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Memorable Manitobans: James Fraser (1790-1862)


Born at Ulva, Scotland in 1790, he came to Red River to help manage Hayfield Farm under the stewardship of William Laidlaw. By 1830 he was farming on Lot 15. The home he built there now stands preserved in Lower Fort Garry. In 1851 he was chosen one of the six elders of the newly-opened Kildonan Presbyterian Church. He is buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

Grandfather of George Fraser Munroe.


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

We thank Susan Gillmeister for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 August 2020

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