Memorable Manitobans: William “Scottie” Bryce (1888-1963)
Farmer, MP (1940-1945), MP (1945-1949), MP (1949-1953), MP (1953-1957), MP (1957-1958).
Born at Lanark, Scotland on 7 September 1888, he attended Glasgow schools then apprenticed as a machinist at Glasgow. During the First World War, he served with a field company of the 51st Division, Royal Engineers.
He came to Canada in 1919 and became a farmer at Dugald. He was a director of the Winnipeg Milk Producers Board, a member of the Manitoba Honey Co-op and Red River Fuel Co-op, and President of the Manitoba Farmers’ Association (1941-1943). He was an agricultural representative for the National War Services Board (1942-1943).
Elected to the House of Commons for the Selkirk constituency at a by-election on 9 August 1943, he was re-elected in 1945 and 1949, defeated in 1953, re-elected at a by-election on 8 November 1954, and re-elected again in 1957. He was defeated in 1958 and in the 1959 provincial general election. He served as acting leader of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (1952).
On 21 March 1913, he married Jean Dougherty (?-1950). They had a son and three daughters. He was a member of the Masons (Lodge No. 123) and Order of the Eastern Star (Patron of Selkirk Chapter No. 35).
He died at his Winnipeg home, 141 Dorchester Avenue, on 17 June 1963 and was buried in the Millbrook Cemetery.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 June 1963, page 28.
The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.
We thank Connor Mah for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 7 April 2022