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Memorable Manitobans: James Russell McRae (1867-1927)


Born at Richmond, Ontario on 26 June 1867, son of Alexander McRae and Ann Jane Conley, brother of John C. McRae and Alexander Conley McRae, he came to Winnipeg in 1890. He attended Manitoba College and graduated in 1896. After completing his medical studies, he practiced for 17 years at Neepawa then returned to Winnipeg in 1913 where he practiced in the Curry Building. On 22 February 1899, he married Catherine McIntosh (1867-1932, sister-in-law of James Henry Howden) and they had three sons: Homer Glenn McRae (1900-1901), Harold Russell McRae (1902-1977) and Malcolm Hector McRae (1903-1983). He died at his Winnipeg home, Suite 2, Cycel Court, on 7 February 1927 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


“People we talk about,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 December 1890, page 8.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Dr. J. R. McRae, in Manitoba 35 years, is dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 February 1927, page 8.

“Mrs. Catherine McRae, Manitoba pioneer, dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 February 1932, page 3.

Obituary [Harold R. McRae], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 April 1977, page 31.

Obituary [Malcolm H. McRae], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 June 1983, page 53.

We thank M. Glenn McRae for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 January 2020

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