William Lothian (d. 1930) was born in Gordon, Berwickshire, Scotland. He came to Canada with his brother James in June 1880, spent the summer working near Neepawa and the following winter at a logging camp in the Riding Mountains. In the spring of 1881 he took out a homestead in the Pipestone Valley. While his brother remained to make the “improvements” on the farm, William returned to the Riding Mountains during 1881 and 1882 to earn cash to operate their farms. In addition to working at the logging camp, William also worked at the sawmill and the Hudson’s Bay Company flour mill. William apparently was an amateur poet. He also reported for the Brandon newspaper. He was appointed in 1898 to the Royal Commission on the problems of grain growing and marketing. He retired to Victoria. Based on information from Archives of Manitoba.