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J. D. McGregor, game changer

J. D. McGregor Assiniboine Basin

J. D. McGregor (1860-1935) photo: Assiniboine Basin

If frontier communities are to develop to their maximum potential, they require citizens who combine vision with practical, shirt-sleeve determination.

Brandon had such a resident in James Duncan McGregor, who found success in every venture to which he turned his hand.

Farmer, rancher, prospector, administrator, and public official. He made his distinct impression in all these callings.

Aptly nicknamed ‘Big Jim,’ when he opened ranch lands in Alberta, his holdings were noted for their immensity.

Back in Manitoba, when he decided to become a beekeeper, his apiary soon became the province’s largest.

McGregor had two major undertakings:

• Brandon became the home of the Provincial Exhibition due directly to the drive and influence of this powerful local personality.

• His legendary Glencarnock Aberdeen Angus herd.

Gwenmawr, McGregor’s home farm, five miles northwest of Brandon, became a local showplace.

It was there he developed the Glencarnock herd.

One of his animals, Glencarnock Victor, captured the grand championship at the Chicago International Livestock Show in 1912.

This performance was repeated by Glencarnock Victor II the following year.

McGregor derived much of his influence from his association with Brandon’s member of Parliament, Clifford Sifton, for whom he was campaign manager.

The ‘Laird of Glencarnock,’ as some residents called him, was both dynamic and innovative.

He is credited with introducing alfalfa into the West, and with using sweet clover and field corn as fodder.

McGregor led the campaign to have the provincial government establish a field force of agricultural representatives who would help farmers increase their production.

And he was the first Canadian farmer to be elevated to the rank of lieutenant governor.


At the time of his death, an editorial in the Brandon Sun described McGregor as the “most notable figure in Brandon and prominent in livestock all over the world.”

A Pictorial History of Brandon by Fred McGuinness

J. D. McGregor was instrumental in removing Manitoba’s early concentration in wheat and the farther West’s concentration on range cattle and helped to make the new country a land of varied agriculture.

His Glencarnock herd provided the foundation stock for many Aberdeen Angus herds established on the Prairies.

He won repeated victories with his herd, capturing the grand championship at the Chicago International.

McGregor’s portrait was hung in the Saddle and Sirloin Club in Chicago, the greatest honour the livestock men of America can grant.

Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame



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