From: "Montreal History and Gazeteer to the year 1892"
By Rev. J. Douglas Borthwick, John Lovell & Son, Montreal 1892
He is a true Montrealer, having been born at Petite Cote, near the city,
on the 15th of January, 1829. His father came from Perthshire, Scotland,
at the commencement of this century. Mr. McGibbon's early years
were passed in agricultural pursuits, but when a mere lad he entered the
employ of Mr. Neil McIntosh, then a noted
merchant of Montreal. Full of push, he in a few years opened up business
for himself, and continued a well-known citizen till at the rebellion of
Louis Riel he was offered by the
Government and accepted a lucrative position as Quartermaster General and Chief Transport offcer of the Alberta field force under General Strange. After the uprising was over, he was too valuable an offcer to lose, so he now fills the position of
Inspector of Indian Agencies and Reserves in the North West Territories, his headquarters being at Regina, the Capital. When he left Montreal for this last post he was entertained by the citizens to a public banquet, a high honor but not the least uncalled for, as Mr. McGibbon had been one of the city's most prominent men for many years. He was a member of the City Council for some time, President of both the Scotch Societies here, the St. Andrew's Society and the Caledonian Society , a Governor of the General Hospital and House of Refuge.
In 1869, he was presented by the Minister and Congregation of Knox Church with a splendid testimonial, '' the famous Columbus Clock and marble pedestal.'' He married Harriet Davidson, and had a large family of children. The eldest is the well-known advocate, R. D. McGibbon, Q.C,