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Memorable Manitobans: William Peel (1839-1932)

Fruit grower.

Born in County Cavan, Ireland on 12 July 1839, son of John Peel and Jane West, he came to Winnipeg with the Wolseley Expedition in 1870 and remained. On 25 March 1873, he married Sarah Ann McDonald. They had seven children: William John Peel, Catharine Jane Peel, Robert George Peel, Horetta M. Peel, Annie H. Peel, William Henry McDonald, and Donald Alexander Richard Peel. He was member of the Orangemen and the St. Andrews Agricultural Society. He won a Gold Medal for Canadian fruit products at the Paris Exhibition in 1900 and repeated the feat at the Glasgow Exhibition in 1901.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

“William Peel, Riel Rebellion Veteran, Dead” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 May 1932.

Page revised: 1 April 2010

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