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Memorable Manitobans: William Auld Tait (1826-1900)


Born in Kildonan in 1826, eldest son of William Tait and Mary Auld, he attended St. John’s school. In 1851 he married Joanna Gunn, daughter of John and Anne Gunn. He moved from St. John’s to Headingley about 1860 and was engaged in farming until his death.

Father of Henry Charles Tait.

On 11 March 1863, he was appointed one of the petty magistrates for the White Horse Plain district. In 1869 he was chosen as a representative from Headingley to attend the Convention of the “Twenty-Four” called by Riel. He was appointed a Councillor of the North-West Territories on 26 March 1874, and attended six council meetings. In December 1874, he unsuccessfully contested Headingley with John Taylor in the provincial election.

Tait died on 3 February 1900, and was buried at Holy Trinity Cemetery.


Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

E. H. Oliver (editor), The Canadian North-West, Its Early Development and Legislative Records, 2 volumes. Publications of the Canadian Archives, No. 9, 1914.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 October 2017

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