Memorable Manitobans: Andrew Browning Baird (1855-1940)
Born at Motherwell, Ontario on 6 October 1855, the son of Charles Baird and Agnes Browning, he studied at Upper Canada College and at the Universities of Toronto (BA 1877), Edinburgh (BD 1881), Leibzig (Germany), and Knox College, Toronto (DD). He became a Presbyterian Minister in 1881 then moved to Western Canada, stopping briefly in Winnipeg on his way to Edmonton. After 1887 he taught Church History at Manitoba College.
He married Penelope Campbell Cook (1852-1936) of Galt, Ontario. They had four children: Helen Campbell Baird (1888-1961), Agnes Browning Baird (1889-1969), Andrew Stuart Baird, and Marjorie Darling Baird (1894-1981). He served as President of the Historical Society (1893-1895) and Manitoba Horticultural Society (1896-1899) and Moderator of the Presbyterian Church (1916-1917). He was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Manitoba (1922).
He died at Winnipeg on 22 September 1940 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery. His extensive papers are held at the University of Winnipeg Archives, with additional papers at the Archives of Manitoba.
His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:
Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
“Free Press Necrology Files”, Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 16, University of Manitoba Archives]
“Death climaxes careers of many notable people in course of 1940,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1941, page 1.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Garry Bolton for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 25 July 2021