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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander “Alex” McTaggart (1874-?)


Born at Burgoyne, Bruce County, Ontario on 20 June 1784, son of John McTaggart (1834-1907) and Isabella Eckford Biggar (1840-1917), he attended school at Bruce City and graduated from the University of Toronto and Knox College (Toronto). He completed his seminary training and became an ordained Presbyterian minister in 1903, followed with pastoral postings at or near Waskada (1903), Deloraine (1904), and Carnduff, Saskatchewan (c1905-1907). He served at Dufferin Avenue Presbyterian Church / Robertson Memorial Presbyterian Church (1907-1914) before going to Calgary, Alberta, working there from 1914 into the 1920s. On 14 April 1904, he married Edith Jane Seccombe (1873-1949) at Toronto and raised a daughter, Betty McTaggart (1912, wife of Frazer Yates Thornley). By the 1940s, he resided at Montreal. His later whereabouts are unknown.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1916 & 1921 Canada censuses, Library and Archives Canada.

Ontario birth and marriage registrations, Ancestry.

“Births, Marriages, deaths,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 October 1903, page 18.

“Births, Marriages, deaths,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 January 1904, page 16.

“Dufferin Ave. Church,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 July 1907, page 6.

“Winnipeg Presbytery,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 July 1907, page 2.

“Robertson Memorial Church dedication tomorrow,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 November 1911, Magazine Section page 6.

“Rev. A. McTaggart’s farewell to Robertson Memorial Church,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 May 1914, Women’s Section page 4.

“Rev. H. A. Berliss called to city,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 July 1914, page 2.

“Congregation will celebrate 40th birthday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 October 1941, page 18.

Barkes [Primary - Records only] family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 13 November 2020

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