Peter McGill

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Peter McGill
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2nd Mayor of Montreal
In office
Preceded byJacques Viger
Succeeded byJoseph Bourret
Personal details
BornAugust 1789
Creebridge, Wigtownshire, Scotland
DiedSeptember 28, 1860(1860-09-28) (aged 71)
Montreal, Lower Canada

Peter McGill (August 1789 – September 28, 1860) was a Scots-Quebecer businessman who served as the second mayor of Montreal, Canada East from 1840 to 1842.


He was born Peter McCutcheon in the village of Creebridge, Wigtownshire (now Dumfries and Galloway) in Scotland. In 1821, he changed his name when he became the heir of his uncle John McGill, at the latter's request.

McGill held a seat in the Legislative Council of Lower Canada from 1832 to 1837, the Special Council of Lower Canada from 1838 to 1841, and the Legislative Council of the United Provinces from 1841 to 1860.

Peter McGill's image in stained glass in the McGill Station of the Montreal Metro, next to the image of his predecessor as mayor, Jacques Viger.

McGill served as president of the Bank of Montreal from 1834 to 1860. He founded the first railway company in Canada in 1834. It is he, rather than James McGill, who is depicted in the stained-glass mural in the McGill station of the Montreal metro, even though the station is named for its proximity to McGill University.

McGill was St. Andrew's Society of Montreal’s first president.[1]

Rue Peter-McGill in Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough is named after him.

On his passing in 1860, Peter McGill was interred in Montreal's Mount Royal Cemetery.


External links[edit]

  • "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
  • "Peter McGill". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
Business positions
Preceded by
John Molson
President of the Bank of Montreal
Succeeded by
Thomas Brown Anderson