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Memorable Manitobans: Jacques Frederick Matthey (1777-1850)

Soldier.

Born in Switzerland, he was an officer of the de Meuron regiment which came to Canada in 1813 and was disbanded in Canada in 1816. He was engaged by Lord Selkirk in 1816 to lead a band of soldiers from the de Meuron and Watteville Regiments to Red River. He was with Selkirk when Fort William was captured in 1816 and went with the Earl to Red River in 1817. He was required to leave by justice of the peace William Coltman, but returned to the settlement in 1818 as military commander. Subsequently recruiting new settlers in Switzerland and accompanying them to the Red River, he became a centre of discontent before his departure for England in 1824.

Sources:

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

Page revised: 29 March 2008

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