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Events in Manitoba History: Battle of Seven Oaks (19 June 1816)

On 19 June 1816, at a site known then as Frog Plain, colonial governor Robert Semple and about 26 men confronted a North West Company brigade led by Métis clerk Cuthbert Grant. A shot was fired and Semple and twenty of his men were killed. The following is a list, in alphabetical order, of those believed to have died in what is now referred to as the Battle of Seven Oaks:

James Bruin

Daniel Dinowan

James Gardner

Brian Giligan

Reginald Green

Edward Holt

Patrick Maroony

Duncan McDonnell

George McKenzie

Alexander McLean

Duncan McNaughton

John Mihin

James Moore

James Moore

John Rogers

Robert Semple

Henry Sinclair

Adam Sutherland

Donald Sutherland

James White

F. O. Wilkinson

See also:

The Forks and the Battle of Seven Oaks in Manitoba History edited by Robert Coutts and Richard Stuart
Manitoba Historical Society, 1994

Seven Oaks: An Account of the Affair of Seven Oaks; and a Report of Proceedings of the Gathering for the Unveiling of the “Seven Oaks Monument,” June 19th, 1891 by George Bryce
MHS Transactions, Series 1, No. 43, Read 1891

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Governor Semple School (150 Hartford Avenue, Winnipeg)

Memorable Manitobans: Robert Semple (1776-1816)


“Search File: Seven Oaks,” Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, A.10/2, fo. 323.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 October 2013

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