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Memorable Manitobans: James Ignatius Morkin (1882-1971)

Lawyer, judge.

Born at Lucan, Ontario on 10 January 1882, he came to Manitoba in 1905 and taught at Tamarisk School (1906-1908). He took a law degree from the University of Toronto, articled in law with the firm of Munson, Allan and Company, then was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1913.

He practiced for a year with the firm of McCallister and McCallum. In 1914, he started his own firm and practiced until 1949, when he was appointed a County Court judge. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1930. He retired in 1956.

He was married to Catherine M. Morkin (1885-1964) and they had a son and a daughter. Active in sports, he served as President of the Winnipeg Senior Baseball Association (1916-1920), Canadian Amateur Athletic Association (1920-1922), and Manitoba Athletic Association. He was also Chairman of the Manitoba Boxing Commission and Vice-President of the Canadian Olympic Association. He was President of the Greater Winnipeg Liberal Association (circa 1930), a trustee for the Misericordia Hospital, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Charles Country Club, Carleton Club, and Fellowship Club.

He died at Winnipeg on 20 April 1971 and was buried in the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“11 Manitoba barristers named K.C.’s,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 January 1930, page 1.

Obituary [Catherine M. Morkin], Winnipeg Tribune, 12 February 1964, page 133.

“Judge Morkin dies at 88,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 April 1971, page 18.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 22 April 1971.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 April 2022

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