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Memorable Manitobans: David Scott (1864-1935)


Born in Meikleour, Perthshire, England on 9 January 1864, he was reared in Yorkshire where as a young man he entered the railway service. He studied stenography with John Appleton who later became the first financial editor of the Manitoba Free Press. Scott came to Canada in 1888 and located as a railway clerk in Winnipeg. From 1890 to 1908 he was a reporter with the Winnipeg Tribune. In the early 1890s he was an active member of the younger set of Winnipeg and by his fondness for Shakespearen plays and his proficiency in reading them made a valuable contribution to the study of literature and drama. As a member of the YPC (Young Peoples Society) in Central Congregational church Scott was in great demand at educational entertainments.

He joined the Free Press as a reporter in 1908 and served in all departments of editorial work until 1934. In May and June 1919 Scott played a major role in reporting the Winnipeg General Strike and testified in August 1919 at the preliminary hearing of the strike leaders. In 1934 he retired from from the Free Press and returned to England. Scott died there on 10 April 1935.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 April 1935.

This page was prepared by Michael Dupuis.

Page revised: 1 January 2016

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