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Memorable Manitobans: James Sutherland (c1751-1797)

Fur trader.

Born probably in the Orkney Islands, he joined the Hudson’s Bay Company as a tailor in 1770. He was ordered to London in 1775 and re-signed with the HBC in 1777. He was extremely versatile and became a successful inland trader, establishing posts on the Winnipeg River. He headed Osnaburgh House in 1794 and took over Brandon House in 1796, dying there shortly after his arrival.

See also:

“James Sutherland: Inland Trader 1751-1797” by Shirlee Smith, The Beaver, Winter 1975: 18-23.

James Sutherland, Dictionary of Canadian Biography IV, 727-28.


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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 September 2015

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