John Murray Scrimgeour was born about 1881 in Newport-on-Tay, Scotland. His parents were John Scrimgeour and Helen Murray.
He obtained a Master of Arts degree from St. Andrews University in Dundee, Scotland. In 1907 he received an LL.B. the University of Edinburgh.
In 1908 he travelled to Canada on the Empress of Ireland, sailing from Liverpool to Halifax, Nova Scotia. His destination was Vancouver.He first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1909. He was boarding at 1631 Robson Street. He was an employee of the law firm of McPhillips Tiffin and Laursen.
He lived at the following addresses in Vancouver.
|1909||1631 Robson Street|
|1910||982 Howe Street|
|1911||1389 Jervis Street|
|1912||1300 Main Street|
|1913 and 1914||2246 West First Avenue|
|1915||1260 Bidwell Street|
|1916||1934 Barclay Street|
|1917 and 1918||Active service|
|1919||No address under names|
|1920||Third Avenue and Tolmie Street (Point Grey)|
|1921 and 1922||Not listed under Vancouver names|
In 1910 he had his own law practice in Vancouver.
In 1910 he applied to buy 640 acres of land in the Cariboo Land District.
In 1911, John was in a law firm with George Duncan.
In 1913 he was in a law firm with John Pitcairn Hogg (1886-1950). (Further information appears on the page for John Pitcairn Hogg: https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/biographies-a-m/biographies-h/hogg-john-pitcairn-1886-1950-2/.)
On February 4, 1915, in Vancouver, he married Ishbel McLeod Fraser. She was born about 1888 in Tain, Ross-shire, Scotland. Her parents were Hugh Munro Fraser and Caroline Shaw Matheson.
In 1915, John’s law firm added Norman Victor Gilling as a member. (Further information appears on the page for Norman Victor Gilling: https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/biographies-a-m/biographies-g/gilling-norman-victor-1884-possibly-1966/.)
In 1915 John and his law partners were defendants in a law suit involving an alleged trespass and seizure of goods. (The results of the legal dispute are not available.)
In 1915, John appeared in the University of British Columbia’s list of local university graduates.During the First World War, John served as a second lieutenant with the Royal Garrison Artillery. After the war, he returned briefly to Vancouver, but he was not in the Vancouver directories after 1920. By 1923 he was in Dundee, Scotland.
He continued to practice law in Dundee through the 1920s and 1930s.
In 1928 he was a candidate for the Dundee Education Authority.John became a member of the education authority.
In 1940, John was the chairman of the Dundee and District Court of Referees for unemployment insurance.
John died at home on February 17, 1942.Ishbel continued to live in Scotland until the 1970s. She died on January 23, 1974.
John and Ishbel had a son.
John W.F. (“Ian”) Scrimgeour
John W.F. (“Ian”) Scrimgeour was born in Vancouver about 1921. In the 1920s he went to live in Dundee, Scotland, with his parents.
He became a medical doctor.
In March 1950, in Aberdeen, Scotland, Ian married Marie Elizabeth Elizabeth Grattidge, who was a nurse. Marie was born in Aberdeen on August 24, 1921.
In 1957, Ian and Marie moved to Canada, where Ian established a medical practice in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Ian died on September 17, 1999, while he was vacationing in Dundee.
Marie died in Thunder Bay on March 12, 2009.
John Murray Scrimgeour
1881 Scotland Census, John Scrimgeour in household of John Scrimgeour; Parish: Forgan; ED: 4; Page: 42; Line: 12; Roll: cssct1881_120; Ancestry.com. 1881 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1881 Scotland Census. Reels 1-338. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland.
1891 Scotland Census, John Scrimgeour in household of John Scrimgeour; Parish: Forgan; ED: 4; Page: 50; Line: 2; Roll: CSSCT1891_132; Ancestry.com. 1891 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1891 Scotland Census. Reels 1-409. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland.
1901 Scotland Census, John M Scrimgeour in household of John Scrimgeour; Parish: Forgan; ED: 5; Page: 13; Line: 16; Roll: CSSCT1901_139; Ancestry.com. 1901 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Scotland. 1901 Scotland Census. Reels 1-446. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland.
“New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ23-7TG : 6 December 2014), John Murray Scrimgeour, 28 Apr 1911; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-M1RX : 16 July 2016), John M Scrimgeour, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63852&highlight=38&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+A.%3F+M.+Scr+_+_gerry.
“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZ2-N2Q : 21 January 2016), John Murray Scrimgeour and Ishbel Mcleod Fraser, 04 Feb 1915; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11379, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,707.
John Murray Scrimgeour and Ishbel McLeod Fraser, marriage notice, The Courier and Argus (Dundee, Scotland), February 8, 1915, page 6: Scrimgeour-Fraser—At St John’s Presbyterian Church, Vancouver, B.C. on the 4th [inst.] by the Rev. E. Leslie Pidgeon, B.A., John Murray Scrimgeour, M.A., LL.B., barrister, Vancouver, son of John Scrimgeour, solicitor, Dundee, to Ishbel M‘Leod, eldest daughter of [Colonel] Fraser, of Mayfield, Tain, Ross-shire.
Personnel Records of the First World War, Scrimgeour, John Murray (16416-J-39); http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=636429: “Name: Scrimgeour, John Murray; Regimental Number: 16416-J-39; Reference: RG9-II-F-10, Finding Aid 9-56, Volume 235; Item Number: 636429; Record Group: Imperial Gratuities.”
“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVGJ-BSRL : 13 December 2015), John Murray Scrimgeour, ; Burial, Forgan, , Fife, Scotland, Vicarsford Cemetery; citing record ID 125374201, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=125374201. Inscription: JOHN MURRAY SCRIMGEOUR, M.A. L.L.B, Solicitor, Dundee died 17 February 1942 and ISHBEL McLEOD FRASER his beloved wife died 23 January 1974 and their son Dr. J.W.F. (Ian) SCRIMGEOUR died 17 September 1999
Ishbel McLeod Fraser (wife of John Murray Scrimgeour)
“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZ2-N29 : 21 January 2016), John Murray Scrimgeour and Ishbel Mcleod Fraser, 04 Feb 1915; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11379, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,707.
Find A Grave; Isabel McLeod Fraser Scrimgeour; https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=120571477: Birth: unknown; Death: Jan. 23, 1974.
John W. F. Scrimgeour (son of John Murray Scrimgeour)
CMAJ February 8, 2000 vol. 162 no. 3, http://www.cmaj.ca/content/162/3/475.full; page 475: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1253650/pdf/cmaj_162_3_475.pdf: Scrimgeour, John W., Thunder Bay, Ont.; University of St. Andrews (Scotland), 1943; obstetrics/gynecology; FRCOG, FRCSC; former staff, McKellar General Hospital. Died following a stroke Sept. 17, 1999, aged 78.
Births, Deaths And Marriages; http://www.scrimgeourclan.org.uk/skirmisher/skirmisher22/s22births.htm: “A newspaper account has been received that notes the death of Dr. J. W. Scrimgeour of Thunder Bay, Ontario while he was vacationing in Dundee Sept. 17, 1999 at the age of 78 years. Born in Vancouver, but raised in Scotland, he moved to Canada in 1957 where he has since resided. Dr. Scrimgeour is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marie, children Graham, Fiona and Jackie and ten grandchildren.’
Marie Scrimgeour, obituary, Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal, http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chroniclejournal/obituary.aspx?n=marie-scrimgeour&pid=174133207&: “It is with great sadness that we announce that Marie Elizabeth Scrimgeour, aged 87 years, passed away peacefully at Pinewood Court on Thursday, March 12, 2009. Marie was born in Aberdeen, Scotland on August 24, 1921 and immigrated to Canada with her husband in 1957. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. J. W. F. (Ian) Scrimgeour in September, 1999. Marie is survived by her three children; Graham (Susan Chevalier) of Goodwood, Ontario, and Fiona (Andrew Lawrence) and Jackie (John Hinsperger) both of Thunder Bay. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; Darryn Scrimgeour, Jenna & Stacie Chevalier, Nathan, Derek and Richard Lawrence, Michael, Evan and Andrea Hinsperger. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service for the late Marie Scrimgeour will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Brodie Street on Wednesday, March 18 at 11:00 AM with Reverend Bert Van Cook officiating. Donations in memory of Mrs. Marie Scrimgeour to Camp Firefly (a local camp for children with diabetes), c/o Diabetes Health Thunder Bay, or to the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. The family would like to express our gratitude to the staff of Pinewood Court and the Thunder Bay Interim Long Term Care Centre for the wonderful care shown to our mum. Also, our special thanks to John’s mum, Myrna Hinsperger, for being such a good friend to mum over the past years. Online condolences may be made through www.nwfainc.com.”