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Memorable Manitobans: Irving Moffat Cleghorn (1863-1929)

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Irving Moffat Cleghorn
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Physician, MLA (1927-1929).

Born at Moffat, Scotland on 22 August 1863, his family emigrated to Canada where he was four years of age and settled at Wingham, Ontario. He came to Manitoba as a youth and graduated from the Manitoba Medical College in 1894. He practiced medicine at Belmont for a year before moving to Baldur where he remained for the rest of his life. In 1927 he ran successfully for a seat in the Manitoba Legislature, where he took special interest in matters relating to public health and education, serving until his death.

On 18 November 1896, he married Matilda Katie Murray (c1868-1955) at Baldur and they had two sons: Irving Murray Cleghorn (1897-1963) and Raymond Simpson Cleghorn (1903-1981).

He died at his home in Baldur on 14 November 1929 and was buried in the Baldur Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1929.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Dr. Cleghorn, member for Mountain, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 November 1929. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

“Dr. I. M. Cleghorn expires at Baldur,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 November 1929, page 8.

“Pioneer teacher dies at 86 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 July 1955, page 20.

Obituary [Irving Murray Cleghorn], Winnipeg Tribune, 27 December 1963, page 14.

Obituary [Raymond Cleghorn], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 November 1981, page 31.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 January 2021

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