George John Huntley Malcolm, 1865-1930


George John Huntley Malcolm



George John Huntley Malcolm was born August 20, 1865 in Kasauli, a Hill Station used by the British in northwestern India in the foothills of the Himalayas.1 His father was Colonel George Malcolm who served with the British Army in Crimea at the fall of Sebastopol in 1855 and at the seige of Lucknow in India during the Indian Mutiny in 1857. His mother was Emily Frances Miller, daughter of Joseph Dundas Miller and Elizabeth Tomlinson of Liverpool. Huntley was sent to England for his education at the United Services College at Westward Ho!, in Devon, England, the school which Rudyard Kipling attended. United Services College was a boarding school for sons of military officers.2

According to his son, Campbell, Huntley learned stock raising on his cousin's farm on the Isle of Mull, Argyleshire, Scotland, Huntley migrated to Canada in 1882 and attended the Agricultural College at Guelph, Ontario. In 1885 he homesteaded on the S.E. 1/4 of 4-16-26 in the Birtle Municipality near his Uncle Francis Benjamin Miller who had homesteaded there in 1881. Besides his uncle, there were numerous cousins of his in the area. Huntley farmed with an ox and plow, and lived in a sod shanty until he built a substantial log house which he named "The Thicket".3

George John Huntley Malcolm, age 4
George John Huntley Malcolm, age 4
Janet Inglis Winter Malcolm, age 25
Janet Inglis Winter Malcolm, age 25

Huntley married Janet Inglis Winter 5 September 1891.5 She was one of a large family who had come to the Birtle district in 1882. Around 1901 they moved to an area in the Miniota Municipality, where they built a stone house on Section 36-15-27 at the extreme north end of Miniota Municipality which they named "The Cairn". By this time the family consisted of a daughter Janet May, born 1893, Marion Ethel, born 1894, George Lawrence, born 1896, and Campbell, born 1898.6

Many enjoyable social events and dances took place in their home. People came from Miniota and as far away as Solsgirth and Birtle. The men wore their swallow tail dress suits and ladies wore formal evening gowns. The doors between the drawing room and the dining room were folded back to accommodate three groups of square dancers, and the music and laughter rang out until early morning. Transporation for these winter evenings was by horse drawn cutters and bob sleds with plenty of horse blankets, buffalo robes and foot warmers. Some of the family stock was turned out for the night to make room for the guests' horses.7

Janet died in childbirth on 26 January 1902 in Miniota, leaving Huntley with four young children.8 She was buried nearby on a hillside on her father's farm. She was thirty-six. In 1905 a new church, St. Alban's Anglican Church, was built southwest of Birtle and her remains were eventually reinterred in the little cemetery, known as Blenheim Cemetery. Her father, Christopher T. Winter, supervised the building of the church which is now closed and demolished, as of 1986. The cemetery is still there.

Son Campbell wrote of that sad time: “My mother was a beautiful, affectionate and sensitive woman and I am afraid she had a hard life in Canada and was so young to die at the age of 36. I was four years old. I can remember going over to the hillside grave of my mother and crying my eyes out.”9

Adelaide Barnes Malcolm

Adelaide Grellice Barnes

Several months later, on 2 October, 1902, he married Adelaide Grellice Barnes, 1863-1953, in Birtle, Manitoba.10 Addie, as she was known, was recently arrived from England and the daughter of an Anglican Minister.

Huntley was active in his community and served in several political positions. He was a school trustee and also the Secretary-Treasurer of the Birtle Agricultural Society. He was elected to the Manitoba legislature from 1909, 1910, 1914 and 1915. In 1920 he was appointed Minister of Agriculture and served for two years.11

Huntley died on 18 August 1930 in Brandon, Manitoba. He was buried at Blenheim Cemetery, near Birtle. Adelaide died in 1953.12


Related Links
More photos of the Huntley Malcolm family
Photograph of the Malcolm family outside their home, "The Thicket," in Birtle, 1899
Photos of the family home, "The Cairn"
Emily Miller and George Malcolm
Descendants of Emily Frances Miller and George Malcolm
The Miller family



Photograph of George John Huntley Malcolm comes from the Archives of Manitoba, Legislative Assembly 1921 and appears on the Memorable Manitobans page of the Manitoba Historical Society website, http://www.mhs.mb.ca/. Used with their permission.
Photographs of 4-year-old Huntley and Janet Inglis Winter Malcolm courtesy of Heather Mackenzie.
Photograph of Adelaide Grellice Barnes Malcolm courtesy of May Wady.


  1. George John Huntley went by Huntley, spelled Huntly originally, and spelled that way by his son as it was an old family name. By his later life, though, the name was spelled Huntley in various records

    He was baptized on 23 Jan 1866 in Gwalior, West Bengal, India, according to baptismal record information. At the time the West Bengal jurisdiction covered a great part of northern India.

    Parish register transcripts from the Presidency of Bengal, 1713-1948, Microfilm of transcripts of baptisms, marriages, and burials from Protestant and Catholic churches in British India. Records are at the India Office in London. Family History Library Microfilm 499021: Bapts., marrs., burs. v. 115 Jan-Mar 1866, baptized 23 Jan 1866, born: 20 Aug 1865, George John Huntley Malcolm, son of George & Emily Francis Malcolm, of Morar, Gwalior, George is Capt: H.M. 34th Reg.

    Website: Manitoba Historical Society, Memorable Manitobans database, http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/malcolm_gjh.shtml; accessed 6 Sept 2010). Place of birth given as Kussowlie, India, on 20 Aug 1865. This city can be found on current maps as Kasauli in the state of Himachal Pradesh.

  2. "Malcolm History," by, Marion Malcolm McKenzie, 1873; a privately written history of her branch of the Malcolm family.

    Information gathered from descendants and written up by Hope Healy Koontz whose grandfather was Huntley Malcolm’s first cousin. Family notes say that he went to school in Westward Ho!

  3. Campbell Malcolm's history of the Huntley Malcolm family written in 1972.

    "Malcolm History," by, Marion Malcolm McKenzie, 1873; a privately written history of her branch of the Malcolm family.

    Website: Manitoba Historical Society, Memorable Manitobans database, http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/malcolm_gjh.shtml; accessed 6 Sept 2010). This biographical sketch notes that he attended the King Edward VI school in Sherborne, England.

    Information gathered from descendants and written up by Hope Healy Koontz whose grandfather was Huntley Malcolm’s first cousin.

  4. Information gathered from descendants and written up by Hope Healy Koontz whose grandfather was Huntley Malcolm’s first cousin.

  5. Marriage to Janet Winter: Website: Vital Statistics Agency, Manitoba, Canada (website database: http://vitalstats.gov.mb.ca/index.html, accessed 6 Sept 2010), Regis. No. 1892-002375. Janet Inglis Winter and George John Huntley Malcolm married 5 Sept 1891 in Birtle.

  6. Information gathered from descendants and written up by Hope Healy Koontz whose grandfather was Huntley Malcolm’s first cousin.

    Sources for birth dates for the children can be found in the descent report for Huntley Malcolm under Related Links. One other child, Gladys Emily Malcolm, was born in 1892 but only lived seventeen days.

  7. Information gathered from descendants and written up by Hope Healy Koontz whose grandfather was Huntley Malcolm’s first cousin.

    A View of the Birdtail, : A History of the Municipality of Birtle, the town of Birtle and the Villages of Foxwarren and Solsgirth, 1878-1974, comp. & edited by Marion W. Abra. pub. by the History Committee of the Community of Birtle.

  8. Website: Vital Statistics Agency, Manitoba, Canada (website database: http://vitalstats.gov.mb.ca/index.html, accessed 6 Sept 2010). Regis. No. 1902-002557. Death of Janet Inglis Malcolm, 26 Jan 1902, in Miniota.

    The information that she died in childbirth came from Hope Healy Koontz’ biographical sketch of Huntley from her notes.

  9. Campbell Malcolm's history of the Huntley Malcolm family written in 1972.

  10. Website: Vital Statistics Agency, Manitoba, Canada (website database: http://vitalstats.gov.mb.ca/index.html, accessed 6 Sept 2010). Regis No. 1902-003145. Adelaide Grellice Barnes and George John Huntley Malcolm married 2 Oct 1902 in Birtle.

  11. Website: Manitoba Historical Society, Memorable Manitobans database, http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/malcolm_gjh.shtml; accessed 6 Sept 2010).

  12. Website: Vital Statistics Agency, Manitoba, Canada (website database: http://vitalstats.gov.mb.ca/index.html, accessed 6 Sept 2010), Registration number 1930-039011. Name given as George Huntley Malcolm; death was on 18 Aug 1930 in Brandon, Manitoba; age at death was 64.

    Campbell Malcolm's history of the Huntley Malcolm family written in 1972.


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