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Memorable Manitobans: Edwin Firmstone Heath (1836-1914)

Gentleman, naturalist.

Born at Kingswinford, England on 6 March 1836, son of Edwin Heath and Anne Firmstone, he married Elizabeth Wyrnse (1836-1923). They immigrated to Canada in 1878 and arrived at Emerson, following the Boundary Commission Trail to the vicinity of present-day Cartwright. There, they built a two-storey log cabin where their son and had one son, Alfred Edwin Firmstone “Sonny” Heath (1884-1919) was born. Heath lived as an English country gentleman and was keenly interested in collecting local butterflies, which were later sold to the Manitoba government. He died on 14 May 1914 and was buried in the Cartwright Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“E. Firmstone Heath,” Memories Along the Badger Revisited, Cartwright and District, 1885-1985, Cartwright and District History Committee, 1985, page 281.

Edwin Firmstone Heath, FamilySearch.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 January 2020

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