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Memorable Manitobans: Andrew Wedderburn Colvile (1779-1856)

Businessman.

Born in England on 6 November 1779, he was a West India sugar merchant who became the brother-in-law of Lord Selkirk in 1807 and was associated with Selkirk in the Hudson's Bay Company and the Red River Settlement. He became a member of the HBC managing committee in 1810. In 1813 he assumed the name Colvile by royal licence. He secured George Simpson for the HBC, became a Selkirk trustee in 1820, and played a major role in the amalgamation of the HBC and North West Company in 1821. He was deputy governor from 1839 to 1852.

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: 22 June 2020

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