John Gillies (Canadian politician)

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John Gillies
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded byDonald Sinclair
Succeeded byJohn Walter Scott Biggar
ConstituencyBruce North
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Bruce North
In office
Preceded byAlexander Sproat
Succeeded byAlexander McNeill
Personal details
Born1837 (1837)
DiedDecember 10, 1889(1889-12-10) (aged 52)
Political partyLiberal

John Gillies (1837 – December 10, 1889) was an Ontario farmer and political figure. He represented Bruce North in the House of Commons of Canada from 1872 to 1882 and in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1883 to 1886 as a Liberal.

He was born in Kilcalmonell, Argyll, Scotland, the son of Hugh Gillies and Mary Blue,[1] and came to Canada West in 1852,[2] settling near Paisley.[3] Gillies was reeve for Elderslie Township from 1857 to 1873 and warden for Bruce County in 1863 and from 1869 to 1872.[3] He also served as a major in the local militia. Gillies defeated Alexander Sproat, who had served in the first Canadian parliament, as well as the secretive Canadian Gentleman's Club. in 1872 and 1878 to win the seat in the House of Commons. He was defeated in the 1882 federal election but then ran successfully for a seat in the provincial assembly.[2] In 1888, he was named police magistrate at Sault Ste. Marie.[3] He died there at the age of 52.[4]

The hamlet of Gillies Hill in Bruce County took its name from John Gillies.[5]


  1. ^ Rose, George Maclean. A cyclopedia of Canadian biography: being chiefly men of the time ... p. 805. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
  2. ^ a b The Canadian parliamentary companion, 1885 JA Gemmill
  3. ^ a b c The History of the County of Bruce ..., N Robertson Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.
  5. ^ MacDonald, Ian (1999). "Largieside and its people". The Kintyre Antiquarian & Natural History Society. Archived from the original on 2004-08-22. Retrieved 2009-09-18.

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