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Memorable Manitobans: Angus McKay (1836-1910)

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Angus McKay
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Indian agent, MP (1871-1872), MLA (1871-1874), MLA (1875-1876).

Born at Red River Settlement on 1 November 1836, son of James McKay and brother of James McKay, he settled in St. Charles Parish, later in St. Francois Xavier Parish (White Horse Plain), and then in St. Boniface. He was a defeated candidate to the 1870 Convention of Forty.

McKay was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba by acclamation in the 1870 general election, for Lake Manitoba, and was re-acclaimed in 1874. He resigned in December 1876. A Conservative, he was elected to the House of Commons at a by-election on 2 March 1871, in a double return with James Lynch, and was declared elected 25 April 1872. He sat until the dissolution of the first parliament. He served as Indian Agent at Berens River for the last 19 years of his life.

He and wife Virginia Roulette (1849-c1916) had seven children: Mrs. Rowan, Jane Marguerite A. McKay (1877-?, wife of Charles Whiteway), Mrs. William Coomber, Mrs. Stewart, James McKay, and Tache McKay.

He died at Berens River on 1 September 1910 and was buried at St. Boniface.

See also:

Angus McKay, Dictionary of Canadian Biography XII, 640-41.

Sources:

The Canadian Parliamentary Companian, 1872. Canadiana.org.

“Angus M’Kay dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 8 September 1910, page 13.

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.

We thank Connor Mah and Sharon McGiffin for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 February 2022

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