Scrimgeour, John Murray (1881-1942)

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1916, page 889 [edited image].

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1916, page 889 [edited image].

John Murray Scrimgeour was a lawyer who lived at 1934 Barclay Street in 1916.

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.

Ancestry.com. Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Passenger Lists, 1865–1935. Microfilm Publications T-479 to T-520, T-4689 to T-4874, T-14700 to T-14939, C-4511 to C-4542. Library and Archives Canada, n.d. RG 76-C. Department of Employment and Immigration fonds. Library and Archives Canada Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. John Scrimgeour, age 27, date of arrival: April 23, 1908. Vessel: Empress of Ireland. Port of Departure: Liverpool; Port of Arrival: Halifax and St. John.

Ancestry.com. Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Passenger Lists, 1865–1935. Microfilm Publications T-479 to T-520, T-4689 to T-4874, T-14700 to T-14939, C-4511 to C-4542. Library and Archives Canada, n.d. RG 76-C. Department of Employment and Immigration fonds. Library and Archives Canada Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. John Scrimgeour, age 27, date of arrival: April 23, 1908. Vessel: Empress of Ireland. Port of Departure: Liverpool; Port of Arrival: Halifax and St. John.

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.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 1033.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 1033.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 776.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 776.

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.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1910, Part 2, page 1107.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1910, Part 2, page 1107.

In 1910 he applied to buy 640 acres of land in the Cariboo Land District.

British Columbia Gazette, December 8, 1910, page 13997; https://archive.org/stream/governmentgazett50nogove_l6h9#page/13997/mode/1up.

British Columbia Gazette, December 8, 1910, page 13997; https://archive.org/stream/governmentgazett50nogove_l6h9#page/13997/mode/1up.

In 1911, John was in a law firm with George Duncan.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 634.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 634.

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/.)

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1913, Part 2, page 1271.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1913, Part 2, page 1271.

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/.)

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1915, page 955.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1915, page 955.

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.)

Vancouver Daily World, September 4, 1915, page 2, column 4.

Vancouver Daily World, September 4, 1915, page 2, column 4.

In 1915, John appeared in the University of British Columbia’s list of local university graduates.

University of British Columbia, Calendar, First Session, 1915-1916, page 140; http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/calendars2/UBC_Calendar_1915_16.pdf [36: St. Andrews University, Dundee, Scotland; 12: University of Edinburgh].

University of British Columbia, Calendar, First Session, 1915-1916, page 140; http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/calendars2/UBC_Calendar_1915_16.pdf [36: St. Andrews University, Dundee, Scotland; 12: University of Edinburgh].

During the First World War, John served as a second lieutenant with the Royal Garrison Artillery.

University of Edinburgh, roll of honour, 1914-1919; page 628; https://deriv.nls.uk/dcn30/1002/4948/100249482.30.jpg.

University of Edinburgh, roll of honour, 1914-1919; page 628; https://deriv.nls.uk/dcn30/1002/4948/100249482.30.jpg.

Library and Archives Canada; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Imperial War Service Gratuities; Reference: RG9-II-F-10; Volume: 235; Ancestry.com. Canada, Imperial War Service Gratuities, 1919-1921 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. John Murray Scrimgeour; Registration Date: 22 Apr 1920; Registration Place: Canada; Inferred Residence Year: 1920; Residence Place: Vancouver, British Columbia; Military Rank: Second Lieutenant; Regiment: R.G.A.

Library and Archives Canada; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Imperial War Service Gratuities; Reference: RG9-II-F-10; Volume: 235; Ancestry.com. Canada, Imperial War Service Gratuities, 1919-1921 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. John Murray Scrimgeour; Registration Date: 22 Apr 1920; Registration Place: Canada; Inferred Residence Year: 1920; Residence Place: Vancouver, British Columbia; Military Rank: Second Lieutenant; Regiment: R.G.A.

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.

Dundee, Angus, Scotland phone book, 1923, page 18.

Dundee, Angus, Scotland phone book, 1923, page 18.

He continued to practice law in Dundee through the 1920s and 1930s.

In 1928 he was a candidate for the Dundee Education Authority.

Education Election in Dundee, Evening Telegraph and Post (Dundee, Scotland), April 13, 1928; page 7. [selected portions]

Education Election in Dundee, Evening Telegraph and Post (Dundee, Scotland), April 13, 1928; page 7. [selected portions]

John became a member of the education authority.

Dundee Education Authority, Evening Telegraph and Post (Dundee, Scotland), April 20, 1928; page 7.

Dundee Education Authority, Evening Telegraph and Post (Dundee, Scotland), April 20, 1928; page 7.

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.

John Murray Scrimgeour, death notice, The Evening Telegraph and Post (Dundee, Scotland), February 18, 1942; page 5.

John Murray Scrimgeour, death notice, The Evening Telegraph and Post (Dundee, Scotland), February 18, 1942; page 5.

John M. Scrimgeour estate, notice to file claims, Courier and Advertiser (Dundee, Scotland), March 6, 1942; page 1.

John M. Scrimgeour estate, notice to file claims, Courier and Advertiser (Dundee, Scotland), March 6, 1942; page 1.

Dundee Estates. The Evening Telegraph and Post (Dundee, Scotland), April 24, 1942; page 5.

Dundee Estates. The Evening Telegraph and Post (Dundee, Scotland), April 24, 1942; page 5.

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright.; Name: John Murray Scrimgeour; Death Date: 17 Feb 1942; Death Place: Dundee, Scotland; Probate Date: 4 Nov 1944; Registry: Llandudno. [Eik (pronounced “eek”): Additional inventory of property not included in the original inventory of a deceased estate. Glossary of Scottish legal terms: http://www.greyandcosolicitors.co.uk/glossary-of-scottish-legal-terms.asp#E.]

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright.; Name: John Murray Scrimgeour; Death Date: 17 Feb 1942; Death Place: Dundee, Scotland; Probate Date: 4 Nov 1944; Registry: Llandudno. [Eik (pronounced “eek”): Additional inventory of property not included in the original inventory of a deceased estate. Glossary of Scottish legal terms: http://www.greyandcosolicitors.co.uk/glossary-of-scottish-legal-terms.asp#E.%5D

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.

Aberdeen Nurse Weds Doctor, Press and Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland), March 22, 1950, page 6.

Aberdeen Nurse Weds Doctor, Press and Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland), March 22, 1950, page 6.

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.

J.W.F. Scrimgeour, death notice, Toronto Globe and Mail, September 25, 1999, page E8, column 6.

J.W.F. Scrimgeour, death notice, Toronto Globe and Mail, September 25, 1999, page E8, column 6.

Marie died in Thunder Bay on March 12, 2009.

 

Sources

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.”