian Garrioch (1900-1900), Verena Lillian Garrioch (1901-1979), and Dorothy Frederica Garrioch (1906-1978).

He died at his Winnipeg home, 599 Mulvey Avenue, on 2 December 1934 and was buried in St. Mary’s La Prairie Anglican Cemetery. He is commemorated by Garrioch Avenue in Winnipeg.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Rev. A. C. Garrioch noted historian and author, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 December 1934, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 December 1934, page 18.

Obituary [Alfred Stanley Garrioch], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 December 1984, page 60.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 October 2018

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