Memorable Manitobans: Arthur George Hay (1862-1931)
Born at Paisley, Ontario on 16 December 1862, son of Robert Hay and Janet Fleming, he graduated from Queen’s University (Kingston) in 1889 and, the next year, came to Winnipeg where he studied law for three years and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1893. He moved to Killarney and established a law practice there. Finding insufficient business there, he took a position as town solicitor at Virden. From 1922 to 1931, he was District Registrar at the Virden Land Titles Office.
On 24 December 1894 he married Eliza V. Robertson of Kincardine, Ontario. They had four children: Lilian Robertson Hay (b 1895), William F. Hay (b 1899), Arthur John Hay (1906-1949), and Elizabeth Mary Hay (1915-1999). He was involved with the Virden Board of Trade and St. Andrew’s Society.
He died at Brandon on 12 January 1931 and was buried in the Virden Cemetery.
Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.
“Funeral of A. G. Hay is held at Virden,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 January 1931.
We thank Peter W. Hay for additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 22 October 2014