Clinkskill, James


Student United College 1868-1869 Chem.


Born 9.5.1853 son of James Clinkskill, engineer and iron founder, Glasgow and Josephine Katrine Marie Michel.

Attended Madras College, St Andrews.


Entered business in Scotland first in cotton and yarn for 13 years then as a groceryman for 3 years. Went to Canada in 1881 to Winnipeg then Battleford where he was active in the community. Moved to Saskatoon in 1889 where he established himself as a business man. Sat in the Territorial Assembly. Mayor of Saskatoon 1900, 1911, and 1912. Active in providing water, sewers and lighting. Governor of the University of Saskatchewan.


A Prairie Memoir: the Life and Times of James Clinkskill 1853-1936, ed. S.D. Hanson (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, 2003)


Died 6.8.1936.


  • Various Canadian websites under his name
  • James Clinkskill, by Donald Cameron Kerr in Dictionary of Canadian Biography.