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Memorable Manitobans: Robert McKay (1879-1949)

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Born at Sutherlandshire, Scotland on 14 November 1879, son of George and Marion McKay, he came to Winnipeg in 1881 where he was educated at the North Central School. He commenced a career as junior clerk with W. B. Allan, in 1893. He served as President of the Western Canada Board of Fire Underwriters and the Soldiers Settlement Board of Canada, Chairman of the Finance Committee for the Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg, and Director of the British Dominions Finance Corporation of London, England. He was President of the Archibald, Martin Motors Limited. On 26 December 1906, he married Margaret E. McCallum. They had three daughters. He was a member of the Carleton Club, St. Charles Country Club, AF & AM, and Presbyterian Church. He died at his Winnipeg home, 1118 Wolseley Avenue, on 6 November 1949.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, 1911. C. W. Parker, editor. Canadian Press Association, Vancouver.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Norquay sits where Selkirk Settlers once sowed grain” by Claire Tisdale, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 February 1949.

“Businessman Robert McKay dies at 69,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 November 1949. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 126]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 5 January 2018

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