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Memorable Manitobans: John Brown McLaren (1855-1916)

Lawyer, manager.

Born at Carlton, Ontario in November 1855, son of Peter McLaren and Isabella Brown, he came to Manitoba in the early 1880s and worked as a barrister, solicitor and notary public at Nelson in partnership with J. H. Haverson, later moving to Morden where he built up a large practice. From 1890 to 1892 he was a Bencher for the Law Society of Manitoba. An agent for the Canada Land and National Investment Company while at Morden, around 1900 he gave up legal work and moved to Winnipeg to become the company’s Manager. On 15 November 1882, he married Wilhelmina Brough (?-1941) of Gananoque, Ontario. They had no children. While resident in Nelson, he was a member of the AF & AM (Belmont Lodge No. 13). He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 31 March 1916.


Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.

“City and province,” Manitoba Free Press, 22 November 1882, page 8.

Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba, Tenth Annual Communication, Winnipeg: Walker & May, 1885.

Promotional literature, Canada Land and National Investment Company, Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives, Volume 4180, Folder 5.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“J. B. M’Laren dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 1 April 1916, page 5.

“Mrs. J. B. McLaren dies at Victoria,” Manitoba Free Press, 1 September 1941, page 2.

We thank Bruce Wiebe for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 June 2014

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