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Memorable Manitobans: Edward McCoskrie (c1822-1893)


Born in Scotland around 1822, he gained experience as an engineer and contractor before emigrating to Canada. He came to Winnipeg in 1875 and worked as a contractor, undertaking the reconstruction of the Canadian Pacific Hotel. By 1879, he was practicing as an architect and had partnered with Joseph Greenfield. The partnership was short-lived, however, and McCoskrie moved to Brandon in June 1882. He relocated to Calgary, North West Territories (now Alberta) in February 1884 and to Vancouver, British Columbia in early 1888. The following year, he moved to Victoria where he died on 5 June 1893.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Daly House

122 Eighteenth Street, Brandon



St. Matthew’s Anglican Church

217 Eleventh Street, Brandon


Demolished (1912)


1891 Canada census, Ancestry.

Death registration [Edward McCoskier], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada: 1800-1950.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 April 2015

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