Matthew Cuthbert is the brother of Michael and Marilla Cuthbert, and the adoptive father of Anne Shirley-Cuthbert.


Early life Edit

Matthew Cuthbert is the brother of Marilla and Michael Cuthbert. He runs Green Gables with his elder sister.

Life with Anne Edit

Due to his quiet nature, Matthew's first impression of Anne is unclear until Marilla refuses to keep her. Matthew reveals he is fond of Anne and persuades Marilla to give the girl a chance. This quick acceptance of Anne endears her to Matthew. At one point, Matthew goes against Marilla's and buys Anne a beautiful dress with puff sleeves. Towards the end of the first season, the Cuthberts run into financial trouble. Matthew suffers a heart attack shortly after learning the family may be ruined. Upon waking, Matthew goes into a cabinet to get a gun with the intention of committing suicide. Matthew thought that Marilla and Anne would be able to survive on the insurance money they would receive from his death. However, he is caught by Jeannie before he can take his life and collapses again. Matthew recovers well.

Physical appearanceEdit

He is a tall man with tanner skin than his sister, due to being outside all the time. He has wise sky-blue eyes that are identical to Marilla's eyes and has messy grey hair that can't seem to be tamed


Matthew is a kind and incredibly shy man. He is terribly afraid of women, with the exception of his sister Marilla and adoptive daughter Anne.


Jerry Baynard Edit

Matthew employs Jerry to work at Green Gables.

Marilla CuthbertEdit

Matthew and Marilla are brother and sister. They share a good bond with each other, although sometimes they get cross with each other.

Michael CuthbertEdit

Matthew's deceased brother.

Anne ShirleyEdit

Matthew's adopted daughter.


It is implied that Matthew and Jeannie might have had feelings for eachother but due to the death of Matthew's brother and the situation with his mother, it never led anywhere. From there on, it was a "what if" aura between them, which Anne found intriguing since she was of the opinion that Matthew deserved love and a relationship.

Etymology Edit

Matthew is a male given name of Hebrew origin and means gift of God. Cuthbert is derived from the Old English word for famous and bright.

  • Matthew shares name with his father, Matthew Wilfred Cuthbert.

Behind the scenesEdit



  • The CBC website describes him as, A pathologically shy man with a tender heart, Matthew’s broken spirit and zest for life is reinvigorated by his love for Anne.[1]
  • According to the Cuthbert family Bible, Matthew was born on June 15, 1841.


Anne of Green Gables Wiki has 209 images of Matthew Cuthbert (view gallery).


Season 1 (Anne with an E)

Season 2 (Anne with an E)

Season 3 (Anne with an E)


See alsoEdit

Major characters
Billy Andrews · Jane Andrews · Diana Barry · Eliza Barry · William Barry · Jerry Baynard · Gilbert Blythe · Marilla Cuthbert
Matthew Cuthbert · Ruby Gillis · Ka’kwet · Sebastian Lacroix · Rachel Lynde · Cole Mackenzie · Mr. Phillips · Josie Pye
Anne Shirley · Miss Stacy
Minor characters
Aluk · Mr. Andrews · Mrs. Andrews · Prissy Andrews · Mr. Avery · Bank Manager · Minnie May Barry · Josephine Barry
Mr. Baynard · Mrs. Baynard · Father Beck · Mrs. Blewett · John Blythe · Tillie Boulter · Cecile Chaminade · Constance
Michael Cuthbert · Doctor · Mr. Dunlop · Malcolm Frost · Mr. Gillis · Mrs. Gillis · Mr. Hammond · Mrs. Hammond · Elijah Hanford
Jeannie · Mary Joe · Jocelyn · Kitpu · Delphine Lacroix · Hazel Lacroix · Mary Lacroix · Caleb Lynde · Thomas Lynde
Madam Lyudmila · Mrs. Mackenzie · Sister Maria · Matron · Mimikej · Minister · Mrs. Morrison · Nathaniel · Older Girl · Oqwatnuk
Paul #1 · Paul #2 · Pawnbroker · Mrs. Pye · Miss Rogerson · Rollings · Winifred Rose · Charlie Sloane · Mrs. Spencer
Moody Spurgeon · Mrs. Spurgeon · Stationmaster · Dr. Ward · Woman in Blue Top Hat

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