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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Kennedy (c1781-1832)

Fur trader.

Born in the Orkney Islands around 1781, he joined the Hudson's Bay Company in 1798 as a writer. He served at York Factory before becoming Master of Cumberland House from 1804 to 1806. In 1808 he went to Swan River, before becoming Master of Brandon House in 1811-1812. He returned to head the Swan River District in 1812-1813 and was the head of Norway House in 1820-1821. He returned to Cumberland House in 1821. He was a governor’s councillor from 1822. In 1830 he retired with his family to the Red River Settlement, but he died of typhoid fever in London in 1832. There are papers at the Archives of Manitoba.

See also:

Alexander Kennedy, RearView Manitoba, Archives of Manitoba


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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 September 2019

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