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Memorable Manitobans: John Lowe Munro “Jack” Thomson (c1877-1959)

Lawyer, educator.

Born in Scotland on 17 February 1877, son of Robert Burns Thomson (1847-1922) and Annie Fraser Thomson (c1849-1929) and great-great-grandson of famed poet Robert Burns, he immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1884, and settled at Winnipeg. He graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1902 and articled for the law firm of Taylor and Bowles (?-1908), after which he worked for the firm of Thomson, Thomson, and Thomson (1908-1959) and became a barrister in 1910. He was Principal of Tache School (1908-1913). He was well-known within golfing circles, where he was honourary life member (1945) and President of the Manitoba Golf Association, as well honourary life member of the Niakwa Country Club (1951) and a Governor of the Manitoba Senior Golf Association. He was also an honouary life member of the Burns Club (1954), and a member of the St. Andrews Club, and Canadian Club. He resided at 381 Ash Street for many years. He died, unmarried, at Winnipeg General Hospital on 20 October 1959 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Burns’ great grandson is dead in Winnipeg,” Manitoba Free Press, 23 February 1922, page 1.

Obituary [Annie Fraser Thomson, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 March 1929, page 16.

“Sport shorts,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 March 1945, page 3.

“3 men honored by Burns Club,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 March 1954, page 9.

“Jim Pitblado top golfer,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 September 1954, page 28.

“J. M. L. Thomson, barrister, dies at 82,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 October 1959, page 24.

“Time out with Maurice Smith,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 October 1959, page 49.

Winnipeg Estate file #59293, John L. M. Thomson, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 14 May 2018

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