Robert Stanfield

Birth Name: Robert Lorne Stanfield

Date of Birth: April 11, 1914

Place of Birth: Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada

Date of Death: December 16, 2003

Place of Death: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ethnicity: English, Irish/Northern Irish/Anglo-Irish, Welsh, distant French

Robert Stanfield was a Canadian politician. He was Premier of Nova Scotia, from November 20, 1956 to September 13, 1967, Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, from September 9, 1967 to February 21, 1976, and Leader of the Opposition, from November 9, 1967 to February 21, 1976. He was a Member of Parliament from Colchester—Hants (NC), and then Halifax (NC), cumulatively, from November 6, 1967 to May 22, 1979.

Robert was the son of Sarah Emma (Thomas) and Frank Stanfield, an entrepreneur and politician, who was Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, from November 19, 1930 to September 25, 1931. His uncle was politician and industrialist John Stanfield, who was also a Member of Parliament for Colchester (NC), from November 28, 1907 to December 16, 1917, and Senator for Colchester, from February 17, 1921 to January 22, 1934. His brother was businessperson and politician Frank Thomas Stanfield, who was also a Member of the Canadian Parliament for Colchester—Hants (NC), from 1945 to 1953.

Robert was married to Joyce Frazee, until her death, with whom he had four children; then to Mary Hall, until her death; and then to Anne Austin, until his death.

Robert’s paternal grandfather was named Charles Edward Stanfield. Charles was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England. He established the Stanfield Mills in Truro, which became garment manufacturer Stanfield’s Limited, later Stanfield’s, run by Robert’s father and uncle John.

Robert’s paternal grandmother was Lydia Dawson (the daughter of Samuel Edward Dawson and Jane Lord). Lydia was born on West River, Queens, Prince Edward Island. Samuel was born in Ireland, with roots in Monaghan, and was the son of Thomas Dawson and Elizabeth Frances Tate. Jane was born on Tryon, the daughter of John Lord, who was English, and of Charlotte Gouldrup, whose father was English, from Pentham Parish, Kent.

Robert’s maternal grandfather was named David John Thomas. David was born in Carmarthen, Wales.

Robert’s maternal grandmother was Rowena Crowe (the daughter of Thomas A. Crowe and Sarah Barnhill). Rowena was born in Belmont, Colchester Co., Nova Scotia. Thomas was the son of Joseph Crowe, whose father was from Londonderry, Ireland, and whose mother was from County Donegal, Ireland; and of Mary Jane Vance. Sarah was the daughter of Alexander Barnhill, whose parents were from Donegal and Londonderry, Ireland, and of Elizabeth M. Davison.

Sources: Genealogy of Robert Stanfield –

Genealogy of Robert Stanfield (focusing on his father’s side) –

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