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Memorable Manitobans: David McNaught (1837-1922)

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David McNaught
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Liveryman, lumber merchant, MLA (1892-1895), MLA (1896-1899).

Born at Penpont, Dumfriesshire, Scotland on 28 May 1837, son of John McNaught and Mary Kirkpatrick, the family emigrated to Canada in 1845 and settled at Brantford, Ontario. They later moved to a farm near Mitchell in Perth County, where he learned the blacksmith trade. For several years he conducted a blacksmith business and wagon shop at Seaforth, Ontario. Graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1872, he came to Manitoba in 1881 and settled at Rapid City. There he operated a livery stable and blacksmithery, was a veterinarian, and later had a lumberyard. He and his sons ran a stagecoach between Rapid City and Brandon.

He and wife Rebecca Ross (1846-1930) had eight children: Margaret McNaught (c1865-?, wife of George S. Stone), John McNaught (c1866-?), William J. McNaught (c1868-?), Thomas McNaught (1870-?), Bernard Ross McNaught, Carrie McNaught (1876-?), Mabel Emily McNaught (1877-?, wife of Hampton Hindson), and Laura Sarah McNaught (1880-?, wife of George N. Hindson). He was active in municipal governance as a member of the Odanah county council and as Mayor of Rapid City. He served two terms in the Manitoba Legislature, representing the constituency of Saskatchewan, being elected in the 1892 and 1896 general elections.

He died at Rapid City on 10 August 1922 and was buried in the Rapid City Cemetery.


1881 Canada census, FamilySearch.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Former M.L.A. dies at Rapid City, Man.,” undated newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

“David McNaught passes to his reward,” Rapid City Reporter, 17 August 1922, page 1.

Rapid City and District: Our Past for the Future by Rapid City Historical Society, page 297-298.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 April 2022

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