Memorable Manitobans: Stuart Rawlston Laidlaw (1876-1960)
Born at Havelock, Ontario on 3 March 1876, He came to Western Canada as a child, traveling by oxcart to the “Boyne Settlement” (now Carman, Manitoba) where his family settled around 1885. He graduated with a law degree from Wesley College and opened a law practice at Winnipeg. He was a member of the Shamrock lacrosse team, the first Canadian team to win the Olympic gold medal at St. Louis in 1909, and he played on the Shamrock football team. On 15 August 1906, he married Wilhelmina Bell. They had five children: Fred Locksley Laidlaw (b 1909), Stuart Douglas Laidlaw (b 1912), Robert A. Laidlaw, William E. Laidlaw (b 1913), and Sara B. Laidlaw (b 1914; Mrs. J. H. Moir). He was a member of the Granite Curling Club, the Elmhurst Golf Club, and Masons (Northern Light Lodge No. 10). He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 22 November 1960.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
1916 Canada census, Ancestry.
“Former Winnipeggers celebrate golden wedding at coast” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 August 1956, page 16.
Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
“S. R. Laidlaw, once lawyer here, dies” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 November 1960, page 49.
Page revised: 21 December 2009
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