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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Parker Pelly (1790-1825)

Governor of Red River Settlement (1823-1825).

Born in England on 10 January 1790, he was a captain in the East India Company’s service, and from 1823 to 1825 he was Governor of Assiniboia in the Hudson’s Bay Company’s territories. He was not a great success. It was Pelly who took a series of watercolours by Peter Rindisbacher to England and had oil copies made which replaced the original figure of Andrew Bulger with himself.


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

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

Page revised: 28 November 2008

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