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Memorable Manitobans: William Bathgate (1832-1903)

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William Bathgate
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Businessman, municipal official.

Born at Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1832, son of Joseph Bathgate (?-1856) and Grace Hyslop (?-1874), brother of Robert Dundas Bathgate, he emigrated to Wisconsin in 1852 and settled at Janesville, where his father and mother died. He went into business in Montreal in 1861, remained there until 1870 when he moved to Guelph, Ontario to farm. In 1878, he moved to Winnipeg and engaged in the furniture business until 1883, when the Manitoba Electric and Gas Light Company was founded, and he was appointed its Managing Director. In 1871, he married Margaret Armstrong Loughrin (1840-1919), with whom he had four children: James Loughrin Bathgate, Joseph Bathgate (1876-1918), Elizabeth Loughrin Bathgate (1878-1957, wife of Charles Grange McGreer) and Margaret Armstrong “Maggie” Bathgate (1880-1919). In 1882, he served a one-year term on the Winnipeg city council. He died at his Winnipeg home, 267 Spence Street, on 21 January 1903 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bathgate Block (242 Princess Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bathgate House (98 Balmoral Street, Winnipeg)


The Canadian Album: Men of Canada or Success by Example, Vol. III, Bradley, Garretson & Company, Brantford, Ontario, 1894.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Wm. Bathgate is summoned,” Manitoba Free Press, 22 January 1903, page 9.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 May 2020

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