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Memorable Manitobans: Archibald P. “Archie” McDiarmid (1852-1946)

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Archibald P. McDiarmid
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Born at Yarmouth, Elgin County, Ontario on 10 June 1852, son of John McDiarmid and Christina McEwen, he entered the Baptist ministry after graduation from the University of Toronto in 1876. He married Ida Kate Merrill (1859-1910) in 1879 and they had three daughters: Eva McDiarmid (1880-1966, wife of Charles Squires), Edna Murial McDiarmid (1894-1973, wife of Gordon Augustus Stovel), and Ruth McDiarmid (1896-1966). He received a doctorate in Divinity from Rochester College in 1899, afterwards moving to Brandon where he became the first President of Brandon College. He served until 1912 when he quit in poor health and moved to British Columbia and bought a fruit farm at Robson. He died there on 24 January 1946.


Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Dr. A. McDiarmid, Brandon College founder, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 January 1946. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

We thank Geoff Stovel for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 August 2019

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