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William Mactavish

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William Mactavish or McTavish 29 March 1815 – 23 July 1870 was a Scottish-born representative of the Hudson's Bay Company, who acted as governor of Rupert's Land and Assiniboia prior to the transfer of Rupert's Land to Canada and the creation of the province of Manitoba in 1870


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Red River
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life

He was born in Edinburgh to Dugald Mactavish and Letitia Lockhart, and was the younger brother of Letitia MacTavish Hargrave He came to Canada in 1833 to work at Hudson's Bay Company under the patronage of his Uncle John George MacTavish who was a chief factor He worked at York Factory under his sister Letitia's husband James Hargrave

Red River

In 1857, MacTavish went to Red River to be in charge of Upper Fort Garry He was appointed governor of Assiniboia in 1858 and later governor of Rupert's Land and Assiniboia He was imprisoned by Louis Riel and resigned on 15 January 1870 He died of tuberculosis after returning to the United Kingdom

See also

  • Simon McTavish
  • Clan MacTavish
  • Joseph James Hargrave


  1. ^ a b c d J M Bumsted 1999 Dictionary of Manitoba Biography Univ of Manitoba Press pp 168– ISBN 978-0-88755-318-9 
  2. ^ J M Bumsted; Alexander Begg 2003 Reporting the Resistance: Alexander Begg and Joseph Hargrave on the Red River Resistance Univ of Manitoba Press pp 271– ISBN 978-0-88755-360-8 

External links

  • Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

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