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Dr. William Robert Pentland[1]

Male 1842 - 1926  (84 years)


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  • Name William Robert Pentland 
    Prefix Dr. 
    Born 1842  Oshawa, Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Name W. R. Pentland  [3
    Occupation 1870  Elora, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Doctor 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-137997 
    Died 26 Jan 1926  [4
    Buried Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I137997  Generations
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2022 

    Family Helen Elizabeth Cairncross,   b. 1833, Birsay, , Orkney Islands, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1907, Burford, Burford Twp., Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 15 Jul 1870  , Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. John Pentland,   b. 5 Oct 1871, Elora, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1936, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     2. Hedley Mackay Pentland,   b. 16 Feb 1874, Elora, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1965, Vancouver, , British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2022 
    Family ID F47696  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Biography:

      Dr. William Robert Montgomery Pentland was born on the 17th of October, 1842, in Oshawa, Ontario. He was the 6th of 9 children born to Rev. John Pentland and his wife the former Frances Jane Montgomery. His father was an Anglican Minister who was born in Ireland. His mother was born in Jamaica. His siblings included, George, John, Victoria, Janette, Georgana, Alfred, Fanny and Charles. (William was the first child born in Canada.)

      Dr. Pentland graduated M.B. from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1865. According to the 1882 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Pentland joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 6th of June, 1866. When he was 27 years old, he was a practicing physician in Elora, Ontario.

      Dr. Pentland married Helen Cairncross on the 15th of July, 1870 in Perth County. She was born on the 1st of June, 1835 in the Orkney Islands, (located off the northern coast of Scotland), the daughter of James Cairncross and the former Hannah Hedley Mackay. She had a younger brother named Edmund. According to the 1861 census, Mrs. Pentland was living with her parents in Oxford County, Ontario and her parents were farmers.

      Their son John Pentland was born on the 5th of October, 1871 and their daughter Hedley Mackay Pentland was born on the 6th of February, 1874. Both children were born in Elora.

      By 1876, Dr. and Mrs. Pentland were living in Chatham. In the 1876-77 the Chatham City Directory, Dr. Pentland's office was located at 84 King St. West and his home was located on King Street near Second Street. It also records that Dr. Pentland was the Secretary of the Chatham Bible Society and the President of the Young Mens Christian Association (Y.M.C.A.) which had been organized in 1875.

      The Pentland family moved to Burford Twp, Ontario prior to 1896.

      Mrs. Pentland died on the 22nd of September, 1907. According to the 1922 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Pentland resided in Flatts, Bermuda. Dr. Pentland died on the 26th of January, 1926. Dr. and Mrs. Pentland are buried at Mount View Cemetery, 80 Blenheim Road, in Cambridge, (formerly known as Galt) Ontario.

      *His son, John Pentland served during World War I. After his discharge he became a druggist. John died on the 1st of June, 1936 and he was also buried at Mount View Cemetery.

      Biography:

      Dr. William Robert Montgomery Pentland was born on the 17th of October, 1842, in Oshawa, Ontario. He was the 6th of 9 children born to Rev. John Pentland and his wife the former Frances Jane Montgomery. His father was an Anglican Minister who was born in Ireland. His mother was born in Jamaica. His siblings included, George, John, Victoria, Janette, Georgana, Alfred, Fanny and Charles. (William was the first child born in Canada.)

      Dr. Pentland graduated M.B. from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1865. According to the 1882 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Pentland joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 6th of June, 1866. When he was 27 years old, he was a practicing physician in Elora, Ontario.

      Dr. Pentland married Helen Cairncross on the 15th of July, 1870 in Perth County. She was born on the 1st of June, 1835 in the Orkney Islands, (located off the northern coast of Scotland), the daughter of James Cairncross and the former Hannah Hedley Mackay. She had a younger brother named Edmund. According to the 1861 census, Mrs. Pentland was living with her parents in Oxford County, Ontario and her parents were farmers.

      Their son John Pentland was born on the 5th of October, 1871 and their daughter Hedley Mackay Pentland was born on the 6th of February, 1874. Both children were born in Elora.

      By 1876, Dr. and Mrs. Pentland were living in Chatham. In the 1876-77 the Chatham City Directory, Dr. Pentland's office was located at 84 King St. West and his home was located on King Street near Second Street. It also records that Dr. Pentland was the Secretary of the Chatham Bible Society and the President of the Young Mens Christian Association (Y.M.C.A.) which had been organized in 1875.

      The Pentland family moved to Burford Twp, Ontario prior to 1896.

      Mrs. Pentland died on the 22nd of September, 1907. According to the 1922 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Pentland resided in Flatts, Bermuda. Dr. Pentland died on the 26th of January, 1926. Dr. and Mrs. Pentland are buried at Mount View Cemetery, 80 Blenheim Road, in Cambridge, (formerly known as Galt) Ontario.

      https://ckphysiciantribute.ca/doctors/william-robert-montgomery-pentland/

  • Sources 
    1. [S1888] Canada, British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993.
      Name: Hedley Mackay Mowat
      Event Type: Death
      Event Date: 23 Nov 1965
      Event Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
      Gender: Female
      Age: 91
      Marital Status: Widowed
      Birth Date: 16 Feb 1874
      Birth Year (Estimated): 1874
      Birthplace: Elora, Ontario
      Father's Name: William Robert Pentland
      Mother's Name: Helen Caroncross
      Spouse's Name: George Gall Mowat

    2. [S721] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate (1870), Penland-Cairncross.
      Dr. Pentland, 27, MD of Elora, b. Oshawa, s/o John Pentland & Frances Jane Mongomery, married Helen Cairncross, 26, res. Shakespear, Ontario, b. Scotland, d/o James Cairncross & Hannah Hedley MacKay married 15 Jul 1870, Perth Co.

    3. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 19141-05.
      John Pentland, 35, Occ. Commercial Traveller, b. Canada, Res. Burford, son of Dr. W. R. Pentland & Helen Cairnross, married Mrs. Helen Norton, 35, Widow, b. Canada, Res. Brantford, daughter of Daniel Shannon & Bridget Milligan, Witn: Annie & Grace Dickson of Galt, 27 Dec 1905 at Galt

    4. [S122] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Mount View CC#4495 Internet Link .
      In memory of/ William R. Pentland M. D. / gone to be with his Lord/ Jan. 26, 1926/ Helen Cairncross/ wife of W. R. Pentland M. D. / died in Burford Sep. 23, 1907 / until the day dawn

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1842 - Oshawa, Ontario Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Doctor - 1870 - Elora, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Jul 1870 - , Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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