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Memorable Manitobans: Zachariah Gillam (1636-1682)


Born in Boston in 1636, he became involved in Hudson Bay through the support given by New England to Radisson and Groseilliers, and he served as captain of the Nonsuch on its 1668-69 voyage. He was subsequently dismissed by the Hudson's Bay Company for private trading, but rejoined the Company in 1682 in command of the Prince Rupert, which was lost at sea in October 1682. His family remained in Boston. He is commemorated by the Town of Gillam.

Father of Benjamin Gillam.

See also:

“Captains Gillam and Sanford of the Hudson’s Bay Company,” by G. A. Moriarity
Genealogists’ Magazine 10 (1947-50): 568-71.

Zachariah Gillam, Dictionary of Canadian Biography I, 337-38.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 July 2018

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