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Memorable Manitobans: Daniel Barnabus McIlroy (1849-1921)

Builder and contractor.

Born at Glasgow, Scotland on 11 June 1849, he emigrated to Canada with his parents, settling at Nottawasaga, Ontario. He came to Winnipeg in 1875, coming by way of the Dawson route from Port Arthur. In 1879 he married Anne McGrath; they had five children. During the Winnipeg land boom of 1881-82, he became one of the city’s wealthiest men but, like many others, lost most of it in the subsequent collapse. For 30 years he engaged in contracting and building demolition.

He died at Winnipeg on 26 February 1921 and was buried in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.


“Daniel McIlroy Dies; Lived Here 46 Years” Newspaper clipping dated 28 February 1921. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Page revised: 11 February 2009

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