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Memorable Manitobans: Jean Wedderburn Douglas (1786-1871)


A daughter of James Wedderburn of Ochiltree, she married Thomas Douglas, Fifth Earl of Selkirk, in 1807 and accompanied him to Canada in 1815. Lady Selkirk stayed behind in Montreal to look after business and legal details after her husband returned to England in 1819 for the sake of his health. After his death she remained involved with affairs of the Red River Colony, spending much time in the 1820s attempting to facilitate the success of the Buffalo Wool Company.

More information:

Lady Selkirk and the Fur Trade by Sian Bumsted
Manitoba History, Number 38, Autumn/Winter 1999-2000

Remembering Lady Selkirk by Hubert G. Mayes
Manitoba History, Number 13, Spring 1987


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

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