Memorable Manitobans: Robert Lachlan Ross (1869-1943)
Physician and surgeon, municipal official.
Born in Oxford County, Ontario on 28 February 1869, son of Lachlan Ross and Minnie McKay, he was educated at the Kincardine Public and High Schools. He came to Manitoba in 1889 and, after attending the Central Normal School, taught at Parks Creek School (1891-1893). He later enrolled in the Manitoba Medical College from which he graduated in 1898. He moved to Morris in 1898 and practiced there until retirement in 1936. He was a member of the Canadian Medical Association and Manitoba Medical Association.
On 12 April 1899, he married Mary Eleanor Davis (?-?) in the RM of Montcalm. They had four children: Edward Lachlan Ross, Bessie Marion Ross (1907-?), Robert Bryan Ross (1908-?), and Minnie Eleanor Ross (1911-?). He served on the Morris School Board (two years) and the Morris municipal council. He was a Liberal candidate for the Morris constituency in the 1910 provincial general election. He served as Mayor of Morris from 1921 to 1926. He was a member of the Morris Curling Club and the Masons (King Solomon Lodge No. 8).
He died at Winnipeg on 9 February 1943 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
“Dr. R. L. Ross dies at daughter’s home,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 February 1943, page 5.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 15 July 2022