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Memorable Manitobans: Fannie Laidlaw Robson (1875-1950)

Community activist.

Born in Blythe County, Ontario on 7 April 1875, she lived in Banff, Vancouver and Regina before coming to Winnipeg where she resided for 51 years. The wife of Hugh A. Robson, whom she married in Vancouver in 1897, she was involved in church and community work around the city. She served as Honorary President of both the Provincial Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church and the Ladies Aid Society of the First Presbyterian Church. An honorary member of the Twenty Club, she also belonged to the Canadian Club, the Women’s Musical Club and was associated with the Women’s Auxiliary of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. In the First World War, she served as a volunteer visitor for the Manitoba Patriotic Fund. She had six children: Mrs. E. H. Coleman, Mrs. David Fensom, Mrs. Alistair Napier, Isabel Robson (b 1902), Hugh Laidlaw Robson (b 1904), and Norman Robson (b 1912). On 23 July 1950, she died at her home, 307 Devon Court, in Winnipeg and was later buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Mrs. H. Robson dies; late jurist’s wife,” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 July 1950. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 149]

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 20 April 2015

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