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Memorable Manitobans: Neil John McGillvray McGregor (1864-1938)

Insurance inspector, municipal official.

Born at Chatsworth, Ontario on 7 August 1864, son of Duncan McGregor (c1837-?) and Jessie McGregor (c1843-?), he came to Winnipeg in 1882 and served with a Winnipeg Regiment in the 1885 North West Rebellion. He settled at Bird’s Hill in 1892 and, on 21 December 1896, married Kemptville, Ontario native and Bird’s Hill School teacher Isabelle Cranstoun [Cranston] Poole (1867-1952) at St. Paul. The couple had six children: Isabel Cranstoun McGregor (1900-1976), Duncan Grant McGregor (1901-?), Marion Alice McGregor (1903-?, wife of John Chalmers McCuaig), Jessie Moir McGregor (1906-?, wife of James Barclay Cram), Helen Beatrice McGregor (1908-?), and Lesley Evelyn McGregor (1911-2007, wife of Ronald Frederick Swaine). He served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of St. Paul (1900-1902) and a Director of the Bird’s Hill Farmers’ Institute. In 1902, he began working for the Toronto General Trust Corporation and moved to Winnipeg in 1918. His employment with the company continued until his death, when he held rank of Inspector for Western Canada, with operations primarily in Manitoba. He was a member of the Woodmen of the World and the St. Andrew’s Society. He died at his Winnipeg residence, 887 Dorchester Avenue, on 18 January 1938 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


1871 & 1901 Canada censes, Library and Archives Canada.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Social and personal [Mr. and Mrs. Neil John McGregor,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 March 1932, page 26.

“N.J. McGregor, 73, pioneer Manitoba resident, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 January 1938, page 6.

“Mrs. Isabel Cranstoun McGregor,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 1952, page 26.

Death notice [Isabel Cranstoun McGregor], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 January 1952, page 23.

Obituary [Isabel Cranstoun McGregor], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 July 1976, page 23.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 26 December 2015

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