John MacBraire Canada Scotland

Biography of John MacBraire

John MacBraire was born in 'Hallifax' (according to Josiah Walker's notes) in 1801. His father was James MacBraire, a merchant and philanthropist in St John's, Newfoundland. MacBraire moved to Berwick with his family in 1817.

John MacBraire matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1815. He appears in a list of Josiah Walker's students in Latin, and received a fourth place ranking in Greek that year 'For Propriety of Conduct, Diligence, and Eminent Abilities, displayed during the Session.' W. Innes Addison lists MacBraire as having an MD conferred by the University of Edinburgh in 1824, but it is likely that this refers a different John MacBraire, licensed by the Royal College of London and practicing in that city throughout the 1830s.

MacBraire served as a landlord and magistrate in Berwick, and died in 1839.


Printed Materials

  • Sir Bernard Burke, A genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry of Great Britain and Ireland, 2 vols, 5th edn, (London: Harrison, 1871), II, p. 837
  • W Innes Addison, Prize Lists of the University of Glasgow from sesion 1777-78 to Session 1832-33. (Glasgow: Carter & Pratt, 1902), p. 175
  • W Innes Addison, The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow From 1728 to 1858, (Glasgow: James Maclehose and Sons, 1913), p. 287


  • 'Deaths.' The Examiner 1661 (1 December 1839), p. 765


John MacBraire
Born 3 June 1801.
Died 3 November 1839.
GU Degree: Arts, 1815;
University Link: Alumnus
Occupation categories: magistrates
Record last updated: 29th Aug 2012

Country Associations

Canada Canada, Nova Scotia, Halifax
Place of Birth

Scotland Scotland, Berwick-Upon-Tweed
Place of Death

Canada Canada, Newfoundland, St. John's

University Connections

University Roles

  • Alumnus