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Charles Arkoll Boulton

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Charles Arkoll Boulton April 17, 1841 – May 15, 1899 is noted for his role in the Red River and North-West Rebellions

He was born in Cobourg, Canada West in 1841, the great-grandson of D’Arcy Boulton, and educated at Upper Canada College He served at Gibraltar, Malta and Montreal with the 100th Regiment of Foot

In 1869, he was part of a survey party sent to the Red River Colony On the orders of survey party leader, John Stoughton Dennis, he organized a group of volunteers to try to put down an uprising by Louis Riel When 50 of his volunteers were captured and imprisoned, he left the colony and went to Portage la Prairie He met some people who had escaped there and led an attempt to free the remaining captives They were taken captive by Riel's Métis He was later released and returned to Ontario

He operated a sawmill near Lakefield, Ontario, where he became a municipal councillor and then reeve When his business failed in 1877, he settled in the Shell River valley of Manitoba He became the first warden of Russell County and chairman of the judicial board for the western district in 1881

In 1885, he led a group of militia known as Boulton's Scouts to help put down the North-West Rebellion He was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1889

He died in Russell, Manitoba in 1899

External links

  • Works by or about Charles Arkoll Boulton at Internet Archive
  • Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
  • Charles Arkoll Boulton – Parliament of Canada biography


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