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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Bayly (?-?)

Hudson’s Bay Company Governor.

Born in London, England, to French Catholic parents, Bayly was educated in France before journeying to Virginia as an indentured servant and spending fourteen years of suffering there. He was converted to the Quaker faith in the late 1650s, and he returned to Europe as a missionary around 1660. He was frequently imprisoned for his faith and was released from the Tower of London in 1669 only on condition that he depart for Hudson Bay, where he headed a successful trading party in 1670 as resident governor.

Bayly was in England in 1671-1672, but then he returned to the Bay until 1674, when he was recalled but instead served under the command of his successor. In 1675 he resumed the governorship, holding this position until 1679. He died in London while under investigation for mismanagement. His Virginia sojourn is described in his A True and Faithful Warning unto the People and Inhabitants of Bristol ... with a Brief Account of Some Tryalls and Sufferings (1663).

See also:

Charles Bayly, Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

Sources:

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 July 2015

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