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Memorable Manitobans: John McGillivray (1770-1855)

Fur trader.

Born in Highland Scotland, he was educated in Gaelic and English. He joined the North West Company in 1794 and served in the Churchill River Department and later the Athabasca Department. In 1816 he was taken prisoner at Fort William by Lord Selkirk. He retired in 1818 and moved to Glengarry County. He was a prominent Presbyterian and member of the Highland Society of Canada.

See also:

John McGillivray, Dictionary of Canadian Biography VIII, 546-47.


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

Page revised: 1 July 2021

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