Angus Lorne Bonnycastle1

#67, (1873 - 1941)
FatherRichard Henry Bonnycastle2 (1843 - 1911)
MotherCharlotte Kate Cassan2 (1843 - 1930)
Relationship2nd great-grandson of John Bonnycastle
Charts5 Generations of Descendants of Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle (1791-1847)
Angus Lorne Bonnycastle
(Manitoba Historical Society)


Ellen Mary Boulton (1875 - 1955)

Life Events

WebLinkThere is a wiki article about Angus Lorne Bonnycastle.3 
OccupationAngus Lorne Bonnycastle was a farmer (1891), law student (1901), barrister (1905+). He was a Conservative member of the Manitoba Legislature (1907-1911).
BirthHe was born on 3 Nov 1873 in Campbellford, Northumberland County, Ontario.1 
(with Parents) 1881 CensusAngus Bonnycastle appeared on the 1881 Census of Seymour Township, Northumberland County, Ontario with his parents. He was 7 years old, born in Ontario, and was going to school.4 
(with Parents) 1891 CensusAngus Bonnycastle appeared on the 1891 Census of Seymour Township, Northumberland County, Ontario with his parents. He was 17, born in Ontario, parents born in Ontario, religion Church of England, and was a Farmer.2 
1901 CensusA.L. Bonnycastle appeared on the 1901 Census of Winnipeg, Manitoba, at 340 Spence Street, enumerated 6 Apr 1901. He was a Law Student and a lodger in a 14 room wooden house. He was age 28, single, born 16 July 1872 in rural Ontario, of Irish origin, and his religion was Church of England.5 
MarriageHe married Ellen Mary Boulton, daughter of Charles Arkoll Boulton and Augusta Latter, on 19 Nov 1902 in Russell, Manitoba.6
1906 CensusAngus and Ellen Bonnycastle appeared on the 1906 Census of Manitoba, at Section 3 Township 21 Range 28 W1, enumerated 29 Jun 1906. Angus was 32 and born Ontario. Ellen was 30 and born in Ontario. With them were their children Richard, Charles, & Charlotte, as well as 2 boarders, 2 clerks, and an importer, all single males. The Bonnycastles had one horse, two milk cows and two cattle. Their nearest post office was Russell. Their children Richard Henry Gardyne, Charles Humphrey and Charlotte Augusta were living with them.7 
1911 CensusAngus L and Ellen M Bonnycastle appeared on the 1911 Census of Winnipeg, Manitoba, at 1 Kennedy Street, enumerated 1 Jun 1911. Angus was 37, born November 1873 in Ontario, Anglican, worked as a Barrister on his own account at 1 Kennedy Street, and carried $1000 of life insurance. He reported working 52 weeks at 45 hours a week for $2500. Ellen was 36, born January 1875 in Ontario and also Anglican. With them were their children Richard H G, Charles H, Laurence C, Charlotte A, and Joan, as well as one domestic. The children did not attend school.8 
CEFAngus Lorne Bonnycastle volunteered for the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 2 Apr 1916 at Winnipeg, Manitoba. The attestation papers included the following information: he completed the Officers' Declaration Paper to serve in the 200th Battalion with the rank of Lieut Colonel; born in Campbellford Ontario on November 3rd 1873, present address 891 McMillan Ave., Winnipeg, next-of-kin wife Ellen Mary Bonnycastle. He was a barrister, Church of England, and had no former military service.1 
1916 CensusA L and E M Bonnycastle appeared on the 1916 Census of Russell, Manitoba, at Township 21 Range 28 W1, enumerated 1 Jun 1916. Angus was listed as head of the household but was in service at Camp Hughes [a Canadian military training camp west of Carberry, Manitoba] at the time of the census. Enumerated next to the Bonnycastles was Ellen's Boulton family.
Angus was 41, born in Ontario, and was a Barrister working on his own account. Ellen was 40 and born in Ontario. Both of them were Anglican and could speak French. Their children were Richard H, Humphrey C, Agusta C, Lawerance C, Joan, and Geoffrey.9 
1921 CensusAngus and Ellen appeared on the 1921 Census of Dauphin, Manitoba. They owned their 5-room wooden house. The family's religion was Church of England. Angus was 47, born in Ontario, and was a Judge, earnings not recorded. Ellen was 46 and born in Ontario. Their children were Richard (17), Humphrey (16), Augusta (15), Lawrence (13), Joan (10), and Geoffrey (7). The eldest four attended school.10 
DeathAngus died in 1941.11
ObituaryHis obituary was published on 9 Sep 1941 in the Winnipeg Evening Tribune.

Judge Bonnycastle Is Dead At Dauphin

A member of one of Canada's most prominent military families, Judge Angus Lorne Bonnycastle, 68, died this morning at his home in Dauphin, following a long illness. He had served as county court judge in Dauphin judicial district since it was organized in 1917.

Judge Bonnycastle had resigned his position, effective Aug 31 last, due to ill health.

During the Great War, while serving as provincial police magistrate in Winnipeg, Judge Bonnycastle, who had reach [sic] the rank of lieutenant colonel in the army, organized his famous 200th "Double Century" battalion, C.E.F. He made two trips abroad during the Great War.

Military Forebears

Born near Campbellford, Ont., in November 1873, Judge Bonnycastle was the son of the late Major R H Bonnycastle, of the 40th Battalion, who served through the Fenian Raid and Northwest Rebellion. His great-grandfather, Lt-Col Sir R H Bonnycastle, of the Royal Engineers, was sent to Canada by the Imperial government for the purpose of superintending the building of fortifications. He built old Fort Henry at Kingston and the Martello Towers in New Brunswick.

Judge Bonnycastle's grandmother was a niece of Capt. Rowed, one of Nelson's famous captains. His mother was a daughter of Capt. M S Cassan, of Queen's county, Ireland, and a granddaughter of Capt Yellow, who lost a brother at Waterloo and a son at Sebastopol.

Sat in Legislature

Judge Bonnycastle was educated at Russell, Man., studied law and returned to Russell to practice. He was admitted to the Manitoba Bar on June 28, 1905, after being articled to G R Howard, then to A R Tingley, KC, and to George W Baker, KC.

In 1911 he was appointed deputy provincial secretary and in 1913, provincial police magistrate. He relinquished these duties in 1916 on receiving authority to raise the 200th Battalion.

In 1907 Judge Bonnycastle was elected Conservative member for Birtle in the provincial house in the constituency of Russell.

Judge Bonnycastle was a member of the Anglican church.

In 1902 he married the eldest daughter of the late Lieut-Col the Hon. C A Boulton.

Surviving Family

Besides his widow, Judge Bonnycastle is survived by four sons and two daughters: Richard H G Bonnycastle, Winnipeg, Charles Humphrey, lieut-commander with the headquarters staff of the RCNVR at Ottawa; Lawrence, London, Ont; and Geoffrey, Guelph, Ont; Mrs H Rodney de B Greenwood, of Natthiaghali, Northwest Frontier province, India, and Mrs Anthony P Adamson, Port Credit, Ont; also nine grandchildren.

His son, Richard, left Winnipeg for Dauphin this morning and it is expected the body will be brought to Winnipeg for burial.

Judge Frank E Simpson, of Minnedosa, will take over the late judge's work at Dauphin until a permanent appointment is made.

Loss Keenly Felt

His Honor H W Whitla, senior county court judge for the eastern judicial district, as chairman of the board of county court judges of Manitoba said this morning: "It is with a deep sense of loss that I received the news of Judge Bonnycastle's death. He was an old friend of mine, and, although we all knew he had been ailing for some time, we expected he would be spared for many years of usefulness."

"The county court bench and the citizens of his district will feel the loss keenly. He was greatly respected wherever he was known. My colleagues and I express our deep sympathy with his family in their bereavement."12
Last Edited16 Apr 2014


  1. Canadian Expeditionary Force Attestation Papers & Enlistment Forms. Library and Archives Canada, (, online images, Angus Lorne Bonnycastle (no regimental number for officers).
  2. Online image of the 1891 Census for Canada (viewed at, Ontario, Northumberland East (98), Tp Seymour (i-3), page 1.
  3. Website Wikipedia (
  4. Online image of the 1881 Census for Canada (viewed at, Ontario, Northumberland East (123), Seymour Township (G-1), page 1.
  5. Online image of the 1901 Census for Canada (Library and Archives Canada,, Winnipeg (12), Winnipeg City Ward 3 (c-2), page 6, line 6.
  6. Province of Manitoba Indexes to Vital Records, Births >100y, Marriages >80y, Deaths >70y , <<>>", 1902,001460."
  7. Online image of the 1906 Census for Northwest Provinces (Library and Archives Canada,, Manitoba, Marquette (5), subdist 17, page 10, line 31.
  8. Online image of the 1911 Census for Canada (Library and Archives Canada,, Manitoba, Winnipeg City (24), subdistrict (12), page 3.
  9. Online image of the 1916 Census for Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta (, Manitoba, Marquette (25), Page 20.
  10. Online image of the 1921 Census for Canada, viewed at Manitoba, Dauphin, SD 5, Page 25.
  11. Letter from Angus Bonnycastle, Calgary, Alberta, to J Kolthammer, dated 1997.
  12. Obituary of Judge Angus Lorne Bonnycastle in The Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 9 September 1941. Digital image viewed online at
  13. Online, Manitoba Historical Society. <