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Memorable Manitobans: James Robert Clare (1827-1867)

Click to enlargeFur trader.

Born in England, he was educated at the Royal Naval School in Camberwell and came to Moose Factory in 1845 as an apprentice clerk of the Hudson’s Bay Company. He served most of the next twenty years at York Factory and by 1858 was head of the post itself. He took charge of the Red River District in 1862 and stood in for Governor McTavish on several occasions. He died suddenly in London while on private business.

More information:

James Robert Clare, Dictionary of Canadian Biography IX, 130-31.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 18 June 2010

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