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Memorable Manitobans: James Clouston (?-c1874)

Fur trader.

He came from Stromness in the Orkney Islands. He entered the service of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1842. He sailed to York Factory in the summer of that year in the Company’s ship Prince Rupert and was employed in that District. He renewed his contract in 1847 for a further three years, and in 1850 he again renewed it for three years. He was attached to Dr. Rae’s expedition of 1853-54 to West Boothia, but was one of the men who returned toYork Fort from Chesterfield Inlet when Rae had to arrange to winter at Repulse Bay. Clouston spent seasons 1853-54 and 1854-55 in the York Factory District and returned to Europe in the Company’s ship Prince of Wales in the autumn of 1885. His share of H.M. Government’s reward to Dr. John Rae for first ascertaining news of the fate of Sir John Franklin’s expedition amounted to £60.

Sources:

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Page revised: 31 July 2008

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