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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Umfreville (c1755-c1789)

Fur trader, writer.

First engaged by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1771, he worked as an accountant at Severn House, then at York Factory. He was imprisoned by the French in 1782, and after his return to London he wrote newspaper letters highly critical of the HBC. He later worked for the North West Company on the North Saskatchewan River. In 1790 he published The Present State of Hudson’s Bay, a knowledgeable account based largely on the work of HBC officers.

More information:

Edward Umfreville, Dictionary of Canadian Biography IV, 742-43.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 29 April 2008

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