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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Norton (1701-1741)

HBC governor, explorer.

He first came to Hudson Bay in 1714. He was a member of the advance party sent to establish a post at Churchill River in 1717, experiencing much privation and danger during the winter of 1717-18. He probably got as far north as latitude 60°. He commanded Fort Prince of Wales in 1723 and was moved as second-in-command to York Factory in 1726. He returned to the Bay in 1731 as Chief Factor and commander of Fort Prince of Wales, and he spent much of his effort constructing a stone building on the site. He was reprimanded for disregarding orders in 1739, and he died shortly after his return to England in 1741.

See also:

Richard Norton, Dictionary of Canadian Biography III, 489-90.


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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 February 2021

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