Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 143 years

Memorable Manitobans: Percival James McKay (1891-1957)


Born at Collingwood, Ontario in 1891, son of Peter McKay and Mary MacGregor, brother of J. M. McKay, he came to Manitoba with his family around 1898 and eventually assisted in the operation of his father’s store. On 10 April 1924, he married Lena Barron (1899-1992) at Portage la Prairie. He served as a School Trustee for the Swan River School, Mayor of Swan River (1934-1937), and was a candidate in the 1949 provincial general election. He moved to Winnipeg in 1953 and died there in 1957. He was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 May 1957, page 2.

Obituary [Lena McKay], Swan Valley Star and Times, 24 February 1993, page 24.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 July 2018

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society. We acknowledge that the collection contains both reputable and disreputable people. All are worth remembering as a lesson to future generations.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z

Send corrections and additions to this page
to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban | Firsts | Acknowledgements

Help us keep
history alive!

MHS YouTube Channel

Back to top of page

For queries on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations

© 1998-2022 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.