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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Henri Royal (1867-1920)


Born at Montreal, Quebec on 31 August 1867, son of Joseph Royal and Agnès Bruyère (1835-1911), he came to Manitoba in 1870 and was educated at St. Boniface College, from which he graduated in 1888. He studied law in the office of Ewart, Fisher & Wilson and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1891. From 1892 to 1894, he practiced in partnership with Frank Mulvey and John Hillyard Leech, after which worked alone.

On 21 June 1897, he married Emma Gelley (1870-?, daughter of Joseph Edmond Gelley) at Winnipeg and they had nine children. He served as Mayor of St. Boniface (1902) and President of the St. Boniface School Board (1902-1905). He was a member of the Winnipeg Historical Society, St. Boniface Historical Society, Knights of Columbus, and St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church.

He died at St. Boniface on 6 June 1920.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Former Mayor Royal of St. Boniface dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 June 1920, page 3.

We thank Yvonne Turenne for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 November 2021

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