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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick Damien Heurter (?-?)


Born in Switzerland, he was a sergeant in the De Meuron regiment that disbanded in Canada in 1816 when he was recruited by the North West Company for service at Red River. Accompanying the Nor’Wester brigades west in the summer of 1816, he witnessed the aftermath of the Battle of Seven Oaks. Appalled by the brutality of the NWC, he defected to the Hudson's Bay Company in the spring of 1817, and his narrative of his experiences was published as Narratives of John Pritchard, Pierre Chrysologue Pambrun, and Frederick Damien Heurter, Respecting the Aggressions of the North-West Company, against the Earl of Selkirk’s Settlement upon Red River (1819). He later returned to Switzerland to recruit settlers for the Red River Settlement.


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 December 2017

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