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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander McBeth [McBeath] (1741-1849)


Born at Sutherlandshire, Scotland 1741, he married Christie Gordon Gunn and they had nine children, all born in Scotland. One of his sons was Robert McBeth Sr. He was a member of the 73rd Regiment and one of the 23 survivors of the Black Hole of Calcutta. He and his family came to Red River in 1815 with a party of Selkirk Settlers. They settled on property which is now the site of St. John’s Park and St. John’s Cathedral. In 1817, at the request of Lord Selkirk, he exchanged his property for land farther north, now Lot 33, Old Kildonan, which is now McBeth Park. McBeth died in 1849 and was buried on 26 September 1849 in St. John’s Cemetery. He is commemorated by McBeth Street in Winnipeg.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kildonan Settlers Bridge (Red River, Winnipeg)


Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Our Children’s Ancestors: Deren/Reck Family Tree.

We thank Jasmin Kehoe for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 July 2017

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