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Memorable Manitobans: Hugh Mackay Ross (1912-1992)

Fur trader, memoirist.

Born at Rothes, Scotland in 1912, son of Annie and Richard Ross, he was educated there and at Elgin, Scotland. He joined the Hudson's Bay Company in 1930 and spent 42 years with the company, serving at Grassy Narrows, Temagami, and Minaki (Ontario); Fort McMurray (Alberta); and in northern Saskatchewan, finishing his career as an administrative assistant to the General Manager at Winnipeg.

He served as President of the Elmhurst Golf and Country Club (1964-1967) and was Honorary Chieftan of Clan Ross (Manitoba Division). He wrote two memoirs of his experiences as a fur trader: The Apprentice’s Tale (1986) and The Manager’s Tale (1989).

He died at his Winnipeg home on 2 November 1992.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 November 1992, page 36.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 June 2022

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