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Memorable Manitobans: Alfred Campbell Garrioch (1848-1934)

Cleric, author.

Born at Kildonan on 20 February 1848, of mixed-blood origin, Garrioch studied theology at St. John’s College during the Red River Rebellion of 1869-70. He negotiated with Riel for safe passage for his brother, one of the Portage la Prairie party that attempted to free prisoners in February 1870 and ended up prisoners of the Métis. He was later ordained as an Anglican priest, serving in Peace River and then in Manitoba. While in England in 1885 he published several translations into the Beaver language, as well as an English-Beaver and Cree dictionary. After retiring in 1905, he wrote a number of autobiographical works, including First Furrows (1923) and The Correction Line (1933).

He and wife Agnes Bertha Crabbe (1866-?) had twelve children: Frank C. Garrioch (b 1886), Agnes T. Garrioch (b 1889), Alethea M. Garrioch (b 1890, wife of W. J. Barling), Alfred S. Garrioch (b 1892), Muriel C. Garrioch (b 1893), John S. Garrioch (1894), William Vincent Garrioch (b 1896), Robert Harold Garrioch (b 1897), Aldous Vernon Garrioch (1898-1977, husband of Gladys Mary Bartlett), Jessie Vivian Garrioch (b 1900), Verona Lillian Garrioch (b 1901), and Dorothy Frederica Garrioch (b 1906).

He died at his Winnipeg home, 599 Mulvey Avenue, on 2 December 1934 and was buried in St. Mary’s La Prairie Anglican Cemetery. He is commemorated by Garrioch Avenue in Winnipeg.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Rev. A. C. Garrioch noted historian and author, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 December 1934, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 December 1934, page 18.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 August 2016

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