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Memorable Manitobans: James Hamilton Rowan (c1831-?)


Born in Ireland around 1831, he and wife Hannah had eight children: Hill W. Rowan (c1864-?), Mary E. Rowan (c1866-?), Martha W. Rowan (c1868-?), William B. Rowan (c1869-?), Lillie E. Rowan (c1870-?), Devonsher Rowan (c1872-?), James G. Rowan (c1875-?), and Madalien Rowan (c1877-?). A founding member of the Manitoba Historical Society, and a participant in the 1878 ceremony to mark the opening of the first railway to Winnipeg, he moved to Chile in late May 1892.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Holy Trinity Church (addition)

246 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg


Demolished (1904)

McIntyre House

123 Middle Gate, Winnipeg



A. G. B. Bannatyne Residence

158 West Gate, Winnipeg


Demolished (?)

D. McIntyre Residence

123 Middle Gate, Winnipeg



His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

On Energy
Unpublished MHS address, read 23 February 1882.

The Red River
MHS Transactions Series 1, No. 13, read 24 April 1884, Winnipeg: Manitoba Daily Free Press.


1891 Canada census, Ancestry.

“City and country,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 May 1892, page 8.

Winnipeg Building Index.

We thank Randy Rostecki for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 December 2021

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