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Memorable Manitobans: John Lamont (1842-?)


Born near Aberdeen, Scotland on 20 October 1842, son of John Lamont and Christine Jameson, he was educated at Maryculter parish school, quitting at the age of 16 to work in the oatmeal milling business. In 1870 he emigrated to Canada and settled in Bruce County, Ontario, continuing in the oatmeal business until he moved to Manitoba where he worked as a bookkeeper for lumber companies. Eventually he moved to Minnedosa and worked as a bookkeeper for merchant P. J. McDermott. In 1888, he took up a homestead claim, later adding to it until his farm comprised 480 acres on Sections 16 and 21, Township 15, Range 17. On 26 November 1878, he married Maggie A. Kelly at Hamilton, Ontario. They had seven children: George S. Lamont, John K. Lamont, James A. Lamont, Margaret Lamont, Annie Lamont, Katherine Lamont, and Christina Lamont. He served two terms as assessor for the Rural Municipality of Odanah and secretary-treasurer of the West Hope School Board. He was a member of the Masons.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 April 2010

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