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Memorable Manitobans: Colin York Campbell McCorquodale (1846-1920)

Magistrate, municipal official, educator, farmer.

Born at Argyllshire, Scotland on 26 April 1846, son of Alexander “Alex” McCorquodale (c1820-1910) and Jane McCorquodale (1827-?), he immigrated with the family to Ontario, Canada in 1854. Most of his 13 years as a teacher were in Ontario before moving to Manitoba, in 1878, to teach at Headingley School (1878-c1879). Returning to Ontario, he married Agnes Jane Cook (1849-1919) at Kincardine, Bruce County on 2 August 1880 and had four children: Alexander Young “Alex” McCorquodale (1882-1949, George Robert McCorquodale (1886-1962), John Campbell McCorquodale (1888-1968), and Margaret Murray McCorquodale (1893-1897), along with an adopted niece, Edith Eleanor McCorquodale (1895-?, wife of Edward James Durnin). He returned to Manitoba soon thereafter, teaching at Maple Leaf School (1881-1882) before taking out a homestead for the east half of 31-2-5 West in the Rural Municipality of Stanley in June of 1883. He farmed until retirement around 1888 and took up residence on Nelson Street in Morden. He was heavily involved in the community, serving as a Justice of the Peace, Magistrate, as well as Commissioner of both Marriage Licenses and Affidavits, local Returning Officer, and joint long-serving Secretary-Treasurer for both the Town of Morden and the RM of Stanley (c1890-1920, succeeded by his son, George, who served for around 25 years). He was a member of the local Knox Presbyterian Church and active in the Liberal Party. He died at Morden on 12 July 1920 and was buried in the Hillside Cemetery.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Ontario marriage registrations, Ancestry.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

1881 & 1891 Canada censes, Library and Archives Canada.

1901, 1906, & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Western Land Grants, Library and Archives Canada.

“Provincial appointments [marriage licenses],” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 9 July 1890, page 6.

“Provincial appointments [returning officer],” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 18 November 1890, page 8.

“Nearly a riot [Magistrate McCorquodale],” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 30 December 1898, page 7.

“Liquor case in Morden [Magistrate McCorquodale],” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 August 1907, page 7.

“Morden pioneer dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 March 1910, page 8.

“May implicate others [Magistrate McCorquodale],” Manitoba Free Press, 20 April 1910, page 5.

“Grand old folks of Morden and district [Colin McCorquodale],” Manitoba Free Press, 21 June 1913, page 41.

“Pioneer of Morden district is dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 13 September 1919, page 37.

“Prominent citizen of Morden passes away,” Manitoba Free Press, 13 July 1920, page 12.

“Geo. McCorquodale succeeds father,” Manitoba Free Press, 19 August 1920, page 3.

“Pioneer lawyer dies, High River,” Lethbridge Herald, 25 April 1949, page 15.

“Funeral Thursday [Alexander Young McCorquodale],” Lethbridge Herald, 27 April 1949, page 6.

“A. McCorquodale dies in Alberta,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 April 1949, page 37.

Obituary [George Robert McCorquodale], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 February 1962, page 47.

Morden probate file #2489, Colin McCorquodale, Archives of Manitoba.

Morden probate file #10464, George Robert McCorquodale, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 4 November 2018

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