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Memorable Manitobans: William Mactavish Bannatyne (1864-1931)

Accountant, judge.

Born at Winnipeg on 16 August 1864, second youngest son of A. G. B. Bannatyne and Annie McDermot, he spent two years at a school in Scotland, returning home at the age of 9 and completing his education at St. John’s College. He worked as an accountant in the law office of Perdue and Robinson, later managing the business of John Arbuthnot and Company, and the Commercial Loan and Trust Company organized by C. W. N. Kennedy. For the last 20 years of his life, he was magistrate of the St. James Police Court and for a few years was magistrate of the RCMP Court.

On 8 April 1896, he married Mary Jane Logan (1865-1934), eldest daughter of Alexander Logan. They had eight children: Roderick Alexander Bannatyne (b 1897), Andrew McDermot “Mack” Bannatyne (b 1898), Dorothy Graham Bannatyne (b 1900), Herbert Morice Bannatyne (b 1902), John Gray Bannatyne (b 1904), Charles Grahame “Charlie” Bannatyne (b 1905), Mary Minota Bannatyne (1908-1913), and Eleanor “Ellie” Bannatyne. He was a member of the Masons and Carleton Club, and Vice-President of the Victoria Beach Company. Around 1906 he moved from Winnipeg to the Rural Municipality of Assiniboia. He served as Reeve and was also a school trustee there.

He died at his Assiniboia home, 3000 Portage Avenue, on 25 September 1931 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bannatyne School No. 1549 (360 Wallasey Street, Winnipeg)


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Pioneer dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 September 1931, page 1.

“Veteran police magistrate dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 September 1931. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

We thank Jill Paskewitz for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 February 2015

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