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Memorable Manitobans: Edmund Watson (1856-1947)

Architect, carpenter.

Born at Lisburn, Ireland on 10 July 1856, son of Thomas and Jane Watson, he emigrated to Canada in 1884 and worked briefly as a carpenter at Winnipeg and Brandon. In 1891, he moved to Carman, Manitoba to design and build a home for his brother Johnston Watson. Subsequently, he planned and built many buildings in Carman from 1890 through the 1930s. He built St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Carman) and several rural schools in the surrounding vicinity, including Stephenfield School No. 518, Orr School No. 343, Pomeroy School No. 58, Rosebank School No. 91, Forrest School No. 202, and Lintrathen School No. 1118. He also designed and built several commercial blocks along Main Street in Carman, including the Leader Block (circa 1897). On 19 November 1895, he married Mary Ann Bruce (1862-1932) at Carman and they had three children: Thomas Johnston Watson (1897-?), Jean Ann Watson (1898-?), and George Bruce Watson (1900-?). He died at Carman on 2 October 1947 and was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Edmond Watson, Carman, marks 91st birthday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 July 1947, page 8.

“Carman pioneer, E. Watson dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 October 1947, page 7.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 August 2019

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