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Memorable Manitobans: William Gordon Maclean (1886-1980)


Born at Scotland in 1886, he pursued university studies at St. Andrews and Aberdeen, later earning MA, BD, and DD degrees. During the First World War, he served as a Chaplain with the British Army in Egypt and Palestine (1916-1918), after which he married Christina McQueen (1896-1989) at Scotland in 1920 and had five children, one of whom was John Pearson Maclean (1926-1991). He was a parish minister at Dunbartonshire, Scotland until 1932 when he immigrated to Canada as a minister of the First Presbyterian Church and was the team padre (1932-?) of the Winnipeg Toilers Basketball Club. He served overseas again during the Second World War, this time with the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders and ended the war with the rank of Senior Protestant Chaplain of the 2nd Canadian Division. He was a Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada (1946) and, following semi-retirement in 1962, he continued to serve as Minister Emeritus until his death. He died at the Deer Lodge Hospital on 29 February 1980 and was buried in the Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery.


“Dr. W. G. Maclean speaks Sunday on ‘united spirit’,” Winnipeg Free Press New Leisure, 14 August 1976, page 6.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 March 1980, page 42.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 March 1980, page 43.

Obituary [Christina McQueen Maclean], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 January 1989, page 38.

Obituary [John Pearson Maclean], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 July 1991, page 27.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 14 December 2014

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