Memorable Manitobans: Henry Nesbitt MacNeill (1863-1948)
Lawyer, civil servant, community activist.
Born in Scotland on 2 February 1863, he came to Canada in 1886 where he later resided in Winnipeg and Dauphin. A lawyer by training, he was Registrar at the Dauphin Land Titles Office from 1912 and he played a leading role in Dauphin public affairs as a charter member of the Dauphin General Hospital. He served many years as Chairman on the hospital board of directors from its establishment in 1901 to when he became life honorary Chairman in 1945. He was a member of the Commission on Status and Salaries of Teachers (1919) and President of the Manitoba School Trustees Association (1926-1931).
He was made a life member of the Manitoba Educational Association and, in May 1937, received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Manitoba. He died at Dauphin on 12 May 1948 and was buried in the Dauphin Cemetery. He is commemorated by MacNeill School in Dauphin.
1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.
“Dr. H. M. MacNeill, dies at Dauphin,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 May 1948. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 18]
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Joshua Watt for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 9 March 2023