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Memorable Manitobans: William Hillier (?-?)

Agent.

He was employed by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1811 to train and lead a party of men who would be able to confront the North West Company when it became too aggressive. He sailed for York Factory with Miles Macdonell in 1811 and accompanied him to Red River in 1812, where he acted as agent for Lord Selkirk at East Winnipeg for several years. He left the Company upon the expiration of his three-year contract, claiming he had not been properly supported. Colin Robertson thought him too friendly with the Nor’Westers.

Sources:

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

Page revised: 18 March 2008

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