Pirie, James Henry

James Henry Pirie. This cabinet photo is courtesy of his great, grand niece, Marika Pirie.

Rifleman James Henry Pirie was born in Guelph, Ontario on September 7th, 1863, to George Pirie (1799-1870) and Jane Booth (1825-1895), and was the youngest of their eight children.  George Pirie arrived in Canada in 1838 with his first wife Mary Robieson, however, she died soon after arrival in Canada, and he remarried Miss Booth, another immigrant from Scotland.  He had seven children with his first wife, so the entire family included 15 children.   At some point not that long after George Pirie died in 1870 in Guelph, the family relocated to Toronto.

James served with Queen’s Own Rifles during the Northwest Rebellion in 1885, for which he was eventually awarded the North West Canada Medal.

He died July 5, 1944 at his residence on 750 Yonge Street and was buried in Newmarket, Ontario.

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