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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Murray Matheson (1871-1945)

Lawyer, judge.

Born at Woodstock, Ontario in 1871, son of Gilbert Matheson and Anna Sutherland, he came to Brandon in 1884 where he practiced law for a number of years and was made a King’s Counsel in 1916. He also served as city solicitor and crown prosecutor, and was a Bencher for the Law Society of Manitoba (1927-1940). In 1940 he was appointed city magistrate and judge of the juvenile court, serving until retirement in December 1944, when he was succeeded by William Stordy. He also served on the Brandon School Board. A brother-in-law of John William Fleming, he died at Brandon on 20 October 1945 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Nine new K.C.’s,” Manitoba Free Press, 24 May 1916, page 5.

“R. M. Matheson, former Brandon magistrate, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 October 1945. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 October 2021

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