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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Laughlin McQuarrie (1896-1968)


Born at Minnedosa on 21 February 1896, son of Thomas Chalmers McQuarrie (1858-1921) and Mary Cameron Smith (1863-?), he was educated in Minnedosa. In 1917, he enlisted in the military and served two years in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and Royal Flying Corps. After the First World War, he articled in law with James F. Kilgour and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1925. He became a member of Kilgour, Foster & McQuarrie and later joined the firm of Coldwell, Coleman & Kerr. During the Second World War, he rejoined the military in August 1940 and served as Assistant Judge Advocate-General in charge of internment camp operations. He made a King’s Counsel in 1944. On 20 November 1926, he married Norma Henrietta Andrew (?-?) of Minnedosa and they had one daughter. He served as President of the Brandon Kinsmens Club (1927) and Vice-President of Canadian Kinsmens Clubs (1928-1929). Active in Conservative politics, in 1929 he was President of the Federated Young Conservative Clubs of Manitoba. He was a member of the Brandon Masons, Canadian Club of Brandon, and Anglican church. He retired to Victoria, British Columbia in 1949 and died there on 5 March 1968.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“McQuarrie – Andrew,” Brandon Sun, 26 November 1926, page 10.

“R. L. McQuarrie,” Brandon Sun, 21 May 1930, page 20.

“Major McQuarrie named Assistant Judge Advocate,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 January 1942, page 18.

“Nine new K.C.’s appointed,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 January 1944, page 13.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 12 March 1968, page 10.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 July 2018

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