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Memorable Manitobans: John Polson (1810-1890)


Born at Kildonan, Sutherlandshire, Scotland in April 1810, he came to Red River in 1815 with a party of Lord Selkirk’s emigrants and was the last survivor of the original family of Polsons who came to Red River. During his seventy-five years’ residence in the Settlement it is said that he was never further away from Kildonan than Portage la Prairie. The Hudson’s Bay Company granted him Lot 211 in March 1860 and, in August 1878, he purchased another quarter-section from the Dominion Lands Office. Polson died on 3 February 1890 and was interred in the Kildonan Cemetery.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 July 2015

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