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Memorable Manitobans: Duncan McDonald (1856-1920)

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Duncan McDonald
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Implements and real estate, municipal official.

Born on the Isle of Skye, Scotland on 17 March 1856, son of William McDonald and Margaret McCrostie, he emigrated to Canada with his family and settled on a farm at Lucknow, Ontario. In 1880, he came to Manitoba and engaged in the farm and implement business. Two years later, he went into partnership with Peter D. McKinnon in operating a line of supply stores along the construction line of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The partnership dissolved when the line was completed and McDonald settled at Virden where he operated an implements business until 1905 when he established a real estate and insurance business under the name of McDonald, Simpson and Company. He served as a councillor for the Rural Municipality of Wallace (1885-1890) and was Mayor of Virden (1897-1905). He was the Liberal candidate for Virden in the 1910 provincial general election. In 1885, he married Ina Alice English (1863-1941) of Brussels, Ontario and they had five children: Frederick McDonald, Duncan Gordon McDonald, Hugh Elmer McDonald, Hattie English McDonald, and Arnold McDonald. He died at Virden on 19 December 1920 and was buried in the Virden Cemetery.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 September 2018

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