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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Hutchinson Scott (1867-1943)


Born at Caistorville, Ontario on 21 January 1867, son of Michael Gavigan Scott (1832-1870) and Lucretia Maria Horning (1835-1916), and brother of A. E. Scott (of Scott-Bathgate Limited), he was educated in Toronto and began his teaching career at Wentworth County on 1 January 1885. He taught in other rural Ontario schools and joined the staff at Brantford Collegiate before heading west. Arriving at Winnipeg in 1896, he joined the teaching staff of the Winnipeg School Board as the commercial teacher at Winnipeg Collegiate Institute (1896-1912), then transferred to the newly opened Kelvin Technical High School (1912-1937) as the Head of the Commercial Department. He retired in September 1937. In recognition of his long teaching career, he was awarded the King George VI Coronation Medal (1937).

In 1897, he married Jessie Park (1866-1938) and they had a daughter, Jean Marion Scott (1906-?, wife of Clifford Creighton Leech, son of E. T. Leech). He was a member of the Grace Methodist Church and St. Stephen’s-Broadway United Church.

He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 17 December 1943 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“City Council and the Board [Mr. R. H. Scott appointed Commercial Master at the Collegiate],” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 August 1896, page 1.

Engagements [Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Scott], Winnipeg Tribune, 25 April 1931, page 6.

“Leech - Scott,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 May 1931, page 6.

“50 years a teacher and still happy,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 June 1935, page 3.

“School teachers and progress,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 June 1935, page 19.

“In honor of Mr. R. H. Scott,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 June 1937, page 7.

“High School graduates get parting advice as they go forth into “outside world”,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 June 1937, page 11.

“Retiring teachers honored at Luncheon given by Kelvin staff,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 June 1937, page 7.

Obituary [Mrs. Jessie Scott], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 January 1938, page 26.

“Robert H. Scott, former city teacher, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 December 1943, page 5.

“Robert H. Sctt dies at the age of 76,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 December 1943, page 2.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 20 December 1943, page 5.

Obituary [Clifford Creighton Leech], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 July 1991, page 19.

Historical Person Search, Robert Hutchison Scott, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 9 March 2017

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