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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Polson (1777-1857)

Pioneer, carpenter, farmer.

He was born at Sutherlandshire, Scotland in 1777. Before coming to Red River he married Catherine Matheson. They had eight children, including Hugh Polson and Angus Polson. He came to Red River in 1815 as one of the Selkirk Settlers, and made his home on the west side of the Red River about one mile north of St. John’s parish. By trade he was a carpenter and a farmer, and showed great versatility in his labours, building his own spinning wheel and making his own clothes. The family were active members of the Kildonan Presbyterian Church. Polson died in February 1857.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kildonan Settlers Bridge (Red River, Winnipeg)

Sources:

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 July 2017

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