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Memorable Manitobans: Hugh John Robertson (1868-1952)

Cleric, artist.

Born at Woodstock, Ontario in 1868, he went to Chilliwack, British Columbia in 1892 as a Presbyterian student missionary. He later studied at Manitoba College and Knox College, graduating in Theology in 1903. In 1907 he founded a Presbyterian church on Home Street in Winnipeg, and he served there until 1918, when he moved to John Black Memorial Presbyterian Church in East Kildonan. In 1925, he was the last Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Manitoba, prior to its unification with the Methodist and Congregationalist church to form the United Church of Canada. In 1932 he went to St. Andrew’s United Church in Emerson, where he remained until retirement in 1939 when he returned to Winnipeg. In retirement he took up oil painting, and had a number of exhibitions. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 3 August 1952 and was buried in Kildonan Cemetery.


“Three Presbyterian pastors say farewell,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 March 1918, page 18.

“Minister dies, served church for 49 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 August 1952, page 16.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 July 2020

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