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Memorable Manitobans: Walter Royle (c1887-1955)

Cleric, photographer.

Born at West Didsbury, England around 1887, he graduated from the Glasgow Bible Training College and emigrated to Canada in 1910, where he was a student missionary in Alberta. He graduated from Manitoba College in 1914 and became an ordained Presbyterian minister. His first pastoral posting was at Moore Park, and he subsequently served at Presbyterian (later United) churches at Tilston, Griswold, Pipestone (1920-1922), Graysville, Silverton, Elm Creek, Ninga (1936), Rossburn, Dugald (1937), High Bluff (1943-1944), Isabella (1948), and Basswood (1953-1954). He retired to Foxwarren in July 1954.

On 9 April 1914, he married Mary Daymond Gardner (1876-1971) in the RM of Woodworth, a nurse he met at the Mission Hospital at Wakaw, Saskatchewan. They had two daughters: Frances Royle (b c1915, wife of Ted Widdicombe) and Vera Royle (b ?, wife of Hector Edward MacIver). In the 1920s, he took photographs around Pipestone that were made into commercial postcards.

He died at Shoal Lake on 29 July 1955 and was buried in the Foxwarren Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Around town,” Brandon Daily Sun, 17 February 1922, page 5.

“MacIver – Royle,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 August 1940, page 12.

“Foxwarren rites for Rev. Royle,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 August 1955, page 8.

Obituary [Mary Daymond Royle], Russell Banner, 28 January 1971, page 5.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 January 2015

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