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Memorable Manitobans: Allan McDonell (c1776-1859)

Fur trader.

Born at Glengarry, Scotland around 1776, he came to Upper Canada with his family. He joined Forsyth, Richardson and Company in 1799 and was sent west, serving as clerk in the North West Company after the two companies merged. He was first posted to Fort Dauphin and later to Red River. He was arrested by Lord Selkirk in 1816 at Fort William, sent east for trial, and later was indicted in Toronto. After the merger of the Hudson's Bay Company and NWC in 1821, he was in charge of the Swan River district until posted to Timiskaming in 1826. There was mutual dissatisfaction between him and the HBC in his later years, and he retired in 1843. From 1839 to his retirement he served on the Council of Assiniboia. After 1843 he lived in Montreal.

See also:

Allan McDonell, Dictionary of Canadian Biography VIII, 537-38.


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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 May 2017

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