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Memorable Manitobans: Cuthbert Cumming (1787-1870)

Fur trader.

Born in Banffshire, Scotland, he joined the North West Company as a clerk at Fort Dauphin in 1804. He remained at Swan River until 1828, surviving the merger of the NWC and Hudson's Bay Company in 1821. He was promoted to chief trader in 1827, then transferred to the Montreal Department in 1828. He was not happy dealing with the timber trade and was pleased to return to the fur trade on the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 1833 and then the north shore of Lake Superior in 1841. In 1843 he returned to Swan River, but he had difficulty adjusting to the new conditions in the fur trade and soon retired to Colborne in Canada.

More information:

Cuthbert Cumming, Dictionary of Canadian Biography IX, 169-70.


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

Page revised: 11 October 2008

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