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Memorable Manitobans: James Sutherland (c1777-1844)

Fur trader.

Born at Ronaldsay in the Orkney Islands about 1777, he entered the service of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1797 and was employed as a writer at York Factory. From 1808 to 1813 he was master at Cumberland House. In 1816 he was made a prisoner by the North West Company during the Selkirk troubles. From 1819 to 1821 he was in charge of the Swan River District. He was promoted to the rank of Chief Factor in 1821. (He is to be distinguished from an earlier servant of the Hudson’s Bay Company, named James Sutherland, who died while in charge of Brandon House in 1797.) He was married twice. By his first wife he had nine children. In 1828 he married Jane Flett. He retired from the Company in 1827 and died at the Red River Settlement on 30 September 1844.

Sources:

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 September 2015

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