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Memorable Manitobans: Harold St. Clair Scarth (1889-1971)


Born at Virden on 16 January 1889, son of William Frederick Scarth and Ellen Elizabeth “Nellie” Blakeman (1864-1932), brother of William B. Scarth, he left Virden for Winnipeg to article in law. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1912 and practiced with the firm of Phillips, Rogers & Scarth until 1926 except for a period of military service during the First World War. On his return from the war, he formed a law partnership with C. K. Guild and they were later joined by E. D. Honeyman. He was made a King’s Counsel in 1940. He retired in 1960. He served as President of the Law Society of Manitoba, President of the Manitoba Bar Association (1942-1943), and Vice-President for Manitoba of the Canadian Bar Association.

On 27 October 1920, he married Winnifred Lillian Coulson (1894-1995) at Winnipeg and they had four children: Catherine Scarth (wife of John P. Maclean), Alan W. Scarth, David Scarth, and Richard Scarth. He was an active member of St. George’s Anglican Church, a member and President of the Knowles School for Boys, a charter member and founder of Macdonald Youth Services, President of the Winnipeg Winter Club, President of the Southwood Country Club, President of the Winnipeg Game and Fish Association, and one of the organizers (and later President) of the Manitoba Game and Fish Association.

He died at Winnipeg on 30 January 1971 after a long illness.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Three King’s Counsel for Manitoba named,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1940, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 February 1971.

Obituary [Winnifred Lillian Scarth], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 September 1995, page 47.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 April 2019

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