John INGLIS (1858-1941)

John was born at Dunfermaline, Scotland 15 March 1858. He was the son of James Inglis and Catherine Scotland.

He came to Canada in 1882 and joined the staff of the Merchants Bank in Montreal. He was transferred to Brandon on 01 February 1893. He subsequently went into the farm implement business under the firm name of Smith, Inglis and Nelson. This partnership continued for fourteen years. Other business ventures succeeded and then he entered the law firm of Coldwell, Coleman and Kerr, which position he held until his death.

Banker, Businessman

John was a real friend and devoted much of his time to community enterprises. He was the oldest living ex-president of the Brandon board of trade. He, also, held the post of secretary for this Board for many years. He was secretary of the Winter Fair and Livestock Association and for a long time acted as accountant for the Provincial Fair. He sat on the Board of Directors for the Brandon General Hospital and was an honorary treasurer for the institution. He was a member of the Brandon St. Andrew’s Society and the Scottish Presbyterian Church.

In his younger days, John was an enthusiastic curler, a lover of lawn bowling and all outdoor sports. He was enthusiastic about the New Year dog races.

He was a well-known and highly respected citizen of Brandon for 48 years.

He died on 04 June 1941 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.


  • Death Registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
  • Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1565-1950, Ancestry.
  • Obituary, The Brandon Sun, 04 June 1941, page 5.
  • “Surgical Wing Formally Opened”, The Brandon Weekly Sun”, 11 August 1904, page 9.


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