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Memorable Manitobans: Hugh Hamilton (1863-1941)


Born at Scotland on 8 September 1863, he immigrated to Canada in 1890. He attended Manitoba College, graduated with BA (1900) and BD (1902) degrees, and served as President (1900-1901) of the Students’ Missionary Society. His first Presbyterian ministerial posting was to the Rathwell Presbyterian Church (1902-1906) at Rathwell. During his tenure there, on 16 August 1905, he married Caroline Marie “Mary” Jacobs (1883-1969, daughter of Reverend D. H. Jacobs) at Emerson. They had two children: George Herbert Douglas Hamilton (1906-?) and Margaret Evelyn Hamilton (1909-?).

His next charge was at Manor, Saskatchewan, at the Manor Presybyterian Church (1906-1908). In March 1908, there was consideration for him to fill the pastoral void with the Presbyterian Church at Morris, but he was instead selected for the Kildonan Presbyterian Church, working there from April 1908 through March 1918. Upon his departure, the congregation gave him a purse of coin along with an engraved gold wristwatch. Additional tenures were at the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (1918-?) at Carman, Elgin United Church (1922-1926), High Bluff United Church (c1929), and Pine Falls United Church (1935-1936). He retired to Winnipeg in 1936.

He died as his Winnipeg residence, 32 Inkster Boulevard, on 29 September 1941 and was buried in the Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery.


1906, & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Birth [Margaret Evelyn Hamilton], marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Birth registration [George Herbert Douglas Hamilton], Saskatchewan Vital Statistics.

“Manitoba’s student missionaries,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 1 September 1900, page 8.

“Summer session ended,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 19 September 1900, page 6.

“Closing exercises at Manitoba,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 18 September 1901, page 7.

“At the city hotels [Brunswick: Hugh Hamilton, Rathwell ...],” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 6 February 1902, page 5.

“Say farewell to alma mater,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 17 September 1902, page 7.

“[The engagement is announced of Miss Marie Jacobs ...],” Manitoba Free Press, 20 May 1905, page 11.

“Local news [A meeting of the Glenboro Presbytery was held at Rathwell ...],” Glenboro Gazette, 15 September 1905, page 1.

“Local news [A meeting of the congregation of Presbyterian Church ...],” Glenboro Gazette, 9 March 1906, page 1.

“Local and general news [It is reported that Rev. Hugh Hamilton ...],” Glenboro Gazette, 18 May 1906, page 1.

“All Canada in this column [Carlyle, Sask.]” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 September 1906, page 2.

“Local notes [Rev. Hugh Hamilton],” Manitoba Free Press, 3 June 1907, page 11.

“Called to Morris,” Manitoba Free Press, 10 March 1908, page 9.

“New Pastor for Morris Church,” Manitoba Free Press, 11 March 1908, page 14.

“Kildonan’s Pastor,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 April 1908, page 9.

“Accepts the call,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 April 1908, page 3.

“Inducted pastor,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 April 1908, page 6.

“Kildonan Church receives Pastor,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 April 1908, page 9.

“Old Kildonan Kirk Presbyterian heart,” Manitoba Free Press, 3 October 1914, page 21.

“Honor Minister and wife,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 March 1918, page 25.

“Church notes [The Rev. Hugh Hamilton],” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 August 1924, page 9.

“Elgin,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 July 1926, page 9.

“Billings - Wilton,” Manitoba Free Press, 3 July 1929, page 8.

“At Pine Falls,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 September 1935, page 6.

“Wedding at Pine Falls,” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 April 1936, page 18.

“Rev H. Hamilton dies suddenly at home,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 September 1941, page 6.

Death notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 1941, page 19.

“Memorial service,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 October 1941, page 18.

“City churches mark harvest festival [91st Anniversary],” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 September 1942, page 9.

Obituary [Mrs. Mary Caroline Jacobs Hamilton], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 June 1969, page 38.

Elgin Echoes: Into the Millennium, 1970-1999 by Elgin History Book Committee, 1999, page 13.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 3 April 2021

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