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Memorable Manitobans: William Burt (1875-1949)

Pharmacist, municipal official.

Born at Wishaw, Scotland in 1875, son of James Burt and Margaret Gillespie, his father was for many years a member of the staff of Glasgow Iron and Steel Works. He was educated at Hamilton Academy (Hamilton Lanarkshire, Scotland) and the Glasgow School of Pharmacy. He served in the Boer War then came to Canada in 1902. He found employment at Winnipeg with the Bell Telephone Company, and later the Manitoba Government Telephones for nine years. In 1912, he moved to The Pas to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company and opened a pharmacy there in 1919. In 1899, he married Martha Duncan (?-?). They had no children. He served on The Pas council for four years and was Mayor of The Pas (1926-1927). He was a member of The Pas Board of Trade (President, 1924), Pharmaceutical Society of Manitoba, IOOF (Noble Grand, Lodge No. 86, DDGM, District No. 14), and People’s Warden of the Anglican Church. Considered an authority on northern mission history, he assisted in the founding of a museum at The Pas. He died at The Pas on 24 March 1949 and was buried in The Pas Lakeside Cemetery.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“William Burt, 74, north historian, dies at The Pas,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 March 1949, page 3.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Ralph McLean.

Page revised: 5 July 2017

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