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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Rennie Swan (1876-1952)

Physician and surgeon.

Born at Greenock, Scotland on 3 December 1876, son of Robert and Marion Swan, he was educated at Greenock and Glasgow University. After graduating in 1901, he spent a year studying in Switzerland and France. He visited India then practised in Liverpool for three years. He came to Winnipeg and established a medical practice, serving on the staff of the Winnipeg General Hospital, specializing in diseases of the chest. He was a member of the Canadian and Manitoba Medical Associations.

On 6 June 1911, he was married to Ethel Sinclair Strang (1884-1979), daughter of Andrew Strang, and they had three sons. He served as President of the St. Andrew’s Society (1913-1915), President of the Winnipeg Golf Club, and a member of the Canadian Club, Garry, St. Andrews Club, and Medico Chirurigical Society. His recreations included golf and lawn bowling.

He died at Winnipeg on 30 June 1952 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Dr. Swan dies here,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 July 1952. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]

Obituary [Ethel Sinclair Swan], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 1980, page 39.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 December 2018

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