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Memorable Manitobans: John S. McDiarmid (1846-1936)

Physician, Mayor of Brandon (1892-1894, 1899-1900).

Born at Fingal, Ontario on 4 June 1846, he came to Brandon in the spring of 1882 and practiced medicine. He served two terms as Mayor of Brandon. On 29 May 1877, he married Mary Amelia Ferguson (1853-1930) at Middlesex County, Ontario and they subsequently had two children: Alfred Reginald “Reg” McDiarmid and Anna Florence McDiarmid (1881-?, wife of Alexander Robertson Cochrane). He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church. He died at Brandon on 16 October 1936 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery. He is commemorated by McDiarmid Drive in Brandon.


Ontario birth and marriage registrations, Ancestry.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Wedding announced,” Brandon Sun, 17 June 1909.

“Cochrane - McDiarmid,” Brandon Sun, 22 June 1909.

Western Municipal News, November 1936, page 337.

“Dr. John McDiarmid dies at age of ninety after long residence,” Brandon Sun, 16 October 1936, page 6.

“Dr. John McDiarmid, of Brandon, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 October 1936, page 15.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

We thank Sandy Jasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 November 2021

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