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Memorable Manitobans: Andrew Wedderburn Colvile (1779-1856)


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.


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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