II-96785 | Duncan McIntyre, Montreal, QC, 1892

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Duncan McIntyre, Montreal, QC, 1892
Wm. Notman & Son
1892, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
17 x 12 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  male (26812) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
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Duncan McIntyre, another Scottish member of the CPR syndicate, was born in 1834 in Callendar, Scotland. He emigrated to Canada with his family in 1849, and worked for his uncle, Robert McIntyre, at Stuart, McIntyre and Company, a dry-goods importer. Saving his earnings, he began to invest in railways in 1860, and by 1880 he was the president of the strategically located Canada Central Railway Company. He joined the CPR syndicate in 1880, and only a few months later the Canada Central Railway was taken over by the CPR. He became vice-president of the company, but left in 1884 after a quarrel with George Stephen.

  • What

    Duncan McIntyre is pictured here in kilt and sporran, with his right hand resting on the handle of a short dagger or dirk.

  • Where

    McIntyre made his first railway investments in the Brockville and Ottawa Railway and the Canada Central Railway. These two companies supplied many of the best customers of McIntyre, Son and Company, one of Montreal's biggest dry-goods stores.

  • When

    McIntyre was heavily involved in railway development before joining the CPR syndicate in 1880, but he remained with the company for only four years.

  • Who

    McIntyre invested in various spheres of business: among other interests, he was one of the founders of the Royal Canadian Insurance Company (1873) and the Bell Telephone Company of Canada (1880).