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Memorable Manitobans: James Barnston (1831-1858)

Botanist, physician.

Born at Norway House, Barnston was educated at Red River and then at Lachine, Lower Canada, before attending the University of Edinburgh, from which he received his medical diploma in 1852. One of the first medical practitioners born in Western Canada, he began practising medicine in Montreal in 1853, at the same time beginning a herbarium. In 1857 he was appointed first professor of botany at McGill University.

He died in Montreal.

Son of George Barnston.

More information:

James Barnston, Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 27 January 2008

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