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Memorable Manitobans: John Fullartine (c1652-1738)

HBC governor.

Probably born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he first joined the Hudson's Bay Company in 1683 as one of its first Scots employees. He was captured by the French in 1689 and was held until 1692, when he was released from La Rochelle. He became deputy to James Knight in 1694 and was left in command by Knight in 1697, although his appointment was not confirmed. He finally received a commission as governor and chief commander of Albany River, Moose River, and Rupert River in 1702, subsequently contending with Anthony Beale for the primacy of command. In 1709 he fought off a French attack at Albany Fort. He retired from Rupert’s Land in 1711 and was elected to the General Court that same year, serving faithfully until his death.

More information:

John Fullartine, Dictionary of Canadian Biography II, 231-33.


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

Page revised: 9 March 2008

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