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Memorable Manitobans: William Stuart (c1678-1719)

Fur trader.

He first went to Hudson Bay in 1691, rejoining the service in 1714 with James Knight, whom he accompanied on a treaty-making expedition to the Cree in 1715 because he spoke Aboriginal languages. Stuart’s part of the expedition, which crossed the Barrens to Great Slave Lake, was one of enormous hardship from which he never recovered. He became “lunatick” in 1719 and had to be tied to his bed, dying soon after. He was the first European to cross the Barrens.

More information:

William Stuart, Dictionary of Canadian Biography II, 615-16.


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

Page revised: 28 April 2008

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