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Memorable Manitobans: John Grisdale (1845-1922)

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John Grisdale
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Born at Lancashire, England on 25 June 1845, he spent five years in the C.M.S. College at Islington, London. He was ordained deacon in St. Paul’s Cathedral in June 1870. He then spent a year doing missionary work in India, returning due to ill health. In May 1873, they emigrated to Canada and came to Winnipeg where he served as rector of Holy Trinity Church. He later held positions at Christ Church, Professor of Systematic Theology at St. John’s College, Canon of St. John’s Cathedral, and Dean of Rupert’s Land. In 1896 he was elected Bishop of Qu’Appelle. He held the position until 1911 when he retired due to ill health.

He and wife Annie Chaplin had four children: Jabez Chaplin Grisdale (b ?), John Grisdale (b ?), Alice Jane May Grisdale (wife of H. B. Shaw), and Robert Chaplin Grisdale (1872-1944, husband of Alice Mary Fraser). Grisdale received a DD degree from the University of Manitoba (1887). In 1879 he helped to found the Manitoba Historical Society.

He died at his Winnipeg residence on 27 January 1922 and was buried in the St. John’s Cemetery.


“Dean Grisdale,” Manitoban, 27 November 1886. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Manitoba Historical Scrapbook MB1, page 4]

“Bishop John Grisdale is called to reward,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 January 1922, page 13.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 July 2013

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