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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Mowat (1786-1862)

Fur trader.

He was born at Orphir in the Orkney Islands about 1786. He joined the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1806 and came to the Churchill district as a labourer and assistant trader. For some years he was at Nelson House and in 1819 he was put in charge, succeeding William Ross.

After the Companies were amalgamated he worked in the Nelson River district as an interpreter and later as a fisherman. In 1833 he settled in the Red River Colony and was one of the principal freighters by York boat between the Colony and Hudson Bay. He had two sons, Edward and Andrew.

Mowat died in a boating accident on the Red River about 1862.

He is commemorated by Mowat Road in Winnipeg.


Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Page revised: 31 March 2008

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