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Memorable Manitobans: Francis Ignatino Clarke (1849-1916)


Born in Montreal in 1849 of Irish parents, and came west in 1870. He was a barrister in Manitoba, and later worked on many newspapers in Winnipeg. He was Clerk of the County Court at Selkirk and Deputy Prothonotary of Winnipeg from 1872 to 1876, and assisted Alexander Begg in editing his three-volume work History of the North-West.

Clarke had military training, and took an active part in the Fenian Raid, the Red River Insurrection, and the Northwest Rebellion. He was a founding member of the Manitoba Historical Society, in 1879. In 1899 he moved to Victoria to join the staff of the Globe, and later was associated with The Colonist, The Vancouver Province, and The World. For seven years prior to his death he was secretary of the British Columbia Bureau of Information.

He died in Victoria in 1916, and was survived by his widow and three children.


Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Page revised: 22 January 2010

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