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Memorable Manitobans: George Duncan Macvicar [McVicar] (1846-1889)

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George D. Macvicar
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Born at Chatham, Ontario in 1846, son of Duncan Macvicar and Elizabeth Duncan, he was educated by his uncles Dr. Malcolm MacVicar of Potsdam Academy of New York and Dr. Donald H. MacVicar of the Presbyterian College of Montreal.

He first came to Winnipeg in 1869 and was imprisoned by Louis Riel during the 1870 resistance. He escaped and joined J. C. Schultz in a journey by snowshoe and dogsled from Fort Alexander to Duluth, Minnesota. He returned to Winnipeg in late 1870, with his brother John Macvicar and they formed the implement supply company of J. & G. D. Macvicar. Later, he built the first woolen mill in Western Canada, on the east bank of the Red River in St. Boniface. The mill operated for several years but ultimately failed due to fire losses and business reverses. Macvicar then negotiated an appointment as an appraiser in the customs house, and eventually became Western Manager of the Free Hold Loan and Savings Company, which later amalgamated with the Canada Permanent Mortgage Corporation.

He married Josephine Larwell (1844-1921), daughter of MP Edwin Larwell. They had six children who lived to adulthood: Jessie Winter Macvicar (1874-1930, wife of D. M. Duncan), Edwin Larwill Macvicar, Elizabeth Maude Macvicar (1876-1965), Helena Sarah “Nell” Macvicar, Malcolm Guthrie Macvicar (1881-1942), and George Duncan Macvicar (1882-1956). In 1883, he served a term on the Winnipeg city council. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity.

He died at Winnipeg on 21 June 1889 and was buried in the Old Kildonan Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

Death registrations [George Duncan McVicar, Jessie Winter Duncan], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Old settler dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 22 June 1889, page 4.

“Funeral of the late Mr. McVicar,” Manitoba Free Press, 24 June 1889, page 4.

“Mrs. George D. Macvicar, Winnipeg pioneer, succumbs,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 September 1921, page 2.

“Edwin L. Macvicar,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 December 1938, page 2.

“M. G. Macvicar succumbs Friday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 October 1942, page 10.

“G. D. Macvicar, barrister, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1957, page 11.

Obituary [Elizabeth Maude Macvicar], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 June 1965, page 36.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 September 2016

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