ROBERT G. BROWN
1851-1922

From: "The Storied Province of Quebec Past and Present"
Ed. Col. William Wood, Dominion Publishing Company, Limited, Toronto 1931


For more than fifty years, Robert G. Brown engaged actively as a merchant tailor in Montreal. Up to the time of his passing, at the age of seventy-one years, he applied himself devotedly to his business, and left behind him a record of honorable achievement.

Three generations, Mr. Brown being of the second, have engaged in this business here, his son of whom later, now being so employed. Mr. Brown interested himself in every field of advancement open to the citizens of  true public spirit. For his citizenship, as well as for his position in the business spheres of Montreal, he will be remembered long.

Mr. Brown, native of  Montreal, was born October 23, 1851. He was a son of Lieutenant George Fraser Brown and Mary Morrison, the father of  Scottish origin, and the mother of  Irish descent. Both died here and lie interred at Mount Royal.  Lieutenant Brown came to Montreal from Scotland as a young man, established the merchant tailoring business in 1850, which his son and grandson would one day head, and took an active part in the 1st Montreal Highland Company, Highlandersí Regiment, Montreal. He held the rank of lieutenant in this regiment.

In the public schools of  Montreal, Robert G. Brown secured a sound academic basis for later studies, which he carried on independently, becoming a man truly well educated through reading, reflection and experience. While still in his teens, a student at high school, he went to work in his fatherís tailoring establishment, and learned all branches of the craft, likewise receiving a good training In the commercial aspects of the trade. He continued associated with Lieutenant Brown, under the firm style of George Brown and Sons, until his fatherís passing; and thence onward he carried forward the business under the name style of  R. G. Brown and Company. With a very choice location in Bleury Street, Mr. Brown built up a most successful enterprise, noted for its styles and for the fairness of its prices, the quality of materials and service quickly and efficiently rendered. Mr. Brown became one of Montrealís best known merchant tailors before he reached middle age; and in later years his clientele remained constant, increasing under the added impetus given the business by his son.

Originally a member of the Presbyterian Church, Mr. Brown later in life joined the Church of England, which he supported as a member until the close of life. A strong Liberal, he gave valued aid to this party, and was a staunch backer of  Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Fond of sports, he took a deep interest in games, such as curling; was a member of the Outremont Curling Club, the Caledonian Club, and Prince Consort Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons. His philanthropic activities, which were given little of publicity by Mr. Brown, were accounted considerable.

Mr. Brown married, in Montreal, Mary A. Hight, native of  England, daughter of  William Hight and Matilda Gay. Of this union were born children:

1. Robert G. Brown, Jr., who now is associated with the Canadian Cartage and Storage Co. 
2. Percy Gay Brown, who, as mentioned, has succeeded his father in direction of the merchant tailoring firm. 

Mrs. Brown continues to reside in Outremont, where the family residence has been established many years. Active commercially and as a constructive citizen until the close of his years, Mr. Brown died, at his home in Outremont, October 6, 1922.


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