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Neil McColman


McColman, Neil, M.P.P., was born in the parish of Kilcoman, Island of Islay, Argyleshire, on the 15th of February, 1834. He is a son of Peter McColman and Ann McAffer, daughter of the late Duncan McAffer, of the village of Kilnare, on the west coast of Islay. Our subject's father adopted the life of a farmer, and with the outflow of emigration, came to Canada in 1843. He settled in Caledon West, where he remained for four years, then he removed to the township of Collingwood and began as a farmer. Mr McColman died in 1878. There was left a family of six, the subject of our sketch being the second youngest. Neil McColman received a common school education in Islay, Scotland. After coming to this country, being then only twelve years of age, he began farming, and continued at this occupation with good success until 1883, when he retired, and rented his farm of 100 acres. He then removed to Thornbury to superintend the construction of the harbour works in that village, where he still resides. In 1867, Mr. McColman was elected to the township council of Collingwood, and in 1869 was elected reeve for the same township, and he was re-elected for several years afterwards. In 1884, upon the death of the late A. W. Lauder, M.P.P., he contested the representation for the East Riding of Grey for the Ontario house against Robert Myles, of Euphrasia township, and he succeeded in defeating his opponent by a majority of 622 votes, which was a very decided victory. Our subject is a member of the Orange Association, and has held the office of master for some years. At present he is district chaplain of Collingwood District, and is a member of Lodge No. 1087. He is a man of wide and ripened experience, and has travelled through the greater part of Canada and the United States. In politics Mr. McColman is a Liberal-Conservative, and was president of the East Grey Conservative Association for six or seven years. He resigned this office at the time of his election. He is a member of the Provincial Liberal-Conservative Association. He was married, in 1857, to Martha Green, daughter of Maymon Green, of the County of York, a native of Yorkshire, England, and by this lady has a family of six children. Mr. McColman's public career, has, so far, been a credit to him, and those who have watched his administrative abilities in municipal matters, consider him a shrewd, level-headed man, and fit to take a place in any deliberate assembly.


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