Fonds Accession: DRL-84-34. - Robert Machray fonds

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Robert Machray fonds

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CA DRL Accession: DRL-84-34.

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  • 1869-1883 (Creation)

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0.25 cm of textual records;
4 black and white photographs;
one glass negative

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Robert Machray was born 17 May 1831 in Aberdeen Scotland.He was ordained a Deacon in 1855, and a Priest the following year at Ely Cathedral. Aftre spending four years as a curate, he became Dean of Sidney College in Cambridge in 1858. He served as the Cambridge University Examining Chaplain from 1859 to 1860. Robert Machray served as Rector of Madingley from 1862 to 1865.He was consecrated second Bishop of Rupert's Land in Lambeth Palace Chapel by Archbishop of Canterbury on June 24, 1865. At the time , he was the youngest bishop in the Church of England. That same year, he was a preacher at Ramsden University He became the Metropolitan of Rupert's Land in 1875. He was appointed Chancellor of the University of Manitoba in 1877, a position he held for the rest of his life. Robert Machray served as Archbishop of Rupert's Land and Primate of All Canada from 1893 to 1904. Through the years he received Honorary Degrees from Aberdeen (1865);University of Manitoba (1883); Durham (1888); Trinity College, Toronto (1893); Oxford (1897).He also named Prelate of The Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1893 by Queen Victoria. He established the first Synod, and oversaw the division of the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land. Robert Machray died in 1904, and is buried at St. John's Cathedral, Winnipeg.

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The records of Archbishop Machray came to the Diocesan Archives as a result of a transfer of records in 1984.

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This fonds consists of photographs, legal documents (1873 - 1883) which includes Archdeanery change of name, marriage licenses and a resolution from the Province of York; a Collections account book (1871 - 1872); and an Altar Book. Research File.

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These documents are stamped with the EPRL Archives #2503. They have been placed in this fonds until further disposition can be determined.

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Related material: Synod Journals; "Life of Archbishop Machray" by Robert Machray; "These Men Went Out" and "The Anglican Church from the Bay to the Rockies" by T.C.B. Boon in the Library Collection

Associated material: See PAM: PRL-84-7, P339 Robert Machray (1831-1904)Records: 1860-189812.5 cm, correspondence, MSS letterbook, account books, reports, printed material, clippings.drawing of Machray as a younger man

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The material is in English.

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