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Memorable Manitobans: Roderick Ross (c1834-1909)

Fur trader.

Born at Norway House, the son of Donald Ross who served the Hudson’s Bay Company, he was educated at St. John’s College at Red River and later at Cambridge University. He married Victoria Harriott in 1863, and had five children.

In due course he entered the service of the Hudson’s Bay Company and after postings at Fort Chipewyan and on the Peace River he was transferred to Norway House where he remained in charge for sixteen years. Later postings were at Ile-a-la-Crosse and in the Athabasca district. He retired with the rank of Chief Factor.

Ross died at Selkirk on 31 August 1909.

Sources:

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 September 2016

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