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Rev. George Mignon Innes


Innes, Rev George Mignon, MA., Canon and Rector of St. Paulís Cathedral, London, Ontario, was born at Weymouth, England, on the 21st January, 1826. He is a son of John Bontet Innes and Mary Evans, his father being a clergyman of the Episcopal church. The Inneses are descended from an ancient Scottish military family, John Bontet lnnes being a cousin of the late Duke of Roxborough. The Mignons, of which family the Rev. G. M. Innes' paternal grandmother was a member, were Huguenots, Count Mignon de Chasseau escaping from France in 1688, concealed in a soap barrel. George Mignon Innes was educated at Mil--hill Grammar school; passed his examination for the army at Sandhurst Military college; and received a commission in the army in 1849. His service extended over a period of twelve years in the Royal Canadian Rifles, and he retired as captain in 1861. He then studied theology, was ordained deacon at London, in 1862, by the Bishop of Huron; was ordained priest in the following year, and received the appointment of incumbent of Christ's church, London. In 1863 he went to Quebec as assistant minister of the cathedral in that city; but in 1868 he returned to London as assistant minister of St. Paulís cathedral. In 1871 he became canon and rector of the cathedral, and has since continued to adorn that position by his piety, his learning and his zeal. His whole enthusiasm is in his parish, and the kindness of his heart is shown by his tender attention to the sick. He is strictly of the Evangelical school, and his preaching and reading are made both pleasant and impressive by his full and musical voice. He has, as one writer justly remarks, an exceedingly "pointed way of putting things." His congregation, it need hardly be said, includes some of the leading families in London; and he has a strong influence for good in every way in his parish. From Bishopís College, Lennoxville, Quebec, Canon Innes received his degree of master of arts. Canon Innes has been twice married, first, in October, 1854, to Elizabeth Anne, only daughter of Col. John Clarke, of the 76th regiment. She died in 1865, leaving one son and three daughters. He married again on. the 6th May, 1867, Ann, daughter of Daniel McCallum, of Quebec. Canon Innes has a very extensive library, and few men put their books to better. use than he.


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