Memorable Manitobans: Angus Lorne Bonnycastle (1873-1941)
Lawyer, MLA (1908-1910), MLA (1911-1914), judge.
Born in Campbellford, Ontario in 1873, he came to Manitoba in 1893 to teach for four years at Shellmouth School. He then studied law in Winnipeg, articling with J. R. Howard, George William Baker, and Archibald Reuben Tingley, and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1905.
Defeated in the 1903 provincial general election, he was elected as a Conservative MLA from Russell in 1907, replacing William James Doig, and was re-elected in 1910. He served as Deputy Provincial Secretary from 1910 to 1913. In 1913 he was appointed Provincial Police Magistrate in Winnipeg, remaining until 1916, when he resigned to raise, take overseas, and lead (as Lieutenant-Colonel) the 200th Battalion, known as “Bonny’s Buccaneers.” Upon demobilization he served as a County Court Judge in Dauphin until 1941.
On 19 November 1902, he married Ellen Mary Boulton (1875-1955, daughter of Charles Arkoll Boulton) at Russell. They had six children: Richard Henry Gardyne Bonnycastle, Charles Humphrey Bonnycastle (1904-1985), Charlotte A. Bonnycastle (1906-?), Lawrence Christopher Bonnycastle, Joan Bonnycastle (1911-?), and Geoffrey Francis Bonnycastle (1914-?).
He died at Dauphin on 9 September 1941 and was buried in the St. John's Cathedral Cemetery. There are extensive papers at the Archives of Manitoba.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Attestation Papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
“Judge Bonnycastle dies at Dauphin,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 1941. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 106]
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 19 July 2022