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Memorable Manitobans: David Warnock McGilvray (1865-1947)


Born at Glasgow, Scotland on 3 March 1865, son of John McGillvray and Catherine Warnock, in early life he apprenticed to the grocery and provision business at Glasgow, spending six years with Leggett & Son. He came to Canada in 1886, arriving first at Birtle and moving to Binscarth in 1889 where he worked for the firm of Brown and Smellie (later Smellie Brothers Limited). Later he became a partner in the business, and manager of its Binscarth store, and continued until retirement in 1930.

On 10 January 1900, he married Florence Agnes Broadwood (1869-1947), daughter of Thomas Broadwood of Drayton, Ontario. They had five sons: David Broadwood McGilvray (1901-?), James William McGilvray (1904-?), Ronald Alexander McGilvray (1906-?), John Maxwell McGilvray, and William Andrew McGilvray (1910-?). He was Chairman of the Binscarth School Board for many years and a member of the Binscarth municipal council. He was a member of the Credit Men’s Association, Harmony Lodge, IOOF, and Knox Presbyterian Church.

He died at Binscarth on 21 September 1947 and was buried in the Binscarth Cemetery.


1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“David W. McGilvary of Binscarth dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 September 1947, page 13.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 July 2021

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